Department of Washington Marine Corps League Annual Convention

Department of Washington  Marine Corps League  Annual Convention

June 7th 8th & 9th 2018

 Hosted by Members of the Olympic Peninsula Detachment 531 and the Puget Sound Detachment 336

Silverdale Best Western  |  3073 NW. Bucklin Hill Rd. |  Silverdale WA. 98383  | 360 698-1000


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Trump Signs Bill Approving Medal of Honor for Battle of Hue Marine

Fifty years after Battle of Hue City, retired Marine John L. Canley has moved a step closer to receiving the Medal of Honor for his "above and beyond" actions in the house-to-house fighting.

On Monday night, President Donald Trump signed a bill passed by Congress to waive the five-year limit on recommendations for the nation's highest award for valor and authorized the upgrade of Canley's Navy Cross to the Medal of Honor.


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Legislative Officer's Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Veteran Bill Tracking Report

Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Veteran Bill Tracking

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Senate Bills that affect WA residents who own firearms

Washington State Judiciary Committee Hearing, January 15 in Olympia, Washington


Senate Bill 5444, sponsored by Senator David Frockt (D-46) would impose a registration-licensing system on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity ammunition magazines that bill proponents label as “assault weapons” and “large-capacity magazines” (LCM).  Every person who possesses, transports, manufactures, purchases or sells a so-called “assault weapon” or LCM must have an annual state-issued license, with an updated license required every time there is a change in possession of the gun or magazine.  The licensing requirement has a delay period (until 2020) before it applies to persons who currently possess such items, but these persons would be prohibited from selling or transferring any gun or magazine designated by this bill to anyone other than a licensed dealer, a gunsmith, or to law enforcement for permanent relinquishment.  SB 5444 also mandates that relinquished guns and magazines “must be destroyed.”

Senate Bill 5463, sponsored by Senator Guy Palumbo (D-1), is vaguely written legislation that would require individuals to lock up firearms or potentially face Class C Felony charges.  This intrusive government legislation invades people’s homes and forces them to render their firearms useless in a self-defense situation by locking them up.

Senate Bill 5992, sponsored by Senator Kevin Van De Wege (D-24) mirrors federal legislation proposed by anti-gun California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).  This bill would make it a crime to knowingly possess a firearm accessory or any other device, part or combination of parts that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm.  The broad and overreaching provisions in SB 5992 could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.

Senate Bill 6049, sponsored by  Senator David Frockt , is yet another bill targeting so-called “Large Capacity Magazines” and would prohibit the possession of ammunition magazines holding ten or more rounds, with limited exceptions.  Those allowed to continue possession of “Large Capacity Magazines” within the limited exceptions would be required to lock up their ammunition magazine or face criminal charges.

Senate Bill 6146, sponsored by Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-37), would abolish Washington’s decades old state firearm preemption statute.  The state preemption statute, which passed in 1983, helps keep firearm and ammunition laws consistent throughout Washington by establishing that the State Legislature has full authority to regulate and create laws pertaining to firearms and ammunition.  These statutes help prevent a confusing patchwork of gun control laws which make it difficult for gun owners to ensure that they are following the law.  Further, Second Amendment rights are guaranteed to all citizens, regardless of where they reside.  State preemption statutes help protect against the infringement of rights of citizens who live in localities controlled by anti-gun elected officials.

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Member Survey

Greetings fellow Marines, Navy Corpsmen, and Navy Chaplains.  

I hope to see you tonight (Wednesday, January 10) at your detachment's regular meeting.  If you have not been to a meeting lately (or at all), simply show up.  We want to see you and welcome you to share in the Brotherhood of the Marine Corps League.  Don't be shy.  We won't make you do push-ups or cut your hair; but we will probably give you a big handshake and hug.

If you are not a member yet, or your membership has lapsed, our never-expiring invitation stands for you.  If you are not yet a member, the only thing you need is to show up.  Take a look at the membership requirements and if you meet the requirements.  Whether you left active service yesterday or 50 years ago, we want you. 

When you come to a meeting, you get to hear everything your detachment is doing, from helping a Marine in need to organizing annual events like shooting competitions and Bar-B-Qs.   Hear what we are doing, give your input and suggestions if necessary, and be a part of something bigger than you can imagine.  All you need to do is show up.  We are here for you.

This month, we are also taking a survey from the membership to help the detachment meet its mission.  If you are a current member, or perhaps someone who thought about it (and you gave us your email), you received the survey link today.  If you did not receive the email, we don't have your current email address and you are also missing all of your detachment emails.  Be sure to contact us to update your email address.

   There are only 3 things you need to do:   Show up.    Swear in.   Serve again.

I promise that this will be a lifelong decision that you will never regret in making.  Check out your Detachment 336 of the Marine Corps League.  Your help in helping Marines and Sailors is something more important than most people will ever know, and you should be a part of it.

Semper Fi.

Brett Shavers

Public Affairs Officer, Detachment 336, Marine Corps League

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242nd Marine Corps Birthday Dinner 2017 - Puget Sound Marine Corps League Detachment 336

The Puget Sound Marines observed the most revered US Marine Corps tradition with their 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Dinner. The event was held on November 11, 2017, at Billy Baroos, Foster Golf Links, Tukwila, Washington. The evening was presided over by Commandant Mark Gorman and Senior Vice Commandant Rick Flath. Music was provided by DJ Kruser.

The Pierce County Marine Corps League Detachment 504 and their guests, the Republic of Korea Marines (ROK), were well represented. The camaraderie among Marines could only be described as “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” The brotherhood is alive and well.

The “Mess Night” themed affair was celebrated by a sold-out banquet room of US Marines and FMF Corpsmen, family and friends. The evening’s Honored Guest and featured speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Tinson, Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor.

Longstanding traditions began with “Roll Call” by Era and the solemn “Fallen Comrades” table observance. General Lejeune Message was delivered, and Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Birthday Video reinforced the proud Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment through history and tradition.

The “Cutting of the Cake” Birthday Ceremony honoring the oldest and youngest Marines in attendance symbolized the passing of Marine Corps tradition from the old to the new.

Lieutenant Colonel Tinson’s, message that today’s Marine and Corps maintains the highest level of combat readiness in the finest traditions of the Corps. His report that the fitness of the modern US Marines upholds the 242-year tradition to excellence was well received by all.

By all accounts, the evening was a huge success. The voluntary dress code of regulation Marine Corps League uniform combined with the “call and response” of the Mess Night format infused the revered observance with good will, humor and traditional observances. Many attendees ended the evening in good cheer and looking forward to the 243rd Marine Corps Birthday celebration! All guests received a 242nd Maine Corps Birthday souvenir glass with the detachment logo. All military also received a USA/USMC mini flag with base.

Our appreciation goes out to Billy Baroos for supporting our event and especially the banquet crew whose customer service excellence contributed to the event’s success.

Kudos to Steve Knox, Adjutant/Paymaster for keeping the digits in order and staffing the Check-In table.


Special thanks go to Jennifer Flath and Carine Martenson for the creative and beautiful “Dress Blues” themed table decorations and US Marine Corps themed gift baskets.


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You never left the Corps.


Marines sometimes think they are leaving the Corps when their EAS comes up or when "RET" is an acronym after their name.  They take off the uniform and stop shaving for a month (or two…).  They don't look back and start to enjoy their new-found freedoms as they make new friends and work new jobs.  For many, the only remnants of the Marine Corps are the skills, attitude, and confidence earned through years of being "in the Corps".

But there comes a day when this changes in all of us. Marines eventually realize that they never really left the Corps. The Corps is deeply instilled in all facets of our lives.  We may not see it every day, but every day we are positively affected by our experiences in the Marine Corps.  At a certain point, we experience a revelation of the freedoms that we enjoy daily in that we actually were an instrumental part of protecting these freedoms.

More than that, we eventually realize that our worst days in the Corps were worth it, sometimes even more so than the best days, because we endured.  We persevered.  We did our best.  We rose to the challenges and overcame obstacles placed in front of us.  These worst days sometimes claim much of our being and the being of our fellow Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains.  The burden of our sacrifices is many times unknown by the citizens we served, yet we did it with Honor, without regret, and ​without​ complaint.  We carry it in our souls every day. <During hard times, how often have you said to yourself, "This is nothing. I was a Marine.">

Some of us realize these things quickly.  But many of us don't fully recognize this until we are older (and I argue, wiser).  When we reach this point, whether young or old, regardless of rank or service period or MOS, we realize that we are still in the Marine Corps, both in heart and soul.

You will be there eventually.  You may even be there right now.  And when you reach that point, consider serving again in a capacity that makes as much of a difference now as it did back then.  The Marine Corps League serves much more than a gathering of Marines. The Marine Corps League exists because of Marines like you to help Marines and our FMF Corpsmen and FMF Chaplains.

Now it is the time in your life to serve again. To recharge the Brotherhood in your life. To engage in serving Marines and your community as only you and the Marine Corps League can do.  You are that kind of person because you made the decision to earn the EGA when you could have done anything else.  It is in the nature of a Marine to keep moving forward, and to keep taking the initiative to do what is right.

Join your local Marine Corps League.  Simply show up for one meeting to see what the fuss is about.  I promise you, it is not what you are expecting it to be.  It is so much more.  If you are a Seattle area Marine, seek me out at a meeting.  I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to your fellow Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains.  So don't put it off any longer.  Your Marines need you. 

Because if not you, then who?

Semper Fi. 
Brett Shavers, Public Affairs Officer
Marine Corps League | Detachment 336  
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When did you first hear about the Marine Corps League?


I have to admit, I have seen the Marine Corps League over the years, mostly associated with Toys for Tots.  I am also sure that I have seen the Marine Corps League uniform in news stories.  But for the life of me, I never really connected the dots of the Marine Corps League and how it relates to me as a Marine veteran.

It wasn't until I had been out of the Marines for three decades did I even really notice the local Marine Corps League detachment in my home area.  Once I looked into the league, my first question was "Marine Corps League, where have you been all my life?".  The answer: It has always been there.  I just never took notice.

After I joined Detachment 336, I questioned why I never saw the Marine Corps League before.  I even looked up some old Hawaii Marine newspapers for when I was stationed at KMCAS in the late 80s.   Guess what I found...  I found more than a few articles about the Aloha Detachment seeking members.  During my time at KCMAS, I read that newspaper regularly when it came out (except when I was deployed…) and I overlooked the Marine Corps League every time.  Yet there is was; it just never caught my eye.

Now, I see the Marine Corps League everywhere.  I see the league at community events, supporting the VA, and supporting all things that directly help Marines, and of course those who served as a FMF Corpsman or FMF Chaplain.

My point is that the Marine Corps League has always been there and I just never saw it.  When I was active duty in the Marines, I certainly never thought of spending my free time in more Marine Corps.  After leaving the Marine Corps, my focus was transitioning into the private sector.  But I realize now that I could have (should have!) started my Marine Corps League time way back then.  I realize that now because only recently did I understand the importance of the MC League to veterans and to the members, including myself.

I write this in hopes that when you speak with other Marines, that you be sure to tell them about the Marine Corps League.  They may hesitate to commit any time to "the Marines" again, especially as a volunteer member, but you know how Marines are.  When they start something, they go at it hard until it is finished.  That is what we are looking for.  We are looking for Marines.  We are looking for FMF Corpsmen.  We are looking for FMF Chaplains.  We are looking for you.

You already stood on the yellow footprints.   Now all you have to do is…

Show up.

Swear in.

Serve again.

If you live in the Greater Seattle Area, I personally invite you to join in any of our regularly scheduled meetings.  There is no need to call to reserve a seat.  No tickets to buy.  Nothing to do except show up.  Be prepared to join because once you see what your Marine Corps League is doing, you will want to be a part of something great again.  And trust me. It is never too late to get involved.

Semper Fi.

Brett Shavers

Public Affairs Officer 

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Current Happenings in Your Detachment


The All Marine Steel Beach Party was a success.  If we missed you this year, be sure to attend next year!  Congrats to all the raffle winners and thanks to all who helped with setting up the event.  <note: I really wanted that BarBQ pit....maybe next year>.  

Speaking of the raffle, please help support next year's event by planning now for donations.   Ask your employer to donate something to the event.  Ask your neighbor to ask his or her employer to donate to the event.  If you are your own employer...donate something!  The proceeds go to one of the most charitable and effective means of helping support Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains.  Did I mention donations are tax deductible too?  Your detachment is a 504 (c)(4) organization.

Upcoming events!

Next Membership Meeting

September 13, 2017  |  7pm-8pm


Need need to RSVP, confirm a seat, or register.  Show up!  We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting, especially if we haven't seen you for some time.  If you are not a member of the Marine Corps League and just want to check us out, show up and say hi.  Be sure to check the membership requirements and be prepared if you would like to join.  Show up. Swear in. Serve again.


12th Annual All Marine Charity Golf Tournament

September 15, 2017  |  6:30am


Don't miss out on the annual golf tournament.  This is another way to not only support the detachment, but also get involved with your local community in supporting veterans.


242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball

November 11, 2017 |  5pm – midnight


Yes, you can still attend a Marine Corps Ball regardless of how long you have left the Marines.  Be part of the Brotherhood and get your tickets soon because space is limited and we are sold out every single year.  That means if you want to attend, buy your tickets now.


We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Semper Fi. 

Brett Shavers
Public Affairs Officer
Detachment 336​, Marine Corps League


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All Marine Steel Beach Party

The Puget Sound Marines, Marine Corps League Detachment 336 is throwing a free bar-b-q for all Marines, FMF Corpsman, FMF Chaplains, and their families at the VFW in Redmond, WA on August 19, 2017 at 4pm-8pm.

Veterans, retirees, active and reserve are welcome at no cost to enjoy the food, live music, and comradery.  

Event Information

Who: All past and present Marines, Corpsman, and their families

What: Steel Beach Party!

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: VFW Post 2995, 4330 148th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA

Join in great food and great company with your fellow Marines.

Hosted by the Marine Corps League, Puget Sound Detachment 336

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-corps-league-all-marine-steel-beach-party-tickets-35926789996?ref=ecount

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12th Annual All Marine Charity Golf Tournament - Seattle


For eleven years Marines from Puget Sound have come together to play golf in support of the Semper Fi Fund. Over the past eleven years, close to $400,000 has been raised to support injured Veterans and their familes.

As we start to shape our twelfth year, we are expanding our reach to the Marines Helping Marines program of the Marine Corps League. These two great programs are in tremendous and continuous need of financial support. 

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242nd United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Purchase tickets via Paypal to the 242nd Marine Corps Ball 

​We look forward to seeing you at the ball!

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Detachment 336 member Max William Diamond passed away June 3, 2017 at the age of 91

Max William Diamond passed away June 3, 2017 at the age of 91 with his two boys at his side in Federal Way. A beloved husband, companion, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was born in Auburn, Washington on October 12, 1925. He was a member of the 1st, 4th and 6th Marine Divisions as well as a survivor of the "Chosin Reservoir Campaign." He was also a member of the Puget Sound Leatherneck Honor Guard and Marine Corps League. He served in World War II Pacific Theater and Korean War. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=max-william-diamond&pid=185773341#sthash.YEldE8h8.dpuf

Max was a witness to the raising the Flag on Iwo Jima which is an iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, which depicts six United States Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, in World War II. Semper Fidelis

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Rose Program, Memorial Day

​Memorial Day, Bothell Washington

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It is with a heavy heart that I report to you that Jack Colman passed away at midnight. Marine Colman was an inspiration to many of us and the sense of loss is doleful.

We send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Thelma and family and friends. Jack was a good Marine. Rest in peace.

Bob O'Neil, Dual Member of Pierce County Marine Corps League Detachment 504 and Puget Sound Marine Corps League Detachment 336 passed last Tuesday. Bob was ever present at detachment meetings and events and his cheerful and unassuming manner endeared him to his brother Marines. Rest in peace.

We will pass along the internment schedules as they become available. All Detachment members should make every effort to attend, for Bob O'Neil, Max Diamond and Jack Colman, so far as your availability permits.

Note: Bob O'Neil may be viewed conducting a self introduction on video at: http://www.pugetsoundmarines.org/index.php/membership/videos

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Second Annual - Serving Those Who Served Conference


The purpose of this two day conference is to establish greater connection and collaboration between the Veteran Service Community on both sides of WA state, and provide relevant and current professional development in veteran specific content areas.Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel will provide lodging at the state rate - www.coasthotels.com- 509-662-1234Networking Social: July 26, 2017, 4:30-9:00 PM, Pybus Market

(Twelve CEUs) Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Veteran Homelessness and HousingPrograms
  • WDVA FinancialPrograms
  • VA Healthcare/VA ChoiceProgram
  • Life Cycle of aClaim
  • Suicide Prevention/SuicideSafety
  • VA Education Benefits / VetCorps
  • Cemetery and BurialBenefits
  • PTSD and Traumatic BrainInjury
  • DOC Vet Pods / Justice Involved Veterans /Reintegration
  • VocationalRehabilitation
  • County Specific Topics – Best Practices/Demographics/CountyVSOs/
  • Creating Regional StrategicPartnerships
  • Helping Vets Succeed in the Workplace andYesVets
  • Service Dogs


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Camp Lejeune & Military Contamination: How to Obtain Records


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Navy Hiring Event Seattle


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Update on Veterans Housing Programs at the Soldiers Home April, 2017

We all agree that one homeless veteran, or working veteran who is unable to achieve housing security, is one too many. That is why WDVA is working with service providers like the Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center and WestCare to increase the availability of supportive housing programs for veterans at the Soldiers Home. Attached are two documents that describe the programs each group is working to establish. I invite you to read these and if you have questions about the individual programs, please reach out to the point of contact for that program. If you have questions about WDVA's role in the programs, please let our Communications Director, Heidi Audette, know so we can route your question to the right person.

The Soldiers Home was established in 1891 to provide housing for homeless Civil War Veterans. Since that time, we have continued to serve veterans on our campus through the Federal VA's Domiciliary Program that provides funding for programs that serve homeless or economically disadvantaged veterans. Currently this program operates in Roosevelt Barracks.

With the scarcity of affordable independent housing or supportive transitional housing, we've explored options for putting our vacant rooms and buildings to use to serve our veterans. However, the lack of funding available at the federal or state level for either capital investments or operational dollars for new programs kept us from moving forward. For several years, our Domiciliary Program has been in a holding pattern as we wait for the Federal VA to release rules on the operation of this program. If those rules stay in their current form, it will make continuing to operate a domiciliary program in Roosevelt financially unsustainable. This is why we looked to our partners in the community.

In 2014, we entered into a lease with the WestCare Foundation to renovate Betsy Ross Hall and then operate a housing program for women veterans. If you were able to attend the Open House held in November 2016, you saw firsthand the transformation of that building into a beautiful home for women veterans! We followed-up with an email to the Soldiers Home staff on March 15 that had information on the Pierce County Executive's plan to provide $250,000 in operational dollars to fund the program, and a potential for $500,000 in matching capital for a program for male veterans in Roosevelt. We don't have any new information on the Roosevelt Program, but again, are interested in making sure any available rooms are used to serve veterans who need them. We have many considerations on WDVA's part as we have 18 domiciliary residents and several staff in the building. We committed to grandfather our residents in this program and will honor this commitment.

The Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center has been working on a dream that is becoming reality for a Veterans Village on several acres in the area behind the picnic structure by the Betsy Ross building. The Veterans Village would include 30 tiny homes along with a community building. The homes will include a living/sleeping area, toilet and sink. Kitchen and shower facilities would be located in the community building and provide that sense of camaraderie and community for veterans living in the houses.

Please know that any provider operating a program to serve veterans on the Soldiers Home Campus will be required to follow the same background check procedures we use for our own programs. In addition, the campus will remain a drug and alcohol free campus regardless of what entity operates the programs.

As plans move forward, we will continue to provide you with updates and information.

Thank you,


Lourdes E. Alvarado Ramos (Alfie)


WA Department of Veterans Affairs

Office: 360-725-2155

Mobile: 360-791-4339 

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Range Day

Range Day

Any day at the range is a good day. A day at the range with Marines and FMF Corpsman is a fantastic day.

Detachment 336 spent Saturday morning at the West Coast Armory range in Bellevue, WA (http://www.westcoastarmory.com/the-range.html) with a pistol qualification.The weather was nice, the range was nicer, and the West Coast Armory staff were superb. 

<Shout out to Tyler for giving a great safety brief.>

Although we were ranked by score, the more important score was getting together as a Brotherhood to spend time together and meeting new people.  Of course, it's always cool to see a wide range of firearms used by a wide range of members for the qualification, from 1911s to Glocks to 38 Specials.  Not that a Glock is better than any other firearm...but a Glock did take 1st Place today :)

If you missed the qualification shoot this time, be sure to make it the next time.  It's about the comradery. It's about getting together with fellow Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains.  It's about being together for each other to support Marines.

Be sure to make time to check out West Coast Armory if you haven't yet.  The facilities are really nice and they have a great selection of firearms.  As far as the West Coast Armory staff….they are a bunch of Devil Dogs. Ooh Rah!

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