Marine Corps League Tripoli Detachment

Marine Corps League Tripoli Detachment

The Tripoli Detachment was formed starting in January 1993, and received its Charter in May 1993. Meetings are held the second and forth Thursday of each month at 1830 hours (6:30) in Jonesboro, Indiana at the American Legion Post #95. Membership is open to all Marines and FMF Corpsman that wear the FMF device. At the present time, our membership total is 44 regular members and two associate members.

The Detachment has a Funeral Firing Detail that does Honors at funerals in Grant County Region for Veterans regardless of their branch of military service. Most of the funerals that we do are at the Marion National Cemetery but we also do local cemeteries as well.

Some of the activities that we take part in are taking wheel chair patients to church at the Marion VA on Sunday mornings; taking part in the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Marion National Cemetery along with placing flags on the veterans graves on the Saturday prior to Memorial Day and then retrieving the flags the day after the ceremony; Posting and Retiring the Colors at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony in December.

The Detachment is also ready to assist any Marine or Marine family in the area. We have our own Military Order of Devil Dogs Pound #260. During the year, we try to have Saturday morning breakfast get togethers. At the 4H Fair in June the Detachment has a booth and in September we have a booth at the Matthews Covered Bridge Festival where we do our annual fundraiser by raffling off an M1 Garand rifle.

Any Marines or FMF Corpsman interested in becoming a member or wanting more information, contact anyone of the Detachment Officers or fill out the application on this website and send it in to the above address.

Tripoli’s News - Gunny’s Corner

First, to all that came out and manned our Detachment booth at both the Matthews Covered Bridge Festival and the Gas City Duck-tail Run, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. It showed your commitment to the Tripoli Detachment and was greatly appreciated. The winner of the raffle for the M1 Garand was Laura Good from Ohio .

Our first meeting this month on October 8 will be a Devil Dog Growl. Nominations and elections of new Officers will take place. The next regular meeting will be on October 22. Both will start at 6:30 p.m. (1830 hours) and will be held at AmVets Post #5 in Marion . Hoping for a good turn out at both meetings.

This year is quickly coming to a close. On November 7, we’ll hold our Marine Corps Birthday Celebration at the Aero Club. On November 10, we will hold our annual Marine Corps Birthday celebration at the Marion VA. All members that want to help be in building #172, either in the Rec. Room or the Atrium at 1300. The cake will be taken care of, but looking for volunteers to purchase ice cream, pop, napkins, paper plates, plastic spoons & forks. Anyone wanting to volunteer to get any of these items, let me know. There will only be one regular meeting in November do to Thanksgiving and will be held on November 12.

The Gunny,
Conrad Heslin U.S.M.C. (Retired)

Tripoli’s Detachment Officers

Pound Officers:

Pound Keeper…PDD Judith Dailey
Senior Vice Pound Keeper…PDD Jeff Handy
Junior Vice Pound Keeper…DD Shawn McDonald
Pound Smart Dog…PDD Kelly D. Gilihan
Pound Dog Trainer…PDD John M. Swain
Pound Mad Dog…PUP Steve Brooks
Pound Police Dog…PUP Jeremiah Winters
Pound Dog Robber…PDD John W. Ruley
Pound Scratcher…PDD Conrad T. Heslin
Pound Watch Dog…DD Bill Maiden
Pound Barking Dog…PUP Raymound W. Thomson

Pound 260 Devil Dogs:

PDD…Cliff L. Bennett
PDD…Thomas Coath
PDD…James A. Deshane
PDD…Charles T. Duncan
PUP…William L Foy
DD…Wayne Gaskin
DD…Arthur Hand
DD…John C. Hawkins
DD…Richard A. Hensell
DD…Paul J. Herring
PDD…John C. Hollars
PDD…Michael J. Hutcheson
PDD…Edwin L. Hyatt
PDD… Mike M. Jacob
PDD…William D. Keller
DD…Jean P. Lushin
DD…Marcellous D. Malone
PDD…Jeffrey L Maynard
DD…Stephen P. Maynard
PDD…Kenneth R. McGreevy
PDD…Homer L. Teegarden
PDD…Elmer R. Wyatt

Corps pictures

This is some of my collection of Marine Corps pictures, that I have picked up over the years. Please feel free to use them, but only for personal use or for Non-Profit Organizations. That’s because a lot of them is how they let me have them to use. If I have any here that infringe on copy rights, please let me know and I will remove them.

Special Thanks to Doug Kidd for the use of all his graphics on this web site…


I, (Your Name), in the presence of Almighty God and the members of the Marine Corps League, here assembled, being fully aware of the symbols, motto, principles and purposes, of the Marine Corps League, do solemnly swear, that I will uphold and defend the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Marine Corps League. I will never knowingly wrong, deceive, or defraud the League, to the value of anything. I will never. knowingly wrong or injure or permit any member, or any member’s family, to be wronged or injured, if to prevent same is within my power. I will never propose for membership. one known to me. To be unqualified or unworthy to become a member of the League, I further promise to govern my conduct in the League’s affairs and in my personal life, in a manner becoming a decent and honorable person, and will never knowingly bring discredit to the League. So help me, God.



It sure is nice to be able to get back to “The Information Highway” on this page and fill everyone in on what has been going on in the League. I hear that you have been waiting for more news so that tells me that there is interest in this space and you are reading it. Thank you for listening.

I am sure that by now that you are aware that if you need new forms you can pull them up online and print them without having to order them from National. No more delays waiting for shipments and if you need more they are at your fingertips. This results in a savings in funds that had to be paid to suppliers who manufacture them.

A new Detachment locator in being implemented and we were hopeful it would be completed in time to introduce it a Mid-Winter. This will enable everyone throughout the league have contact information on all our Detachments. This info was destroyed when the site shut down and is being completely rebuilt. When installation reports are submitted this enables the most current info to be put onto the locator.

If you look onto the calendar you will see when some of the Divisions are having conferences making the membership aware of the dates, times and locations. As more information is received from the Departments and Divisions it will be added making it easier to plan your schedules so you can attend.

THE MCL History/Awards page had not been touched for several years; the MCL History is now up to the present and those that have been presented awards from the MCL is current. We were happy to make the awards and are more than happy to recognize the achievement on our webpages.

On the Links webpages we have installed easily recognizable as links. So instead of having to squint to read what the link says, this made it easier even us “older” people.

In regards to Veterans Info --We are updating the website with outside resources and within a very short time we should be in full swing and have useful and viable info to pass on. We have just sent two people to school for handling veterans claims cases, as soon as the certification is completed they will start handling cases for the League.

The Web Team is also working on installing video capability similar to YouTube. They hope to have it available in the near future. This way we can provide video clips from our conferences, conventions and other events that affect our Marine Corps League.

Also in the works are new committee pages that will contain the committee roster information, forms, reports and other information they deem valuable to the membership.

The Web Team is working hard to keep the website responsive and compatible with mobile devices. If the site is slow we may lose potential new members. The website is a communication tool for our membership but it is also a great recruiting tool, especially for the younger generation of Marines.
When the old site was taken down we lost the online ship store. This gave us the opportunity to put together a new site that did not require special logon/passwords. We were proud to launch The Semper Fi online store in December.

Remember to attend the Mid-Winter Conference, if possible, and once again be reminder to purchase your chances through Military Historical Tours for a free trip to any of the locations they are offering. Five tickets for $20.00 is still the best deal I’ve ever seen. Information and tickets can be found on this website with the Mid-Winter Conference information.

I want to thank everyone for allowing us, your Board of Trustees, the honor of being of service to your needs in being of service to our Corps. Remember there is no “I” in The Corps and we accomplish our goals as a T.E.A.M.

“Semper Fi”

Richard D. Gore, Sr.
National Commandant
Marine Corps League