National Marine of the Year

The National Marine of the Year Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a regular member of the Marine Corps League. The candidates for this award are nominated by the people who know them best; the Marines of their own detachment. The recommendations are screened by a panel of judges made up entirely of past National Marines of the Year. The new Marine of the Year is introduced and honored at the National Convention Grand Banquet.

To those that are nominated by their respective Detachments and do not get selected, be proud! You have served your country well and your fellow Marines felt that you deserved to be reviewed for this honor. That alone is a privilege that very few have shared.



Award Recipients

Military Order of the Iron Mike Award / Dickey Chapelle Award

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 Award 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.

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.

                         Military Order of the Iron Mike Award                             Dickey Chapelle Award  

Incorporated by an act of Congress in 1937, the Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps.