Welcome to
Grand Rapids, MI

About Us

All Marines, FMF Corpsmen & Chaplains are welcome (Bring your spouse & friends) NO OBLAGATION TO VISITORS

  Chartered by an act of Congress August 4, 1937


Fred Cochran Detachment has celebrated it's 75th Year in February 2015. 

The League is a veteran’s organization composed of Marines (Both active and veterans), FMF Corpsmen & Chaplains, with honorable service. It aims to perpetuate the traditions and spirit of the U.S. Marine Corps through the continuous association of Marines who served under the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor at any time, in war or peace.    


 The Fred Cochran Detachment was chartered on October 1, 1940, and is dedicated to the purposes of the Marine Corps League through the annual programs and events the Detachment maintains in Grand Rapids, MI. The Detachment was named after Fred Cochran, a longtime Marine Corps League member and Marine Corps League Department of Michigan officer. Membership in the Marine Corps League is open to any Marine who has served 90 or more consecutive days in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged. Member ship is also open to U.S. Navy Corpsmen and Chaplains who are serving or whom have served in the Fleet Marine Force units in excess of 90 days and have earned the Marine Corps Device or Warfare Device on the service ribbon authorized for FMF Corpsmen and Chaplains. Application requires a copy of ones DD-214, a membership application, and $45.00 for the first year’s dues. These dues cover Detachment, Department, and National dues along with the Marine Corps League Magazine. Dues renewal is $30.00 thereafter. 


Each year the Detachment hosts the Marine Corps Birthday. This annual tradition is attended by Marines throughout Western Michigan. The event is typically held on November 10. Location to be determined. 


There is also Auxiliary membership for all family members.  Come to a meeting, theirs no obligation to join, we would like to meet you! 


 Each summer the Detachment supports the annual Veteran’s Home July carnival. This highly anticipated community event is the most important day of the year to most residents and it is a great opportunity to be able to give back to those who have given so much to us over the years. The Detachment also supports and pa


 Started in 1958, the Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Detachment helps the organization in many ways, most recently with the donation of monies for equipment needed for parades and drills. 


  The Detachments Flag Program is designed to promote care, and respect for the flag of our nation. This award is given out to businesses or individuals that respectfully and properly display the Stars and Stripes. Any detachment member can make nominations throughout the year and the awards are distributed by officers or members of the Detachment. Detachment regularly presents the Marine Corps League Good Citizen Award to boy scouts who have attained the rank of Eagle. A member of the Detachment makes this award personally to the Eagle Scout.   The Detachment supports the local Marine Corps Reserve unit, Company A, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment. Most recently, the Detachment has assisted in fund raising for the memorial being constructed at the Reserve Center on Monroe Street. The memorial is a tribute to the Company "A" Marines killed in the line of duty while deployed to Iraq in support of the War on Terror. The Detachment and the Department of Michigan, Marine Corps League, support activities at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Kalamazoo, MI, and the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly,    


 Membership in the Marine Corps League is unique because of the similarities we all share from having served in the Corps. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” and “Marines take care of their own” are key to being a Marine Corps League member.   You too can become one of the Few, the Proud, the Marine Corps League, participates in the Christmas party each year to help insure that every resident has the Christmas they deserve.


Regular members meetings are held the third Monday of each month in Grand Rapids. At the American Legion Post 311 @ 2824 East Beltline Lane. Detachment meetings are open to all Marines and Corpsman, Chaplains and starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.