MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
Members of the Marine Corps League join in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving traditions. Promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service. Effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy. Voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen, Chaplains, and former Marines, FMF Corpsmen, Chaplains, and their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Diamond State Detachment is the second oldest detachment in the department of Delaware, Marine Corps League. The detachment received its charter in ceremonies held on Thursday, November 30th, 1989 at the Rag Tops Resturant in Lewes Delaware. The League had 36 original members with the following initial officers:
Commandant: Charles Deppe
Senior Vice: Chuck Sewell
Junior Vice: Bruce King
Judge Advocate: Bob Walls
Sergeant at Arms: Victor Younkin
ICONIC M48 PATTON
If ever your eyes fall upon Oak Orchard's scene, you'll notice the streets protected by Detachment 704's Marines. The M48 Patton Main Battle Tank that you see driving on Route 24, you will undoubtedly notice the impact of the detachment. The Patton was ceremoniously given to American Legion Post 28 by Marine Corps Detachment 704 in April of 1999.
“There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.”