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National Awards

Through its annual awards program, the Marine Corps League accords its highest awards of recognition to deserving public officials, members of the Marine Corps League and enlisted Marines and Navy personnel, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Military Order of the Iron Mike Award and Dickey Chapelle Awards, described in the highlighted text below, are conferred upon deserving individuals in conjunction with the Annual Grand Banquet held in connection with the Marine Corps League-sponsored Modern Day Marine Military Exposition.

Also, in conjunction with the annual Modern Day Marine Military Exposition, the Marine Corps League, in cooperation with the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, receives nominations from field commands which leads to the bestowal of special recognition upon exceptional active duty enlisted personnel. The selectees are accorded the singular special military honor of serving as reviewing officials at a parade and awards ceremony held in their honor at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. Attendees officials include active duty, retired, reserve and former Marines of every rank and position; plus the captains of industry who arm, supply and equip Marines for their wide variety of missions on land, sea and in the air.

The Military Order of the Iron Mike and Dickey Chapelle Awards are traditionally presented at the Grand Banquet, and Enlisted Awards at a Parade and Reception held in conjunction with the September Modern Day Marine Military Exposition. These functions are attended by ranking members of the U.S. Marine Corps and industry, the Marine Corps League, and interested government and industry officials.

The Marine Corps League recognizes its significant Marine Corps League member through its Annual Marine of the Year Award. This is a peer award that is made to accord special recognition and honor to an outstanding regular member of the Marine Corps League. It is presented at the Grand Banquet at the Annual National Convention of the Marine Corps League.

All nominations for national level awards, except those for "National Marine of the Year"*, shall be sent to:
National Headquarters Marine Corps League
P.O. Box 3070
Merrifield, VA 22116

Other Awards:

  • National Americanism Award
  • National Americanism Award - Report: 2013
  • National Marine of the Year Award

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