Door Peninsula Detachment 1130 History
Back in the mid to late 70s there was no detachment of the Marine Corps League in Northeast Wisconsin much less on the Door Peninsula. As is the Marine Corps tradition, a celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday has always been held on November 10 which we all know is the birthday of the Corps. Having no formal organization in the area, the Marines of the Door County had improvised and held a yearly birthday celebration at the Knights of Columbus Hall, now known as the White Lace Inn on 5th avenue in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin. This location had been used for many years by our local Marines to celebrate the birth of the Marine Corps. This celebration was a huge success that allowed fellow Marines and their spouses to come together and share their experiences and stories amongst other Marines. New friendships began to develop and the yearly celebration began to grow in size and popularity.
However, as goes with the great circle of life, some of the older Marines were called upon by higher authority and began their final march to guard the gates of Heaven. This began another type of celebration and union of our area Marines. It became befitting that our fallen comrades be celebrated with full Military Honors by our local Marines. This led to discussion’s about joining a formal group for Marines, and that group was called the Marine Corps League. An effort got under way to form a detachment for the Door Peninsula area Marines and on March 31st, 2003 and having fulfilled the requirements of the Constitution and having applied for membership in the Marine Corps League, the Charter membership of the Door Peninsula Detachment 1130 Wisconsin was born. The formal swearing in of thirty one Marines to form the Detachment Officers and membership body was held at Mr. G’s Supper Club in Door County, in memory of those Marines who by their deeds and heroism, have set the Standard that is our guide today. Since March 31, 2003 our membership has grown to 60 members. We have opened our membership area to include Door, Kewaunee, and Brown Counties and will consider Marines from outside these areas that have no formal league status.
Marine Corps League History
The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U. S. Marine Corps. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 76,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year
However, The Marine Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant, with 14 elected National Staff Officers who serve as trustees. The National Board of Trustees coordinates the efforts of 48 department, or state, entities and the activities of over 1000 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas. The day-to-day operations of the League are under the control of the National Executive Director with the responsibility for the management and direction of all programs, activities, and affairs of the Marine Corps League as well as supervising the National Headquarters staff. The prime authority of the League is derived from its Congressional charter and from its annual National Convention held each August in different major U.S.cities throughout the nation. It is a not-for-profitorganization within the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c) (4), with a special group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax deductible by the donor.