Event Calendar


Detachment News

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief – Fall / Winter 2017

Due to the generosity of our fellow Marines, McLemore Detachment was able to provide $500 gift cards to 19 Marines, 1 FMF Corpsman, and 1 Marine Widow to assist with their recovery from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Iwo Jima Commemoriation – February 2018

Celebratory Dinner Excerpts

Marine Corps League, McLemore Detachment, Houston, Texas held a ceremony on Sunday, February 18, 2018 onboard the Battleship Texas (BB-35) commemorating the landing on Iwo Jima 19FEB45.  Guests of honor were Marine veterans Raymond Warren, Bill Sherrill, John Powers, and Navy Hospital Corpsman Chuck Elias, who landed on Iwo.  Keynote speaker was LtGen Joseph Weber USMC Ret., former Commander, Marine Forces Command 2007-2008, Commanding General – III Marine Expeditionary Force 2005-2007, Chief of Staff, Multi-Natl. Force in Iraq 2004-2005, Commanding General, 3rd Marine Div. 2002-2004, and Commanding General- Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command 2000-2002.  Wreath laying was done by Charles Ynman, Scott Mosely and with Dave Tucker as bugler.

The 1st Marine Division was first activated aboard the Battleship Texas on February 1, 1941, and the Battleship Texas was also present at the Iwo Jima battle in 1945.


McLemore Detachment of the Marine Corps League had the priviledge of hosting the Chapel of the Four Chaplains event at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center chapel on February 3rd.

The Chapel of Four Chaplains seeks to encourage observation of the unity which binds together Americans of all faiths. Patriotic in its nature, the Chapel celebrates the characteristics of generosity, devotion to God and country, and love of fellowman which we share in common.

Shortly after the Chapel’s dedication by President Harry S. Truman in 1951, the founding trustees established the Legion of Honor Program to publicly recognize persons whose lives model the kind of selfless service to community, nation, and humanity without regard to race, religion, or creed , so dramatically exemplified by the Four Chaplains.

The Legion of Honor Award, the Humanitarian Award, and the Bronze Medallions are presented for service to the local community, at the state or regional level, and at the national or international . Some notable recipients include Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Carter, and Reagan; luminaries such as Bob Hope, John Glenn, Martha Reye, James Michener, Marian Anderson, C. Everett Koop, Tommy Lasorda, and Shirley Chisholm; as well as military personnel, veterans , and civilians from all walks of life nationwide.

At this event, Jim Mclingvale was awarded the Bronze Legion of Honor. Allan Perkins and Charles Miles were awarded the Chapel of Four Chaplins Legion of Honor.

Larry Herrmann , Board of Trustees was our guest speaker and awarded the metals.

McLemore is honoured to have two members; Chuck Dingus has been awarded the Legion of Honor and Charles Ynman has been awarded the Humanitarian Legion of Honor. We are fortunate to have two members from McLemore Detachment, in the Society.

Attending members were:

Bob and Linda North                          Jose and Carmen Sanabria

Dave Tucker                                        Carl Krueger

Steve Oeding                                      Herb and Jo Myers

Scott and Doris Mosely                      Larry Webber

Charles and Marcia Ynman                Ronnie Cortez

Peter Cisneros                                     Chuck and Cindy Dingas

John Pyle                                             Bob Young

Barry Helton

Additionally several Marine Corps League members from surrounding were able to join us.

Poolee Day 2018

On March 24, 2018, the McLemore Detachment assisted the Galveston Detachment and Marine Moms in preparing and serving a meal for the families of the 474 “Poolees“ present for this Annual Event held by Marine Recruiting Station Houston.  Everyone had a good time working with their fellow members, new friendships were formed, and memories made while helping our Marine Recruiters with this Annual Event.

Please go to our Facebook page for additional photos of the event.

The following McLemore Detachment members and spouses assisted: Audrea & Paul Killalea, Ken Knobelock, Scott & Doris Moseley, Bob & Linda North, Stan Shearer, Jose & Carmin Sanabria, John Pyle, Ronnie Cortez, Dave & Sydney Tucker, Charles Ynman, Chuck & Cindy Dingas.

If you were unable to participate in this Event, there are Future Events in which you can attend and be more a member of the Marine Corps League and Mclemore Marines Detachment.

The U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment (8th & I Color Guard, Drum &Bugle Corps, and Silent Drill Platoon) have 2 performances scheduled in the Houston Metropolitan area in March.

These performances are open to the public.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Clear Creek ISD, Challenger Columbia Stadium, 1955 W Nasa Blvd, Webster, TX 77598

Wednesday March 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Katy ISD, Legacy Stadium, 6301 S. Stadium Lane – Katy TX 77494

Okinawa Commemoriation – April 2018

Marine Corps League, McLemore Detachment, Houston, Texas held a ceremony on Sunday, April 8, 2018 onboard the Battleship Texas (BB-35) commemorating the Battle for Okinawa which began 01APR45.  Master of Ceremonies was Charles Ynman.  Invocation was given by Chaplain LCDR Greg McCrimmon USN Ret.  Guest of honor was Marine veteran Raymond Warren, who landed on Okinawa.  Keynote speaker was RADM Robert L. Greene USNR., deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.  Wreath laying was done by Daniel Espinosa with Dave Tucker as bugler.  Rifle squad was made up of John Pyle, Steve Oeding, Jose Sanabria, Larry Webber.

The 1st Marine Division was first activated aboard the Battleship Texas on February 1, 1941, and the Battleship Texas was also present at the Battle for Okinawa in 1945.  The Battleship Texas fired over 2000 14” rounds in support of ground forces and is credited with shooting down one Kamikaze aircraft and assisting with the downing of two more.

Ridge Point JROTC Training

During the month of April 2018, John Pyle presents several classes on Marine Corps History and Traditions to the Ridge Point JROTC.

4th Marine Division Ceremony 2018

Ceremony Honoring the 4th Marine Division at the National Cemetery Sunday 27 May

The Detachment held a ceremony at the 4th Marine Division Monument to honor the Division and remember the Marines and Navy personnel that made the supreme sacrifice. Lt. Colonel Michael Hudson and a Color Guard from the 1st Battalion, 23 Marines participated in the ceremony. Present at the ceremony was Ray “Whitey” Warren who fought on Iwo Jima with the 5th Marine Division. The Invocation was presented by Department of Texas Past State Commandant Charles Ynman. John Pyle provided a brief history of the 4th Division and Colonel Hudson gave an overview of the upcoming assignments of 1/23. Detachment Commandant Chuck Dingas and member Audrea KIllelea presented the wreath. Herb Myers, Jose Sanabria and Bob Young fired the “three volley” rifle salute and Ronnie Cortez played taps. Ken Knobelock handled the music. Several members and associate members were present to take pictures and support the activities including Cindy Dingas, Calvin Poche, Madeline Pyle, David Rodriquez and Marcia Ynman. James Harvey of the Galveston Detachment joined us and we were graced with the presence of many spouses and family members including Barb Poche, who took a “batch” of pictures. We owe a special thanks to all our spouses and families for their unflagging support.

Honors to Medal of Honor Recipient

The Detachment performed a modified “Fallen Marine Ceremony” at the grave site of L/Cpl Anderson. Commandant Dingas placed a wreath at the grave. Herb Myers, Jose Sanabria, Bob Young and John Pyle provided the three volley salute. Ronnie Cortez played taps and Steve Waldron of the 3rd MarDiv Association handled the music. (Pictures are on the website.)


Daniel Espinoza presents the Courage award to MCJROTC cadets at ESTEM High School

Pictured from left to right:  Cadet SgtMaj Maria Ostorga, Cadet Major Frank Guzman, MCL McLemore Senior Vice Commandant John Pyle, Cadet Commanding Officer LtCol Alma Conteras and MCL McLemore Calvin Poche.

Camin Cargo Control Annual Golf Tournament

Camin Cargo Control held their Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for our Detachment Thursday, May 17th at Tour 18 Golf Course in Humble. Steve Donovan and the rest of the Camin Cargo people there did an OUTSTANDING EFFORT in organizing and managing the Tournament. Pete Post, Bob Young, Jose Sanabria and Chuck Dingas were there along with three Marines from 1/23 (SSgt Saucedo, SSgt Andrade and Sgt Hall).  Please go to our Facebook page for photos.

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4th Marine Division Memorial Ceremony Flyer 2018


Certificates of Appreciation – May 2018

Detachment Commandant Chuck Dingas presented Certificates of Appreciation at the May 2018 meeting to Rosa Perez of the Women Marines Association, Linda North, Doris Mosley, and Sydney Tucker.

Rosa Perez

Linda North

Doris Mosley

Sydney Tucker

New Members for April 2018

Mclemore Marines welcomes two new members at the April 2018 meeting. Richard Cobb and David Rodriguez. Ooorahh gentlemen! Semper Fi

Congressman Ted Poe invites you to attend the Fifth Annual Honor Houston Heroes

An Evening Tribute to Area Veterans and Active Service-Members

Event: Honor Houston Heroes

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Where: Trini Mendenhall Center 1414 Wirt Road, Houston

RSVP: 281-446-0242 or  tx02veterans@mail.house.gov

If you would like to be included in the salute to veteran slideshow, please email your service photo with name and date to:    tx02veterans@mail.house.gov

Light refreshments will be provided

HHH Flyer 2018

Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Marcia Ynman

A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Madalene Pyle

New member and members who had not yet taken the oath were sworn in.

The Detachment performed Funeral Honors for 1st Lieutenant Kenneth T Synder on Monday 13 August at the Dignity Westheimer Cemetery. Scott Moseley, Herb Myers and Richard Cobb performed the Fallen Marine Ceremony. Steve Oeding, John Pyle, Calvin Poche, Larry Webber and Bob Young provided the rifle detail. Marines from 1/23 folded the flag and played Taps.

On June 12, 1918, Pvt. Alfred F. Rea USMC was wounded at Belleau Wood, France during World War I.  Through some oversight, he never received a Purple Heart for his wounds.  In August 2018 this oversight was rectified.  A graveside ceremony was held for Pvt Rea. LtCol Robert Tart and SgtMaj Bechtold presented the Purple Heart to his grandchildren.   Scott Moseley, Calvin Poche, and John Pyle represented the McLemore Detachment at a Ceremony.

Funeral Honors for Cpl Joseph Gordon

McLemore Detachment members performed funeral honors for another Fallen Marine Brother.

The Fallen Marine Ceremony  was performed at Houston National Cemetery on Monday 17 September for Corporal Joseph Gordon.  McLemore provided the rifle detail, Church Call, Marine Corps Hymn and certificate/commemorative pin presentation.  1/23 provided Taps and flag presentation.


Charles Ynman – Presentation

Scott Moseley – Presentation

Branden Brown – Music

Steve Oeding – Rifle Detail

Richard Cobb – Rifle Detail

Calvin Ponce’ – Rifle Detail

Atascocita JROTC Family Fun Day 2018

McLemore Detachment members Bob Young, Jose Sanabria, Branden Brown, and Audrea Killalea attended the  Atascocita JROTC Family Fun Day on September 8, 2018.  Many games were played inside by cadets and family members. Afterwards they enjoyed burgers and hot dogs outside and took pictures with the Jeep.

9-11 Run

Chuck Dingas, Peter Cisneros and John Pyle were at the 9-11 Run held on September 8th, 2018.  (photo taken by Peter Cisneros)


These Houston Fire Fighters (Marines) were given these Fire Fighter Axes by Peter Cisneros at the event.

Funeral Honors for Bill Manbeck


On Friday, September 7th, the Detachment provided funeral Honors for Bill Manbeck at the Houston National Cemetery. James Harvey, a good friend of Bill, joined Daniel Espinoza, Audrea Killalea and John Pyle to perform the Fallen Marine Ceremony.  Herb Myers, Larry Webber, Calvin Poche and Jose Sanabria provided the rifle detail and Richard Cobb managed the music.  Marines from 1/23 folded the flag and played taps.