We’ve backed off in good faith to try and give you a chance to straighten this problem out. But I am going to beg with you for a minute. I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

                    USMC General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

Next Meeting

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, Sep 20 beginning at 1830.  It will be held at our regular meeting place on the lower floor of the American Legion Post 74 building in Shadwell.

Annual Spring Picnic

Our annual Spring Picnic will take place on Thursday, July 19 beginning at 1830.  It will be held at the Elks Club Pavilion off Hwy 20 (see Map below), our usual location, and is free to members and guests.  We’ll send out a call for headcount closer to the date.  We typically hold the picnic in June but due to venue conflicts we’re moving it to July this year.  As a result there will be no regular meeting in June.

American Legion Post 74 Needs You!

As many of you know American Legion Post 74 allows us the use of their building for our meetings and events with no charge.  While we have made and plan to continue making an annual $250 contribution to the Post, Lowell Badgley asked that all of our members who are not also American Legion members consider joining Post 74.  It’s easy to do and costs just $35 a year for dues.  To join just call Nannette Hartman at 434-977-1050. It would be a great way to say thanks for all of their support to our detachment.

Memorial Day Activity

Tom Campbell will present the detachment’s wreath at this year’s VFW sponsored Memorial Day ceremony.  The ceremony will be held on Monday, May 28 at the Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall beginning at 1100.

Who Needs A Detachment Cover?

Carlton Crenshaw is the man to see if you need a MCL detachment cover.  You can contact Carlton by email at

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Benefits

The Veterans Administration has identified a group of qualifying conditions that are related to the Camp LeJeune water contamination.  A list of the conditions and other details can be found at the following web site:  We have a local Veterans Service Representative, Pamela Zirkle, who can be very helpful in getting related claims filed and processed. She is located at 2211 Hydraulic Road, Suite 102, Charlottesville, VA 22901 and can be reached by email at or by phone at 434.295.2782.

DD 214s Needed 

If you are not now on active duty the detachment needs to maintain a copy of your DD214 on file.  Please send a copy to:

Carlton Crenshaw
1336 Broken Island Road
Palmyra, VA 22963

If you no longer have a copy of your DD214 it can be obtained through the National Personnel Records Center web site at

If you don’t have access to a computer we can help you draft a request letter

Once A Marine, Always A Marine