Service doesn't end with your EAS!

The Marine Corps League serves our Marines, their families, and the community in which we, now, serve!

The Dakota Leathernecks Detachment #1419 of the Marine Corps League (MCL) was chartered 2 Jun 2014. Formed after three months of organizational meetings, members are comprised of Marines from several generations and decades of service to the USMC. We are conjoined with associate members that support the efforts/mission/causes of the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League. Our program of work is dynamic and diverse addressing the needs of our Marines, their families and the community in which we, now, serve!

In 1923, a few veterans Marines of World War I hosted a gathering of fellow Marines. This momentum spread as other Marines assembled reviving their friendship and camaraderie. The MCL perpetuates the traditions and spirit of all Marines and Navy Corpsmen who served in the Fleet Marine Force (FMF), and who proudly wear or have worn the eagle, globe, and anchor of the United States Marine Corp. Since its earliest days, the MCL has enjoyed the support and encouragement of Active-Duty and Reserve establishments of the USMC. The MCL takes great pride in crediting its founding to World War I hero, Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. The MCL takes equal pride in its federal charter, approved by an Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America, signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The MCL is the only federally-chartered USMC related Veterans organization in the country.  The MCL is a not-for-profit organization in accordance with the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c) (4), and maintains a special group exemption letter allowing contributions to the MCL, and it’s Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax-deductible.

Members of the MCL join together in camaraderie and fellowship preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the USMC, as well as band together those who are now serving in the USMC, eligible FMF Corpsmen and FMF Chaplain, and those who have been honorably discharged from that service, so they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aid and render assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their spouses, widows, orphans, and parents; and, perpetuate the history of the USMC, by fitting acts, to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular  interest to Marines.
Regular Membership Meetings

2nd Thursday of each month

Time — 1830

Dakota Leathernecks Marine House

2-miles west of Mandan

on Highway 10, north side of road


The Marine Corps League is a membership based organization. Regular membership is available for all eligible Marines, FMF Corpsman and FMF Chaplain. Honorary Active Duty Membership is available for all Marines currently on active duty status. Associate Membership is open to all citizens that support our beloved Marine Corps - this includes moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, veterans of other branches of service, citizens at-large and more.

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First Gathering

The assemblance of the Marine Corps League began with a reunion of World War I Marine veterans seeking camaraderie.

Original Charter

Congressional charter established the Marine Corps League as the only Marine Corps specific veterans service organization.


it's what you miss most!

Whether its a membership meeting, a community event or just a need to get together, Detachment members enjoy the camaraderie with one another; usually at our Marine House.

The Detachment hosts an annual BBQ event for area Recruiters, Poolees, and their families. This is also a great one-on-one activity to talk about life n the Marine Corps.

Serving our Community

and our Marines

Toys For Tots, 1940s USO Night, Military Appreciation Night, Color Guard or even Casket Bearers for a fallen Marine, Detachment members are ready to assemble and give needed help and assistance.

Detachment members are also addressing a program of work to address the ongoing suicides and addressing Marine (and family) well being. This is ongoing.

Marine Corps Ball

What is the Marine Corps birthday without the Marine Corps Ball? Hosted annually, Marines across the region assemble and revel in our Marine Corps lore and heritage.

Often times, the local Marine Corps Ball does not fall on the day of the Marine Corps birthday, in these moments, the Detachment will host a 'Toast to the Corps' at our Marine House - on 10 November.

Marine House

Serving as a meeting house, a place of assembly, as well as a place for outreach and events, our Marine House is our "Home".

Detachment members and a handful of community volunteers stripped this buldilng to its shell and reconstructed it to wher it is today.