Marine Corps Black Sheep Detachment needs an infusion of youth


First Posted: 4/4/2013

Black Sheep Detachment 412 of the Marine Corps League is looking for a few good retired men and women.

In action the detachment is similar to an American Legion or VFW Post, though it doesn’t have a post home. The Black Sheep Detachment 412 meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Marine Corps Training Center, 1118 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming.

Commandant Lisa Solarczyk of Pittston, who served in the Marines in the late 1980s, said many of the Black Sheep Detachment’s 47 members are in their 70s and she and the members are trying to recruit younger Marine veterans to join.

Active, reserve, retired, honorably discharged Marines and FMF (Fleet Marine Force) corpsmen are eligible.

Every fourth Saturday of the month, the detachment serves coffee and donuts at the assisted living facility at the Wilkes-Barre VA Hospital.

Among other activities are parades, a scholarship program for Marine Corps League members’ children and grandchildren; a foundation program to help Marines who fell on hard times; help for wounded Marines; a youth fitness program and fund raisers.

Today, Sunday, April 7, the Black Sheep Detachment is selling tickets for a cash raffle from 8 am. to 5 p.m. at the Pittston Wal Mart.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 for a chance to win $5,000.

“We do a lot of good,” Solarczyk said, “but we could do a lot more if we had some young blood.”

To join call Solarczyk at 655-6424 or email her at softballcatch23@gmail.com.

For more information on the Marine Corps League go to mcleague.org

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