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To preserve
the traditions, promote the interest, and perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and, by fitting acts, to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

To band those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that Service together in fellowship, that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy.

To hold sacred the memory and the history of men and women who have given their lives to the nation.

To foster love for the principles that they have supported by blood and valor since the founding of the Republic.

To maintain true allegiance to American institutions.

To aid voluntarily and to render assistance to all Marines, uniformed and civilian, as well as to their surviving spouses and orphans.

League members know a special bond of comradeship unique to those who have worn the Marine Emblem. The members look after one another. They observe national holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day and days of special interest to Marines such as the Marine Corps birthday, the anniversary of the flag raising at Iwo Jima and the day the Fourth Marine Brigade entered Belleau Wood.

The League performs some of its most important service on the local level through programs of benefit to the communities. Many detachments recognizing a need, embark on special programs to help advance their towns and cities.

Activities of Washington County Detachment 1138 include the following:


Color Guard - Our Color Guard is recognized as one of the largest and most active in the region.  We can be seen at numerous parades, sporting and ceremonial events throughout Washington County.


Honor Guard – Provides services for all fallen Marines in Washington County.

Marine Corps League Good Citizenship Award - Eagle Scouts are presented with this award in recognition of their achievement and to present them as future leaders.

Newsletter - A bimonthly publication, the newsletter presents pertinent current news and information from the Marine Corps League, the Marine Corps and Veterans Administration.

Wreaths Across America - Member Kathy White established our detachment as an official fundraising group to assist with the wreath effort at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.


Toys for Tots - Detachment members can be found volunteering with both the Washington & Greene Counties Toys for Tots and the Mon Valley Toys for Tots programs.

Scholarships - Scholarships are available to high school graduates and current college students.  Member applicant or applicant's father, mother, grandparents must be a member in good standing in the Marine Corps League or Auxiliary.


Sick/Distressed Comrades - Assistance is provided to members in need.  We also support the MCL Department of Pennsylvania Foundation which assists Marines, FMF Navy Corpsmen and FMF Navy Chaplain throughout the commonwealth.

Veterans' Affairs - The detachment actively works to protect and keep it's membership informed of the rights and benefits of veterans.


Collections - Volunteers conduct multiple collections throughout the year, which allows the detachment to make donations and do our good work.  Donations have included Wreaths Across America, SWPA Wounded Warriors and the MCL Department of Pennsylvania Foundation. 


Members of the Honor Guard rendering a final salute to a Fallen Brother.

Detachment 1138 donating $5,000 to assist in the building of Marine Doug Vitale's home.


2015 Washington Financial Customer Choice Award
CEO Brian Smith, Past Commandant White & COO Michael Chaido

Marine Corps League Washington County Detachment 1138
P.O. Box 137
Washington, PA 15301-0137