Marine Corps League Liaison James R. Laskey named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Monday, October 05, 2015
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines announce a new board member - James R. Laskey, the Marine Corps League Liaison.
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Young Marines host a free concert featuring patriotic rock band Madison Rising
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The Young Marines is hosting a free concert with America's most patriotic rock band - Madison Rising at Barnett Field, MCB Quantico, Virginia. The concert is in appreciation of active duty Marines and Wounded Warriors.
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Marine Colonel (Ret.) Richard Yoder named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Yoder's distinguished military career spanned 31 years, and he served in some of the most important and sensitive assignments including Head, Promotion Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps where he ensured timely promotions for Marines across the entire
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Major General (Ret.) Angela Salinas named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
At the time of her retirement from the Marine Corps, Salinas earned the distinction as the longest serving woman in the history of the Marine Corps, the senior ranking woman, and the senior ranking Hispanic in the Corps.
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Young Marines featured in National Museum of the Marine Corps
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Young Marines have pledged to support the historic completion of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The pledge creates a sponsorship of a classroom for the Young Marines and a display of Young Marines historical artifacts and history.
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175 Young Marines travel to Arizona for Navajo Code Talkers Day
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Every year since 2006, Young Marines from across the country gather in Window Rock, AZ, to honor and act as escorts for Navajo Code Talkers from WWII during Navajo Code Talkers Day, Friday, Aug. 14.
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Young Marines announces ‘National Unit of the Year’ - Natchaug River Unit from Danielson, CT
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Natchaug River Young Marines in Danielson, Connecticut, was named the 'National Unit of the Year' at the Adult Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.
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Young Marines participate in GLOCK's pledge drive for firearms safety
Monday, June 01, 2015
The Young Marines is partnering with GLOCK on its "Pledge, Practice, Promote Firearms Safety" pledge campaign which takes place during the month of June.
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The DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to six Young Marines units
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines youth organization announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award.
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Young Marines Board Member William J. Walker Named D.C. National Guard Land Component Commander
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Colonel William J. Walker assumed command of the District of Columbia National Guard Land Component Command. COL Walker was nominated by President Barack Obama last Nov.
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Lucas Ward of Farmington, Ill. named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
YM SgtMaj Lucas Ward, 17, of Farmington, Illinois is the 2015 - 2016 National Young Marine of the Year. Ward will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines.
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William P. Davis - new national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines
Monday, May 11, 2015
William P. Davis, Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Retired), will take the helm as national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. Davis is an accomplished executive whose commitment to young people is of paramount importance during his
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The Young Marines forms partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Young Marines, a national youth organization, announces a new partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band. The partnership will kick off as Madison Rising embarks on the Concerned Veterans for America’s 23-city Defend Free
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Young Marines scale Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima
Friday, March 20, 2015
Today, 11 youth members of the Young Marines are accompanying 49 veterans on a plane trip from Guam to Iwo Jima as part of the annual “Reunion of Honor.”
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Eleven Young Marines join American and Japanese veterans for the annual ‘Reunion of Honor’ on Guam and Iwo Jima
Monday, March 16, 2015
Eleven youth members of the Young Marines are travelling to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor” which takes place March 16 – 23, 2015.
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World War II vets headed back to Iwo Jima, Young Marines make it possible
Friday, January 30, 2015
Medal of Honor recipient Herschel “Woody” Williams will be among the 15 World War II veterans headed back to Iwo Jima next month, and he has the Young Marines to thank for it.
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Young Marines Names Division Young Marines of the Year
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Young Marines youth organization has named six division winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year.”
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Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarship
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Young Marines SgtMaj Alex Loria of Chantilly, VA, and Young Marines GySgt Brittany Hannah of Miami, FL, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award.
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Young Marines units from across the nation traveled to Hawaii for 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
One hundred forty one youth members of the Young Marines from nine states traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 73rd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
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Red Carpet Event for the Young Marines Documentary Premiere Followed by PBS Airing in KY
Friday, October 31, 2014
The national premiere of a 30-minute documentary film, “Generations of Honor: A Year with the Young Marines”, will take place at the historic Kentucky Theatre. The film will air on PBS in KY on Veteran’s Day.
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National ‘Adult Volunteer of the Year’ leads the only Young Marines unit for kids with special needs
Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Young Marines youth organization has named its national “Adult Volunteer of the Year” –Vivian Price-Butler, 1stSgt, USMCR (ret) of the Central Maryland Young Marines. The honor was announced at the annual Young Marines adult leader conference in Reno, NV.

Adult Volunteer of the Year - Vivian Price-Butler, 1stSgt, USMCR (ret) The Young Marines is an education and service program with 10,000 youth members in the U.S. and overseas. Of its more than 300 units, only one is dedicated to students with special needs – Vivian Price-Butler’s.

“There are so many great people doing amazing things with the Young Marines in their units,” she said. “I was shocked and very humbled that I was selected.”

Price-Butler is affectionately known as First Sergeant at Kennedy Krieger High School in Baltimore where her Young Marines’ unit is based. The high school is part of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, through patient care, special education, research, and professional training.

Price-Butler’s Young Marines are living with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, brain injuries and/or intellectual disabilities.

“I have known and watched Vivian work with her unit for years,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “I am amazed at how well these Young Marines respond to her. She is an inspiration and a true credit to her school and this organization.”

Price-Butler is a decorated 26-year veteran of the Marine Corps who retired in 2004 after her last tour in Iraq. She found her life’s path after seeing the Marine uniform in a commercial when she was 14 years old, and since then, she has never wavered from her dedication to the Marines.

In year 2000, she formed the Young Marines unit at Kennedy. She does not hold a teaching certificate, so Kennedy faculty pitch in and help her develop lessons appropriate to her special needs students.

The Young Marines program emphasizes character building and service to others, and, as a result, Price-Butler teaches her Young Marines about the military and about basic disciplinary values such as obeying one’s parents. In addition, the unit does its fair share of community outreach by holding toy collections, sending care packages to troops and visiting veterans’ hospitals. They also take place in color guard ceremonies and march in parades.

A momentous occasion took place in Dec., 2011, when Price-Butler took five of her Young Marines from Baltimore to Hawaii to take part in the commemoration events for the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“I have always felt truly blessed to be able to be a Young Marine adult leader and doing something that I love for this long,” she said. “After my retirement and the fulfillment of my lifelong dream to be a Marine, I never imagined I would be able to continue to share a small part of the Marine Corps and its honors, values and traditions through The Young Marines program.”

How it works

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States. Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers, some of whom have had careers in the military, although that is not a requirement. There are nearly 3,000 active, registered adult volunteers in the organization.

Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each division. From these six winners, one is named the official national “Adult Volunteer of the Year” - Price-Butler.

The other five division winners in the 2013 “Adult Volunteer of the Year” award are:

  • Division 1 – Aimee Fagan, of the Blackstone Valley Young Marines, MD
  • Division 3 – Sammy Pierce of the Rutherford County Young Marines, TN
  • Division 4 - Henry Gonzales of the Heart of Texas Young Marines, TX
  • Division 5 – Patricia Borka of the Shiawassee County Young Marines, MI
  • Division 6 – Shannon Orick of the Desert Young Marines, AZ

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

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