Tootsie Roll Marines

  Have you ever wondered why Tootsie Rolls hold significance with the Marine Corps? During the Korean War, the First Marine Division met the enemy at Chosin Reservoir in subfreezing temperatures. Out of ammunition, Marines called in for 60mm mortar ammo; code name “Tootsie Rolls.” The radio operator did not have the code sheets that would tell him what a “Tootsie Roll” was, but knew the request was urgent; so he called in the order. Soon, pallets of Tootsie Roll candies parachuted from the sky to the First Marine Division! While they were not ammunition, this candy from the sky provided well needed nourishment for the troops. They also learned they could use warmed Tootsie Rolls to plug bullet holes, sealing them as they refroze.
Over two weeks of incessant fighting, the 15,000-man division suffered 3,000 killed in action, 6,000 wounded and thousands of severe frostbite cases. But they accomplished their goal and destroyed several Chinese divisions in the process. Many credited their very survival to Tootsie Rolls.

Patriotic Support given to Holland City citizens and visitors

  The one exception to the no meeting / event rule was our flag placement on 8th Street in Holland.  The members of the League placed over 60 flags on 8th Street to show patriotic support during this difficult time.  We received a lot of thank you’s and encouragement during the placement.  We will remove the flags when we feel the support is no longer needed.

Covid-19 (CoronaVirus) & Shoreline Detachment

The Shoreline Detachment of the Marine Corps League is suspending all meetings and events until it is safe for our members to meet without fear of contacting this virus.  We will engage and communicate via social media, but not physically.

2019 Flag Inventory and Audit

On Saturday, September 14, members of the Shoreline Detachment met at the Pilgrim Cemetery in Holland and inventoried all 437 casket flags held for the Avenue of Flags.  All flags were unfurled and checked for cleanliness and serviceability.  All dirty flags were removed from their poles for dry cleaning.  Unserviceable flags were either replaced or marked for future replacement.  While doing this we also recorded all information on the honored service person associated with those flags.  We will be making that information available to anyone requesting it.

Good Work Marines!   Semper Fi!

Cold War Medal

There has been some discussion around the Cold War Medal / Ribbon.  In 1998, Congress directed the Secretary of Defense to establish a certificate to honor United States Armed Forces members as well as eligible civilians who contributed honorably to the Cold War effort between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991. Those who received the Cold War Recognition Certificate may wish to accompany it with a medal and ribbon, though as an independently created award it is not eligible for wear on military uniforms.  In other words, it is good for the shadowbox, not for the uniform.  There are a number of Military Veterans retail sites that sell this medal if you wish to purchase it.

Authorization indicated in SecNav Instruction 1650.1H (see below)

http://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Publications/SecNavInst%201650.1H.pdf