Marine Corps League Coeur d’Alene
Pappy Boyington #966

About Us

The Mission:

The Marine Corps League is to promote the interest and to preserve traditions of the United States Marine Corps; Strenghten the fraternity of Marines and their families; serve Marines and FMF Navy Personnel who wear or who have worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor; and foster the ideals of Americanism and patortic volunteerism.

What We Do!

The Marine Corps League is proud to support our Marines in many areas. We have 10 Divisions covering 48 Departments, and over 1,140 Detachments in communities across the Country.

We support the Toys for Tots effort working with the Marines Corps Reserve and Toys for Tots Foundations to raise millions of dollars for the youth of America, collect and distribute millions of toys all across the United States of America.

The Marine Corps League provides funeral honors support to over 10,000 funerals per year. This support allows the Marine Corps (Active and Reserves) to focus more on their resources on mission preparation. The Marine Corps League supports the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Navy Marine Corps Relief Soceity, Macks Marines and the Young Marines. We have several scholarship / award programs including the Marinie Corps University LtGen Lejeune (luh-jem) Leadership-Award, Delta Dental Scholarship, and college scholarships through the Marine Corps League Foundation.

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes

pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to:



for service as set forth in the following



For extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO FOURTEEN in action against enemy Japanese forces in Central Solomons Area from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944. Consistently outnumbered throughout successive hazardous flights over heavily defended hostile territory, Major Boyington struck at the enemy with daring and courageous persistence, leading his squadron into combat with devastating results to Japanese shipping, shore installations, and aerial forces. Resolute in his efforts to inflict crippling damage on the enemy, Major Boyington led a formation of twenty-four fighters over Kahili on 17 October and, persistently circling the airdrome where sixty hostile aircraft were grounded, boldly challenged the Japanese to send up planes. Under his brilliant command, our fighters shot down twenty enemy craft in the ensuing action without the loss of a single ship. A superb airman and determined fighter against overwhelming odds, Major Boyington personally destroyed 26 of the many Japanese planes shot down by his squadron and by his forceful leadership developed the combat readiness in his command which was a distinctive factor in the Allied aerial achievements in this vitally strategic area.