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What is the Marine Corps League?

Founded by MajGen John LeJeune in 1923 and Chartered by Congress in 1937, the League was created to support and assist Marines as they returned to civilian life. With a membership now of over 80,000, the League continues to provide a venue for Marine Veterans and our friends to serve our communities and each other.

In 1998, Gator Detachment 990 was chartered in Gainesville, Florida.  Since then, it has been a place for Marines and other members to help serve our community honorably as we served our country. 

Our monthly meetings are now at First United Methodist Church in Alachua the fourth Tuesday of each month.  We gather at 6pm for covered dish and fellowship, and the business meeting begins at 7pm.  Come visit us!

Serving Marines and friends in Alachua County

The Gator Detachment has been around since 1998.  Our members are from Gainesville, Alachua, Archer, High Springs, Keystone Heights, Hawthorne and other surrounding towns.  We are veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, as well as peacetime Marines.  We are men and women. We were grunts, logistics, artillery, admin, supply, operations, cooks and many other MOS's, but we were all riflemen and Marines. We now exist to serve not only as a group where Marines of all eras bond together, but unite in efforts to do things for our community.  Joined with us are men and women who choose to serve beside us, helping us in our missions and waving Old Glory.  Check us out.

Order Your Uniform Items from the MCL Ships Store

Need a cover and emblem?  Need a white aviator shirt and the dress blue trousers?  Need ribbons or medals? You can purchase these items from the National Ship Store.  The site has been revised and is much easier to use now.  Click on the link and browse their store.  Great place to shop.  

2018 Birthday Ball

After a successful birthday ball in 2017, we have already begun planning for the 2018 Ball.  It will be held on Saturday, November 10th at the Turkey Creek Clubhouse.  It will be catered by Chef Brothers. Cost will remain at $35 and we will have room for over 300 guests.  Good thing because even though we have not started ticket sales, we already have around 175 who have committed to be there. We look forward to partnering up again with our awesome sponsors to bring you a spectacular event.

See our birthday ball page  for info about our recent Ball.   
To see photos of the 2017 Ball, click here.

News and Updates

13 Jan 2018 8:15 PM • Scott DuPree
23 Oct 2017 7:33 PM • Scott DuPree

It's 2018 - back to business

We had an outstanding Birthday Ball and enjoyed our own celebrations on the 10th of November.  We were at events for Veterans Day.  We ate too much for Thanksgiving, bought too much on Black Friday, surfed the web (and bought too much again) on Cyber Monday.  We had a meeting at the end of November to recap the business and to share how exhausted we all were.  We took a break in December to enjoy family, friends and the holidays. 

Snap out of it, Sunshine. The holidays are over.  Time to pick up your gear and get back on the mission.  We are Marines and we have business to tend to.

The February meeting will be our elections.  Right now it is the slate of current officers and so far nobody has opted to challenge any of them.  But still, come to the meeting because we have some things to do. You may not want to participate in everything - we get that. But we might have a thing or two that you will find suits you. Come be a part of the team.

Upcoming events

20 Feb 2018 6:00 PM • 15135 NW 174th Avenue, Alachua FL
24 Feb 2018 9:00 AM • VFW 2811 on Waldo Road
27 Feb 2018 6:00 PM • First United Methodist Church, Alachua FL

Become a Member

Regular membership is available to honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsman and FMF Chaplains. Associate membership is available to most everyone else.  Membership includes a subscription to the Semper Fi magazine, a publication of the Marine Corps League.  Review our membership application and join today to be part of something special.

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Many thanks to our 2017 Birthday Ball Sponsors below who contributed $500 or more to our event.

Mailing Address:  Gator 990 MCL, PO Box 358772, Gainesville FL 32635-8772 

Phone: (352) 222-8837


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