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What is the Marine Corps League?

Founded by MajGen John LeJeune in 1923 and Chartered by Congress in 1937, the League was created to support and assist Marines as they returned to civilian life. With a membership now of over 80,000, the League continues to provide a venue for Marine Veterans and our friends to serve our communities and each other.

In 1998, Gator Detachment 990 was chartered in Gainesville, Florida.  Since then, it has been a place for Marines and other members to help serve our community honorably as we served our country. 

Our monthly meetings are now at First United Methodist Church in Alachua the fourth Tuesday of each month.  We gather at 6pm for covered dish and fellowship, and the business meeting begins at 7pm.  Come visit us!

Serving Marines and friends in Alachua County

The Gator Detachment has been around since 1998.  Our members are from Gainesville, Alachua, Archer, High Springs, Keystone Heights, Hawthorne and other surrounding towns.  We are veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, as well as peacetime Marines.  We are men and women. We were grunts, logistics, artillery, admin, supply, operations, cooks and many other MOS's, but we were all riflemen and Marines. We now exist to serve not only as a group where Marines of all eras bond together, but unite in efforts to do things for our community.  Joined with us are men and women who choose to serve beside us, helping us in our missions and waving Old Glory.  Check us out.

2017 Birthday Ball Ad Form

You can view and print the 2017 Ball Ad Form.


2017 Birthday Ball

See our birthday ball page here.

For hardcopy tickets, call Commandant Jim Yakubsin at 352.222.8837

News and Updates


It is a problem that a Ball Chairman wants to have - that is until it happens: the November 2017 Birthday Ball event is sold out and it is still nearly six months away.

We can attribute this to having some outstanding events for the last couple of years.  And this year we anticipate another great event, and more lively as we are bringing in live entertainment.  

We can put you on a Waitlist and then, if seating becomes available, we can notify you.  On the waitlist, click "Add Guest" to add yourself and also add any other guests in your party.  

Click here to add your name to our waitlist. 

If you are not sure whether you have been counted in the reservations, please contact Jim Yakubsin by phone 352-222-8837 or by email at

Upcoming events

19 Sep 2017 6:00 PM • First United Methodist Church, Alachua FL
26 Sep 2017 6:00 PM • First United Methodist Church, Alachua FL
02 Oct 2017 5:30 PM • 4860 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606

Become a Member

Regular membership is available to honorably discharged Marines, FMF Corpsman and FMF Chaplains. Associate membership is available to most everyone else.  Membership includes a subscription to the Semper Fi magazine, a publication of the Marine Corps League.  Review our membership application and join today to be part of something special.

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Mailing Address:  Gator 990 MCL, PO Box 358772, Gainesville FL 32635-8772 

Phone: (352) 222-8837


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