About Us


Marine Corps League Detachment #089 is named after the first U.S. Marine from Indiana to receive the MEDAL OF HONOR, BGen. Hiram I. Bearss. The Marine Corps League has been serving Indianapolis since the 1920's when Major General John A. LeJeune, Commandant USMC first formed the MARINE CORPS LEAGUE in 1923, and subsequently incorporated in 1937. This first Indianapolis Detachment was known as the LEO LITZE DETACHMENT, named after a WWI Marine Hero, and held meetings above the OHIO THEATER. The LEO LITZE DETACHMENT served Indianapolis Marines for many years as a source of camaraderie and support for the widows and orphans of Marines. This service for and with Marines continued when the detachment was chartered again on 10 JUNE 1953 as the CAPITAL CITY DETACHMENT and served Marines in the Indianapolis area for almost twenty years, when it closed in the early seventies. But the Esprit De Corps continued to be strong and the detachment was chartered anew in APRIL 1973 as the HIRAM I. BEARSS DETACHMENT and has been serving central Indiana Marines ever since.


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Programs We Support

Our Detachment Activities include:

Marine Family Support – providing assistance to both active & veteran Marines and their families in the Indianapolis metro area. This mission has become especially important during times of deployment. Sending care packages to deployed Marines, providing a helping hand to those left at home that need it, support and assistance to injured Marines.

Scholarship Program – Our Indiana wide Charles Crumbo Scholarship program provides grants every year to college students.

Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) at Roudebush Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis – providing help and support to hospitalized veterans and disabled veterans.

Indiana Chapter (IN-1) Women Marines Association - We are a band of Marines who happen to be women who want to keep the traditions of the Marine Corps alive. We volunteer our time and preserve and promote the history of the Marines. We encourage and perpetuate the spirit of comradeship among those women who served in the Marine Corps.

Central Indiana Young Marines Program – The Detachment actively supports this great program for our youth. Our Youth Is our Future!! The Young Marines provides a unique youth leadership program nurturing and developing young American citizens. The Central Indiana Young Marines is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 18. There is NO military obligation when joining the Young Marines. more at www.CIYM.net

Toys For Tots Program – providing toys for needy children during the holiday season.

Military Order of the Devil Dogs (MODD) - The Military Order of Devil Dogs is the fun and honor society of the Marine Corps League.

Youth Physical Fitness Program – working with schools promoting the physical fitness in our youth.

Marine Corps Coordinating Council – coordinating activities of all USMC detachments & organizations in the central Indiana area.

US Flag Retirement Program – On Flag Day, June 14th, Our Detachment collects worn and torn flags from our Indianapolis community for proper retirement. Honoring our symbol of freedom and democracy, because freedom isn’t free.

Patriotic Events – The Detachment participates in many patriotic events throughout the year. Parades, fairs, etc.

Community Service – The Detachment participates in community service and veteran oriented projects. Speakers for schools and other community organizations.

DonateaCar.com - Are you thinking of selling or trading in that old car, boat or RV?  Why not donate your car to "HIRAM I. BEARSS MARINE CORPS LEAGUE" instead?  As a charitable contribution your car donation could make a big difference to us, AND GIVES YOU A TAX DEDUCTION. They will make arrangements to conveniently and quickly pick-up your vehicle or boat donation at no cost to you.  They handle the title transfer requirements and provide you with a tax deductible vehicle or vessel donation receipt at the time of pick-up! Making a car donation is quick and easy! Donate a car and you'll feel great about supporting IndyMarines.org

Marine For Life Network (M4L) connects transitioning Marines and their family members to education resources, employment opportunities, and other Veterans services that aid in their career and life goals outside of military service.

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Once a Marine, Always a Marine! Now accepting applications for new membership!

Regular Member: you must have served in the United States Marine Corps or FMF Corpsmen for more than 90 days, the character of your service has been honorable, and if discharged you received "Honorable Service". ("Honorable Service" will be defined by the last DD Form 214 or Certificate of Discharge that the applicant received). General Discharge under Honorable Conditions is acceptable, and be willing to provide proof of service (DD-214) with your application.

Associate Membership: is open to all friends of the Marines. To become an Associate Member of the Marine Corps League, you must support the aims and ideals of the Marine Corps League. Dues for Associate Members are the same as that of a Regular Member.

Download the Membership Application at the link below, fill it out and either bring it to the Detachment during a Membership Meeting (1900 on 2nd Thursday each month) or mail it to the Detachment, along with your first year's membership dues and a copy of your DD-214.

Initial Membership Dues are $35.00
> >  Annual Renewal is only $30.00. < <

Life Membership in the Marine Corps League Regular Members and Associate Members are all qualified for Life Membership.

Life Rates 2017
age to and including 35 years         $500.00
age 36 to and including 50 years     $400.00
age 51 to and including 64 years     $300.00
over 65 years                                   $200.00

You may become a Life Member immediately upon joining the Detachment.   You would be required to pay your first years Annual Fee plus the Life Member Fee.

Example:  66 year old New Member who wants to become a Life Member immediately.
$30.00 + $200.00 = $230.00

Our current Life Members are already saving big due to past raises in renewals!

Apply here!

Indy Barracks Events

May 2017
Bearss 2017 officers
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Official Forms

These blank forms are in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document File (PDF) Format.  The forms below, with the exception of the membership application, have been made enterable and can be saved electronically by the detachment.  Prior to forwarding to the Department print the required number of copies. The forms below are enterable using Chrome or Internet Explorer.