Special Events in Marine Corps League History

“The Marine Corps is the Navy’s police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is equal to Stalin’s”  

President Harry S. Truman September 1950

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President Harry S. Truman shakes hands with Clay Nixon Commandant Marine Corps League 7, September 1950 after apologizing to Marines for his remarks of 29 August 1950 in a letter to Rep. Gordon McDonough, R-Calif.
Clay Nixon Commandant of Marine Corps League speaks with Commandant of Marine Corps General Clifton Cates prior to President Harry S. Truman speaking to the 1950 National Convention.
“I sincerely regret the unfortunate choice of language which I used in my letter of August 29 to Congressman McDonough concerning the Marine Corps,” President Harry S. Truman wrote in a letter to Commandant Gen. Clifton Cates. “When I make a mistake, I try to correct it. I try to make as few as possible. I hope that this organization will support the President of the United States in his effort to get peace in the world–that’s all I want”, spoken by President Harry S. Truman, at the National Convention of the Marine Corps League, Statler Hotel in Washington, September 1950.

“The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.”

General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946