For more historical photos, see the Golf Tournament Page and the Scholarship Page.
- Toys-for-Tots Participation 2004
- Under the leadership of Pat Starliper, Marines Chuck Casey,
Cesar Pacheco, Dennis Graham, and SSgt Bang collected approximately 100
bags full of toys (each bag being 30 gallon size). Outstanding
- Marine Corps Birthday Cake
- On November 14, 2004, our detachment held a Marine
Corps birthday cake cutting ceremony. Birthday messages from General
Lejeune and current Commandant General Hagee were read. The oldest and
youngest Marines present were recognized. Refreshments were served and
good times were enjoyed by all.
- Department of Pennsylvania
Marine Corps League Rifle Match 2004
- From September 24 to 26, 2004, our detachment
participated in the Department of PA MCL rifle match at Fort Indiantown
Gap, Pennsylvania. Great weather, good friends, and fantastic shooting!
Who could ask for more?
- Marines Helping Marines
- One of the missions of the Marine Corps League is
"aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines." In support of this
mission, the Marines Helping Marines
program provides support to injured Marines.
Lance Corporal Mervin Rojas is one such Marine.
He was injured in Iraq by an improvised explosive device (IED). LCpl
Rojas received multiple shrapnel wounds to the right side of his body
and his face. Additionally, he lost his left arm and a portion of his
On Thursday, July 22, 2004, several Marine Corps League members and one
Auxiliary member visited LCpl Rojas and many other injured Marines at
the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Such visits along with donations from the
public let the Marines know how much their sacrifice is appreciated.
Shown below from left to right are Mimi Kippenbrock (SSgt Karl G.
Taylor, Sr. Auxiliary President), LCpl Rojas, Bob Walton, and Carroll County
Detachment Marine Corps League members.
- Marina Hot Dog Sale Fundraiser
- On Saturday, July 17, 2004, money was raised by
selling hot dogs and hamburgers at the Harbour Cove Marina, 5910
Vacation Lane, Deale, Maryland 20751, phone: 301-261-9500 and
410-867-1600. This is where our own Danny Rotondo and William O'Neill
On June 26, 2004, we had a road cleanup, shortly after the installation of our road sign. Pictured below from left to right standing are Dennis Graham, Kevin
Oliver, and Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock. Pictured from left to right
kneeling are Don Downer, Doug Putt, and Saki. In case you
were wondering, SWAT stands for "Stop Waste And Trash."
- 8th & I Night
- On Friday, July 9, 2004, Gunnery Sergeant Chuck
Casey invited us all to watch the President's Own and the Silent Drill
Team in action at the 8th & I Marine Barracks Evening
Parade. Afterwards, we enjoyed food and drinks at the Staff
Non-Commissioned Officer's (NCO) Club. The weather was perfect and the
- Department of Pennsylvania
Marine Corps League Pistol Match 2004
- On Friday, June 4, 2004, shooters arrived at Fort
Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania for the Marine Corps League Department of
Pennsylvania pistol match. We stayed up late having a good old time;
laughing, drinking, smoking cigars, and telling sea stories. Saturday's
shoot got rained out but Kevin, Pat, and Saki managed to get in a 3.5
mile run. On Sunday, we shot. Nobody had scores high enough for
bragging rights but we all had a good time. Kip brought his grill and
we cooked sausages, eggs, and hamburgers. We made sure to fan the smell
of the food towards the Army fellows who had just finished their
physical fitness test. Boy, were they jealous. Pictured below from left
to right standing are Joe Roman, Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock, Chuck Casey,
Pat Starliper, Danny Rotondo, and William O'Neill. Down in front from
left to right are Kevin Oliver, Don Downer, and Bob Walton.
- Department of Maryland Marine
Corps League Annual Convention 2004
- On May 7-9, 2004, representatives from various
detachments throughout Maryland gathered for a weekend of fun, sun, and
cameraderie at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel and Conference
Center in Ocean City. Pictured below and seated left to right are Bob
"Recon Dragon" Walton, Kevin Oliver, Joe Roman, Mimi and Frank "Kip"
Kippenbrock, and Gloria Roman. Notice our detachment banner in the
- At the convention banquet, the
Marine-of-the-Year plaque was presented by the 2003 Marine-of-the-Year,
Jack Severn (left). The well deserving Marine-of-the-Year recipient for
2004 was Ron Short (right). Ron is the Department of Maryland
Commandant and also a dual member of the SSgt Karl G. Taylor, Sr.
- Members of the "Devil Dog" Detachment
take an oath before being marched through the pool by Jerry Faye
(wearing the Drill Instructor Smokey). Pictured left to right are Joe
Roman, Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock, Mike Betts, and Bob "Recon Dragon"
- Bob Walton (on the left) raised
thousands of dollars in support of the Marines Helping Marines program.
Bob is shown exchanging a few friendly words with our former Detachment
Commandant and current Marine-for-Life Department representative Mike
- Raffle Ticket and Hot Dog Sale
- On April 10, 17, and 18, 2004, the Ssgt Karl G.
Taylor, Sr. detachment sold hot dogs, raffle tickets, and patriotic
pins at the Ellicott City Wal-Mart on 3200 North Ridge Road.
Chick-Fil-A, Safeway, SuperFresh, Food Lion, and Giant generously
donated supplies and/or gift cards to purchase supplies. Over the three
days, hundreds of dollars were raised to support our annual scholarship
which has been awarded to well deserving Howard County graduating high
school students. A new television, sold at a discounted price by Best
Buy, has been awarded as the raffle prize.
- Marine of the
- Saki was named the Detachment "Marine of the Year" in 2004 for his accomplishments in 2003.
- Howard County hosted Department
of Maryland Marine Corps League meeting
- On March 20, 2004, the Ssgt Karl G. Taylor, Sr.
detachment hosted the quarterly department meeting. Each quarter, one
Maryland detachment hosts the department level meeting. This time it
was our turn. We rented a space at the Ellicott City Senior Center and
welcomed the arrival of over 50 Marines for a meeting that lasted from
0830 to 1230. During this time, the Auxiliary met in the next room. A
Devil Dog growl followed. Fourteen detachments were represented and 8
Ssgt Karl G. Taylor, Sr. detachment members were in attendance.
- Seated at table from left to right:
Joe and Gloria Roman, Chuck Casey, Bob Walton, Kevin Oliver (getting
head rubbed), and Saki.
- Auxiliary Receives Charter
- On March 8, 2004, the Ssgt Karl G. Taylor, Sr.
Marine Corps League Auxiliary received their charter, thus becoming
Auxiliary Unit 444. For membership information, please contact Mimi