‘The 4th General Order’ Blog

“The 4th General Order” is a place for the Marine Corps League to share news about events. 

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  1. The Staten Island Detachment (246) will be hosting The Devil Dogs Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 25th from
    8 am until 12 noon. $10/person under 6 is FREE!!!
    Buffet Style

    46 Ontario Ave.
    Staten Island, NY 10301

  2. To All Staten Island Marines:

    Past Department Commandant Ken O’Brien is hospitalized at:

    University Hospital
    475 Seaview Ave
    S.I., NY 10305

    Room 3A23

    Sure he would like to hear from his brothers in SI.

  3. Marines, my thanks goes out to our National Chief Operating Officer Bob Borka and his lovely wife in getting this Library up and running. It is awesome and exactly what we need. It truly will be a source of information available to our members in real time.

    Semper Fi Bob,
    Johnny Baker
    National Junior Vice Commandant

    1. The Library is awesome. All the documents located here are just what we needed and now available to everyone with just a click. Looking over the book titles I can clearly see I need to start reading again.

      Thank you Bob Borka and “lovely wife”.

      Semper Fi

  4. The Department of North Dakota will host their FIRST Department Convention and will receive their
    Department charter – May 4-5, 2018.

    Registration information is available on the North Dakota page of the Midwest Division’s web site.

    ALL are welcome to join and celebrate!

    1. Congratulations to the Marines of North Dakota. I am proud of all of those Marines that assisted in making this a reality. Welcome!

      Semper Fi,
      Johnny Baker
      National Junior Vice Commandant

    2. Congratulations to the Department of North Dakota. Enjoy your Convention.

      Semper Fi,
      Joseph DeAngelo
      Asst National Vice Commandant
      Northeast Division

  5. From the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps:
    It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of the 10th SgtMaj of the Marine Corps. Now is the time to come together to celebrate who he was in life, which is how we will remember him. The Corps is a better place because of SgtMaj Robert E. Cleary.
    If you would like to pay your respect to SgtMaj Robert Cleary, a Memorial Mass is to be held on Tuesday, 20 February in Virginia Beach. He was a dedicated man to his family, our Nation, and our Marine Corps and is already missed. Semper Fidelis, “18”

  6. A couple Marines suggested I add a recommended reading tab and add the CMC reading list. Wow, I didn’t know it was so long. Check out the tab. Should I add a link to each book on Amazon or something?

  7. The Northwest Division will host it annual conference, September 14-16, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot in Spokane Valley Washington. Go to,
    mcl-nwdiv.org for more information.

  8. Bob, congratulations on putting up the “Library” website. I wondered how you were going to keep it a big secret until Midwinter. Great job.

  9. April 5-8, 2018 Lansing, Michigan
    The 2018 Central Division Conference will be hosted by Capital Detachment #148 and MODD Pound #138 “The Red Knights” on April 5-8 in Lansing, Michigan at the Radisson Hotel. For Direct Reservations please call 1-800-333-3333 or for the Hotel 1-517-482-0188 and use promotion code MCLA18 to receive your discounted group rate..

  10. Department State Convention 2018
    The John A. Lejeune Detachment
    Requests your Attendance May 18-20 2018
    At the Holiday Inn 5655 Greenwich Rd. Room rate is $99.00 night +Tax.
    Installation Banquet on Saturday night. Cost ; $45.00 p/p Which includes dinner & dancing. Friday will be Hospitality.
    Sat-Meeting-Growl- Banquet
    Reservations- Please call the front desk at 1-757-499-4400, If you have problems ask for Joann Sipe and she will handle it.
    Banquet money is to be sent to
    David Hord
    253 South Plaza Trail
    Virginia, Beach 23452-5444.

  11. On 22 February 2018 MCL #1284 Road Detachment was represented by Commandant John Reimer for a recognition of Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone at the Raritan NJ Public Library. Raritan is Basilone’s home town. Road Detachment is the closest Marine Corps League unit (we’re located in Manville/Hillsborough, NJ. ). We paid for and assisted with digitizing all the records in the Basilone Archive, located in that library, so that these records are available on the internet.

    Ocean View, Delaware


    Web: http://www.firststatemarines.org

    The First State Detachment of the
    Marine Corps League supports and
    contributes to the following:
    Your support makes this possible…
    Toys For Tots Campaign
    Semper Fi Fund
    Marines Supporting Marines
    Deployed Marines Fund
    Youth Programs
    Veterans and Their Families
    Charitable Relief Organizations
    Diakonia, Etc.

    The tournament will be held on 7 June 2018 at the Ocean City Golf Club, Newport Bay Course, Berlin, Maryland, just outside of Ocean City. The cost is $90.00 per player.
    As this tournament will be limited to 132 players we recommend early sign up.


    April 5-7, 2018
    Lansing, Michigan
    11 North Grand Avenue
    Radisson Hotel
    The 2018 Central Division Conference will be hosted by Capital Detachment #148 and MODD Pound #138 “The Red Knights” on April 5-8 in Lansing, Michigan at the Radisson Hotel. For Direct Reservations please call 1-800-333-3333 or for the Hotel 1-517-482-0188 and use promotion code MCLA18 to receive your discounted group rate.

  14. Morning Marines!
    What a great Midwinter Conference we had wasn’t it? As your National Funeral Honors Committee Chairman, I am going to start a closed group Page on Facebook that will allow you to see new committee info, post pictures and comments and stay in touch with everything we do. It is another way for you, the Membership, to stay currant in real time. Look for a link here soon. Semper Fi

    1. The Honor Guard facebook closed group page is up. Head to facebook and enter Marine Corps League Honor Guard in the search bar. Its a closed group som once you ask to join we will get you approved. Pass this on to all your members.

  15. Department of Kentucky Quarterly Meeting. Saturday March 24, 2018. Hosted by Lt. Presley O’Bannon 1342 @ American Legion Post 7 , !64 Versailles Rd. ( US 60 West) Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Growl 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00 MCL meet and greet. 12:00-13-00 Meal, 13:00-15:30 Meeting. Cost is $12:00 per person.RSVP mikeleaverton@aol.com. Directions Intestate 64 to Exit 58. Hwy 60 west on Versailles Rd 2.5 miles on RIGHT

  16. The Mid-Winter Conference was chocked full of important information. I especially thought the Commandants Council Meeting was what we needed to spill our gripes. Sr Vice Tobin and Jr Vice Baker answered most all of our questions. They did a fantastic job. Great Conference.
    Errol Heindel, Commandant
    Dept of Ky

  17. 15 – 17, June 2018
    Turf Valley Resort 2700 Turf Valley Road
    Ellicott City, MD 21042

    Hosted by: Department of Maryland
    Hotel and Banquet Information

    HOTEL: Turf Valley Resort
    Website: http://www.turfvalley.com 2700 Turf Valley Road
    Use group code 2844UW
    Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
    Phone: 410-465-1500
    or 888-883-8873
    The Turf Valley Resort has set aside a block of rooms for the Marine Corps League Mideast Division Conference. All room rates are based on double occupancy, exclusive of tax. Rates are per night’s stay. Additional adults over and above the double occupancy rate will be charged $15.00 per person, per night. Room rates are honored three (3) days before and three (3) days after the conference if you would like to extend your visit. Turf Valley has a golf course on the grounds. If interested, please email mclchick@hotmail.com for information on greens fees.

    Traditional 2 bed room $109.00 (plus tax) Check in time: 4:00 p.m. Check out time: 11:00 a.m.

     Parking: Free parking is provided.  Other Amenities: Weight room, spa, and outdoor pool  Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  Reservations must be made by Friday – 16 May 2018 to get the reduced Conference rate. Any requests after this date will be subject to room rate and availability. Please identify yourself as being with the Marine Corps League Mideast Division Conference.  Reservations can be made online by accessing their website at http://www.turfvalley.com Be sure to use Group Code 2844UW in order to get the reduced room rate.

    BANQUET: Saturday, June 16th 2018 Cost: $45.00 per person

    Buffet style with: Chicken Marsala with mushroom marsala jus Grilled Sirloin with blackberry balsamic reduction Garden Salad – grilled asparagus – mashed potatoes – garlic & herb potatoes – seasonal vegetable

    Variety of desserts
    Dress Attire: Formal (preferred) or MCL Red Blazer

    Questions concerning the hotel or banquet can be sent to Evelyn Remines at mclchick@hotmail.com

  18. All Marines female and male are taught about Opha May Johnson was the first woman Marine. She joined the Marine Corps in August 1918 and paved the way for thousands of other women to be able to serve as Marines through the current day. The tragedy is that she is buried in her family plot in an unmarked grave in St. Paul’s Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington DC. To date her important place in history is not even mentioned in the cemetery’s list of notables buried there. This oversight must be corrected. The Women Marines Association has sponsored a special project to get an appropriate marker installed to honor this pioneer veteran Marine. We have established a financial goal of $30,000. To date we have raised about $11,500. We could use your help to complete this project. If you would like to donate as a group or as individuals you can mail checks made out to Women Marine Association with note that the donation is for the Opha May Johnson project. Mail checks to:
    Women Marine Association
    P.O. Box 377
    Oaks Park, PA 19445-0377
    Thanks for your consideration.
    Kathy Sheppard
    Opha May Johnson Project Lead

  19. The Facebook closed group page is ready. Go to the search bar and enter Marine Corps League Honor Guard and I or one of the other admins will approve you. This page is for pictures, comments, thoughts or ideas and to keep you all up to date on what we are doing in the HG committee. Please be civil and remember this is for all of us. Semper Fi

  20. Good morning all:

    I am pleased to announce we have established a date for the Charter Presentation and Installation of Officers for the newly formed Rio Grande Valley Detachment #1456.

    June 9 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Classic’s Bar & Grill
    712 N 77 Sunshine Strip #30
    Harlingen, TX 78550

    Any an all are welcome to attend. (Yes, we are in DEEP South Texas).

    Semper Fidelis!
    Sean Downey
    Rio Grande Valley Detachment
    Marine Corps League
    (956) 752-6980

  21. Santiam Detachment #374 is hosting the 2018 Department of Oregon Summer Convention June 22-24 in Albany, Oregon at Phoenix Inn Suites. Registration Form, Schedule of Events, and Guest Tour documents along with further information can be found on the Department of Oregon Marine Corps League website at the following link.


    Our guest of honor will be Alek Skarlatos US Army National Guard veteran who, along with fellow Americans Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound train travelling from Amsterdam via Brussels in August 2015. Alek is a native Oregonian from Roseburg, Oregon and played himself in a Clint Eastwood directed movie the “The 15:17 to Paris’, the true story of a terrorist, a train and three American heroes.”

  22. August 9, 2018 at 9:30am.
    Dedication Ceremony whereas two VA Medical Centers will be named after two WWII Iwo Jima Marine Corps Heroes.
    Troy Bowling and Frank Sousley (Flag Raising)
    Veterans Hospital
    2250 Leestown Road
    Lexington, KY 40511

  23. 2018 Midwest Division Fall Conference will be hosted by the Department of North Dakota and the Dakota Leathernecks #1419 October 5-6, 2018 at the Quality Inn – 1030 E Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, North Dakota.

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