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Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. This is accomplished by banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans, and by perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps through fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

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Commandant Years: 2016

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The Longhorn Detachment’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for 8:00am Saturday, June 10th, 2017, at the Southern Oaks Golf course located in Burleson, Texas. The $400 team entry fee will include 18 holes of golf, cart, and lunch immediately after the event. Sponsorships are available. You can sign up for the spring tournament at

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

Man heads unit supporting Marines

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Printed in the Crowley Star 07/29/2014

Reporter Anna Herod


Crowley resident Commandant Bill Carver and the Longhorn Detachment No. 1069 of the Marine Corps League want to ensure the history of the Marine Corps is never forgotten.


The organization does so through hosting local community service projects and helping those in need.

"Helping people is the most rewarding part about being in this detachment," Carver, a former marine, said. "We want to help keep the tradition of the MCL alive and keep all of the patriotic events going because we don't want them to be lost."

The local detachment is based off the same founding principals the MCL started with in 1937. The MCL was founded by Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune in 1923 and chartered by an Act of Congress 14 years later.

Across the country, more than 60,000 male and female honorably discharged, retired, active duty and reserve Marines serve hospitalized veterans, awards scholarships, participate in patriotic functions and community service and promote camaraderie among their membership.

Carver said the most rewarding service opportunity he's experienced with the MCL happened when members responded to a call from a woman who was concerned for her neighbor, a World War II veteran in his early 90s.

"She told me he had a flag that he tried to put up every morning on a little stick that he tied to a rickety pole," Carver said. "So we went and bought and mounted a new flag pole for him and gave him a new flag. It was something that was of very little cost and labor-wise it was no big deal, but you would have thought we just handed him a million dollars."

The detachment also does volunteer work for Toys for Tots, a domestic violence shelter in Tarrant County, Crowley House of Hope and makes monthly visits to veterans in local nursing homes.

Carver said that the league is able to continue its mission through donations and fundraising alone.

"The main thing is that we want to help educate people about who we are," he said. "If we can get the word out about the MCL and what it is that we do then there would be no way people won't want to help. We aim to help Marines and their families, but we also care about helping the community."

Raising awareness about the league is a primary goal and fundraising is one of many tools the MCL plans to use to accomplish that, Carver said.

"Most people want to help the service people and they just don't know how," he said. "We want to do so much more for our fellow service people and the community. The will is there, but the funds aren't always there. If people want to help the Marines and other service people, then they can help us so that we can help them."

Proceeds from a golf tournament Oct. 9 at Southern Oaks Golf Course will go to supporting the detachment and the MCL's goals. It is the detachment's largest annual fundraiser.

For information and ways to get involved, visit

Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00

Johnson County Constable’s Office Recognized

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Alvarado, Texas - In recognition of their dedication to public safety and in providing escort for the annual "USMC Toys for Tots" Bike Run, the VFW Motorcycle Group Unit 3 and Marine Corp League Longhorn Detachment presented the Johnson County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office with a plaque in appreciation for a job WELL DONE. The presentation took place February 7, 2015 at the VFW Post 9299 in Alvarado, Texas. Presenting the award to Deputy Steve Williams was (L) Bill Carver, Commandant of the Longhorn Detachment and (R) Richard "Hillbilly" Carroll, President of the VFW Motorcycle Group.

Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00

2014 Memorial Day Ceremonies

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Fort Worth, Texas - The Longhorn Detachment conducted a flag folding ceremony during the Memorial Day ceremonies at Laurel Land Memorial Park. The flag folding ceremony honors the flag and all those who served under it. Each fold is represented by the same religious principals the country was originally founded. The flag folding ceremony was only one of many events honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The Detachment also manned a water station where they handed out free water to an estimated crowd of more than 500 attendees.

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Crowley, Texas - The public is invited to a patriotic event at the Marine Corps League Longhorn Detachment Marti-James Hall, 1401 W. Cleburne Road in Crowley, Texas on May the 10th at 7:00 PM. The event includes ROTC Navy Flag bearers, a bagpiper, Pledge of Allegiance and the book launch of A Tugboat Sailor: The Life and Times of Billy Jack McCoy in the Forgotten War. The author will be present for a book signing and reception. A Tug Boat Sailor, a book about war and peace, depicts the making of a real-life sailor in the Korean War. It aims to awaken our greatness and patriotism as American citizens.

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Commandant Bill Carver

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

Crowley Veteran’s Plaza Receives Anchor

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Crowley, Texas – The Crowley Veterans Plaza took possession of a 22,000 pound anchor from the decommissioned Navy ship USS Shasta. The Anchor was picked up in Brownsville and delivered to the Plaza last Friday, April 4, 2014. Read the full story and view the video at the following link.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Crowley, Texas – The Longhorn Detachment was officially welcomed into the Crowley Chamber of Commerce as a new member on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Detachment’s Marti & James meeting hall with members of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce and Longhorn Detachment attending. After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed refreshments inside the meeting hall while they toured the facility.


Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

Texas Capital Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument

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Austin, Texas – The Texas Capital Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument was dedicated Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Texas Capital honoring the 3, 417 Texas veterans who died or are unaccounted for during the Vietnam war. The monument is located on the Capital grounds in Austin, Texas. The bronze sculpture stands 14 feet high and depicts an infantry patrol with all the supporting entities surrounding the base in bas-relief panels. An integral part of the monument is the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit displaying dog tags of every Texas Vietnam veteran who died in the war along with other war memorabilia. The exhibit is currently located in the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin until July 2014 when it will begin a tour of Texas.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

New 2014 Officers Elected

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Crowley, Texas - The Longhorn Detachment has elected the following officers for 2014.

Commandant - Bill Carver

Sr Vice Commandant - Tim Burns

Jr Vice Commandant - Lynn Toomer

Judge Advocate - Les Stevenson

Congratulations to the new officers and thanks to all who participated in the election process. The officers will be sworn in at the January 7, 2014 membership meeting.

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