Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Marine Corps League Detachment Turns 70formed in 1947 to Honor Fallen Marine

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Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Marine Corps League Detachment Turns 70formed in 1947 to Honor Fallen Marine


Calwell, Ben, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


Its been said that once a Marine, always a Marine.

The spirit of that statement is upheld every day by members of the Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Detachment No. 947 of the Marine Corps League. The detachment was formed in 1947 in honor of fallen Marine and Medal of Honor recipient Herbert J. Thomas, whose namesake hospital, Thomas Memorial Hospital, is in South Charleston. Now in its 70th year, the Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Detachment 947 perpetuates the traditions and spirit of all Marines who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Marine Corps, said league Service Officer R. Michael Mike Lynon.

According to Lynon, the Marine Corps League is the only federally chartered U.S. Marine Corps-related veterans organization in the United States. Among its goals are community service and promoting the interests of the Marine Corps.

We band together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service, Lynon said.

Additionally, Marine Corps League members voluntarily aid and render assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans.

Lynon said the Herbert J. Thomas detachment formed in 1947 a year before his (Thomas) remains were returned home from the Soloman Islands. It was nationally chartered in 1996 and has met at Thomas Hospital since.

In addition to helping Marines, Detachment 947 is actively involved in a number of community projects. Among them:

Junior ROTC support

Flag-folding ceremonies at churches, schools and community events

Honor and Color Guards

Herbert J. Thomas Hall of Honor sponsors

Caretakers of two Medal of Honor recipient burial sites and more than 40 Killed In Action burial sites at Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston

Vietnam War Commemoration partner

Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service program

Eagle Scout programs

Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery

Marine for Life program

Golden Living Center: bingo, veterans support, fitness and beautification projects

Awarding those in the community who display patriotism and support veterans.

Detachment 947 Commandant Owen Stout said the Marine Corps League is there for all veterans, not just Marines. …

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