Free State Marine Detachment  #544,
Marine Corps League

The Freestate Marine Detachment meets at 7:30PM on the second Wednesday of each month at the Omaha Beach #7, Disabled American Veterans, Chapter Home located at
8205 Laurel Bowie Rd in Bowie, MD

About the
Marine Corps League


To preserve the traditions, promote the interest and perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps; to band together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps, eligible FMF Corpsmen and those who have been honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps, together in fellowship, that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy;


The Marine Corps League is organized around Marine detachments which are formed at the community level.  Each detachment, including Free State elects officers once a year in March. In our case, incumbents are encouraged to serve at least two years. Traditionally line officers (e.g. those elected: Commandant, Senior Vice, and Junior Vice) “work the chairs,” starting as Junior Vice Commandant.  Other officers and positions are appointed by the Detachment Commandant.

Donal Alexander


Gerry Bowersox

Senior Vice Commandant

Wayne Blackwood

Junior Vice Commandant

Jerry George

Adjutant | Paymaster

Gerry Bowersox

Sergrant at Arms

Gerard Devlin

Judge Advocate

Wayne Blackwood


Jerry George

Web Sergeant

Jerry George

Junior Past Commandant

Marine Corps League

Regular Membership

To be eligible for Regular member in the MCL a person must meet one of the following criteria:

Life Membership

Regular members in good standing are encouraged to become life members.  Current life member dues cant be found here:

Marines and other prospective members are encouraged to contact the detachment for more information.  Please note that any regular membership requires that a DD-214 be submitted with the application.

Associate Membership

Those individuals who are not qualified to join as regular members of the MCL may be accepted as Associate Members.


19 August

On 19 August, 1812, with Marines in her fighting tops “behave[ing] with great coolness, and courage during the action, and annoy[ing] the Enemy very much whilst she was under our Stern, (Hull)” USS Constitution (Isaac Hull) captured HMS Guerriere. After an action that included broadsides, canon fire at “pistol shot,” and a brief period of entanglement between the two vessels, Constitution "stood off for about half an hour, to repair our Braces, and such other rigging, as had been shot away." By this time it was dark. When Constitution came about, preparing to re-engage, Guerriere, with no colors left to srike fired a single shot in the opposite direction, indicating her surrender. In 1919 "The Marines' Hymn"" was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. In 1974 Marines defended U.S. embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, after sniper killed U.S. ambassador Roger Davies.   More …