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Board Of Trustees:

Gary Mink
SrVice Commandant:
Gerry Vinopal
JrVice Commandant:
Chris Morland
Elizabeth Carl
Judge Advocate:
Lawerence Sajec
John Scheiding
Eric Voss
Sgt At Arms:
Keith Adamson
Web Sargent:
Andi Watson

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Looking for a few good Marines? Want to get involved with your community? Well then, you've come to the right place! The Marine Corps League Desoto Detachment #588 located at 5225 26th Street West Bradenton, Florida has been serving the community and Marines since 1987. Additional information about our organization and Detachment is published below. Have a look Marines, it's free!

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About The League


The Marine Corps League was founded by Major General Commandant, John A. Lejeune, in 1923 and chartered by an Act of Congress on August 4, 1937. Our membership is comprised of honorably discharged, active duty and Reserve Marines with 90 days of service or more, retired Marines and Navy Corpsman who served in the FMF. It includes officer, enlisted, male and female members.

The Marine Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant, with 14 elected national staff officers who serve as trustees. Day to day operations are under the control of an executive director who supervises the day-to-day performance of the national headquarters staff, located at 8626 Lee Highway in Fairfax, Virginia.

The prime authority of the League is derived from its charter and from its annual national convention held in August in different major U. S. cities throughout the nation. The National Commandant has operational control over the National Headquarters staff and the National Board of Trustees, who in turn coordinate the efforts of 47 department, or State entities, and the activities of over 812 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas.

The League is classified as a veterans / military service organization and was formed for the purposes of promoting the interests of the U. S. Marine Corps; to provide camaraderie and assistance to Marines, as well as to their widows and orphans; and to preserve the traditions of the U. S. Marine Corps. It is a not for profit organization within the provisions of Internal Revenue Service Code 50l (c) (4), with a special group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax deductible by the donor.

League members participate in: - The Veterans Administration Voluntary Service Program, an assistance program for hospitalized veterans - A national Service Program, which provides assistance to veterans in a wide area of matters relating to their military service

The League also: - Awards scholarships - Sponsors a National Youth Physical Fitness Program - Provides membership incentives - Participates in patriotic functions and provides representation to the U. S. Congress in legislative matters affecting the U. S. Marine Corps, national security and veterans benefits through its National Legislative Committee and its National Legislative Officer - Participates in Toys for Tots and other community based programs

Pup Col Warren elevated to Devil Dog by Pedigree Devil Dogs Tom Johnson and Bob Schooks Jan 2019

Waiting for Veterans Day Parade to Start

Rose Marie and Col Robert Warren Having a Grand Ole Time at the Grand Devil Dog Luncheon while at the 2018 National Convention in Buffalo NY

Honor Guard Presents Colors for US Army Veteran at Colony Cove 20 June 2018

Preparing to render honors for fellow veteran

LCPL Dalton Jenkinson Joins the Detachment

Members of Desoto Detachment #588, Morris Dixon Jr #54 and Patriot Guard Riders Get together for group photo after participating in a joint effort to inter Marcella Byerly at Sarasota National Cemetery.
More on memorial Page

Bradenton Castle Brick Dedication Ceremony 30 March 2018

Honor Guard at Bradenton Castle Brick Dedication 3/30/2018

Rifle Squad

Rifle Squad

64 Lumber Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Purple Heart Recipient Parking

St Patty's Day

No Pot of GOLD Here!


Basket Winner

Patti Katter Presents to the Detachment, Photo of our Commandant of The Marine Corps

Commandant Dave Klein Accepting Photo from New Associate Member Patti Katter 19 February 2018

2017- 1st Associate Member of the Year Jane Ryan

Color Guard practice April 2017

St Patty's Day Chefs Receive Appreciation for all of their hard work.

2017 Board Of Trustees are Sworn into Office


Desoto Grand Parade 2014

Bill Jarowyi & Bill Groendyke

Col Robert Warren & Lulu

With Maverick Johnson

L-R Tony Rosado- PFC Palinkas -Terry Gregory (Desoto Young Marines Commander)

PFC Palinkas recently graduated bootcamp training Sept.2013

PFC David Huston Jr. 3rd Generation of Marines Graduated Boot Camp 20 September 2013

Desoto Young Marines man the 18th Hole US Flag for Players during the 5th Annual Golf Tournament September 2014

2013 Golf Tournament

Our Detachment

The Desoto Detachment is comprised of members that represent many “era’s” of the Marine Corps. We assemble together monthly to join in camaraderie and fellowship, to share our experiences and to promote the traditions and interests of the Marine Corps. In addition, we meet to plan and organize our numerous activities and events. The Detachment’s standing annual events include:
Ø Manatee County representatives for the Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program
Ø Honor Guard Support for Ceremonies and Military funerals
Ø Scholarship programs
Ø Marine Corps Birthday Ball Ceremony
Ø Young Marines Program
Ø Manatee County Patriotism week/Veterans day parade

Although the Detachment does maintain a close and healthy relationship with the community, many of its activities are for the Marines of the Detachment and their families such as:
Ø Boating/fishing trips
Ø Spring training Baseball
Ø Trips to MCRD Parris Island
Ø Banquets and Dinner Dances

We work hard and we play hard!

Santa pays a surprise visit along with 7 elves to Cortez Road Walmart's first Toys for Tots Toy Drive 2014

One of the many toy drives held for 2013

Desoto Young Marines at the Department Fall Conference 2014 , Where they raised the morning colors and opened the meeting by presenting the colors

Young Marines present colors at Palm Air Golf & Country Club 14 June 2014

Memorial Day 2014

How do I join?

First you must attend one of our regular meetings. We meet at 18:30 on the third Monday of every month at our Headquarters in Bradenton. (Follow the map link below for directions)

Bring to the meeting a completed membership application, a copy of your DD214 or equivalant document. (Proof of eligibility) and $35.00.

Thats all there is to it.

Join Today!


"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem."

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America

5225 26th Street West  •  Bradenton, FL 34207
phone: 941-301-4598

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