Honorable Few – Capt. J.J. Harris

Marine Corps League Detachment #1302

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The mission of the Marine Corps League (MCL) is to promote the interest and to preserve traditions of the United States Marine Corps; strengthen the fraternity of Marines and their families; serve Marines and FMF Navy Personnel who wear or who have worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor; and foster the ideals of Americanism and patriotic volunteerism.

The Honorable Few-Capt. J.J. Harris Detachment received its charter on March 23, 2008, and consists of Regular (USMC veterans) and Associate Members working together to help support all veterans past, present and future, The Detachment features a Riding Platoon (The Honorable Few) whose motorcycle riders raise awareness of our mission at MCL sponsored and other veterans’ events.

If you miss the camaraderie and Esprit de Corps of fellow Marines and other veterans, please drop by one of our monthly meetings or scheduled events. We are always looking for new members.

Capt. Jennifer J. Harris, USMC Memorial Scholarship Program

Jennifer J. Harris was a 1996 graduate of Swampscott High and upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. She attended The Basic School in Quantico, VA, and then flight school in Pensacola, FL, earning her Aviator Wings of Gold on September 13, 2002.

Jennifer was then assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron (HMMT-164) in Camp Pendleton, CA where she learned to fly the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter and upon completion of training was assigned to the Purple Foxes Squadron (HMM-364) immediately deploying for Operation Iraqi Freedom. HMM-364 is a legendary squadron known since the Vietnam War for repeatedly answering the call of duty flying in and out of active combat areas where imminent danger was always present. During her time in HMM-364, Jennifer attended The Weapons and Tactics Instructor’s Course (WTI), the Marine equivalent to Top Gun training. Captain Harris was the first female pilot in the Purple Foxes Squadron.

A commitment to serve others was a core value guiding Jennifer and was most evident in her decision to serve our country. As a Marine, she combined this commitment with her sense of compassion to be one of the best CH-46 pilots in the Marine Corps. She performed her duties as a Casualty Evacuation pilot flying in and out of combat areas for the emergency evacuation of injured Marines and Iraqi citizens, saving countless lives. Captain Harris served three tours of duty in Iraq and was killed in action on February 7, 2007, when the helicopter she was piloting was downed by enemy fire.

In 2008, the Detachment began hosting an annual motorcycle ride to raise money to support scholarships to local high school students in Jennifer’s name. We continue to honor Jennifer’s memory each year with events such as Cornhole and Golf Tournaments, most recently awarding scholarships totaling $6,000.

MCL Detachment #1302 has designated a group of its members who are active motorcycle riders as the Riding Platoon. This group is an integral component of the public face of the Detachment and has as its primary focus the raising of awareness of the Marine Corps League and the recruiting of new Detachment members. The Riding Platoon champions MCL ideals and activities such as the advocacy of veterans’ issues, MCL events and functions, and other charitable organizations that support all veterans past, present and future. Through its activities, the Riding Platoon fosters the camaraderie that was instilled while serving as members of the United States Armed Forces and is committed to maintaining a high and visible profile for both the Detachment and safe motorcycle riding. Six months of MCL Detachment #1302 membership in good standing is required prior to application to join the Riding Platoon.

Leadership of the motorcycle riders falls under the responsibility of the Riding Platoon XO who is appointed by the Detachment Commandant and the Executive Board.  The XO manages all Riding Platoon activities including the assessment of the qualification of potential members as well as an annual calendar of meetings, rides, and fund-raising events. 

We serve the North Shore of Massachusetts

Veteran Issues

We are committed to the support of all veterans’ activities, particularly those administered by the Bedford V.A. Hospital, military service organizations such as the VFW, American Legion, etc. and other local charitable organizations dedicated to the support of veterans past, present and future.

Scholarships

Our annual Captain Jennifer J. Harris Memorial Scholarship Program provides up to $1,500 to students in their senior year of high school who will be attending a state or nationally accredited college or university.

Community Events

We strive to develop a fraternal spirit between veterans and the public by actively participating in community events such as the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots  program and the annual Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Join Our Detachment

We are growing and always welcome new members.

Donate

Your generous donations allow us to continue our programs and events.

Volunteer

All are welcome to volunteer to help with one or more of our community events throughout the year.

Meetings

We meet on the first Sunday of the month at 09:00

Joseph L. Mottolo VFW Post, 4524
61 Lucia Avenue, Revere, MA 02151