Our History


Peter P. Monaco Jr. Det. 40 LogoThe Peter P. Monaco Jr. Detachment 40 was formed and named in honor of Corporal Peter P. Monaco Jr. a purple heart recipient who exemplified the ideals and principles of the United States Marine Corps in both word and deed.  Corporal Monaco was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Naval Unit Citation, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

History of The Marine Corps League

The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U. S. Marine Corps. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 60,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans, qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and qualified Navy FMF Chaplains and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.

The Marine Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant, with 14 elected National Staff Officers who serve as trustees. The National Board of Trustees coordinates the efforts of 48 department, or state, entities and the activities of over 1000 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas. The day-to-day operations of the League are under the control of the National Executive Director with the responsibility for the management and direction of all programs, activities, and affairs of the Marine Corps League as well as supervising the National Headquarters staff.

The prime authority of the League is derived from its Congressional charter and from its annual National Convention held each August in different major U.S. cities throughout the nation. It is a not-for-profit organization within the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(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.

  • The Marine Corps League sponsors many programs that benefit:
  • Our Veteran Marines and families,
  • Our serving Marines and families, and
  • The youth of our communities.

Programs we are involved in are:

  • Toys for Tots,
  • Support of VA benefits and our veterans entitled to receive them,
  • Recognition of significant dates in Marine Corps history,
  • Care packages to deployed Marines,
  • Visiting shut-in Marines,
  • Support of Boy Scouts and JROTC units,
  • Americanism programs,
  • Flag etiquette presentations,
  • Fallen Marine Program,
  • Programs to keep members abreast of current Marine Corps equipment, tactics, and policies,
  • Young Marines Program,
  • State and National Conventions and Programs,
  • Many other location-specific programs.


Bringing Awareness to Veteran Suicide Through Our Hike and Community


Hike 1

In 2013, the Detachment held the first Hike to raise funds for Captain Greg Galeazzi, who suffered severe injuries from an IED attack in Iraq. Greg had both legs amputated, and one of his arms required multiple surgeries. This same year Corporal Kevin Dubois lost both of his legs from an attack in Afghanistan, requiring amputation at the hip. Over $30,000 was raised to support these two in the first year. Over 500 miles were walked to support these two Veterans.

Hike 2

In 2014, the Detachment had more than doubled in size and the annual event raised money to support the Semper Fi fund. $12,000 was raised to support the Semper Fi fund.

Hike 3

In 2015, the Detachment continued to grow and again raised funds to support the Semper Fi fund. $10,000 was raised to support the Semper Fi fund.

Hike 4

In 2016, the Detachment’s members, along with supporting Veterans and service members did a 10 mile Hike leading up to the event. The efforts of the 2016 Hike were to raise funds and awareness for the alarming statistic of 22 Veterans per day who lose their lives to suicide. The Detachment raised money for Mission 22 ($8,000). 36 Veterans participated on the 10 mile Hike.