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Right after Korea in 1953 the 1st Amphibious Reconnaissance Company, FMFPAC can be credited with the birth of
"OORAH" in the Corps.
Specifically, where it came from was when Recon Marines were aboard the Submarine USS PERCH, ASSP-313. The Perch was an old WWII diesel boat retrofitted to carry UDT and Amphibian Recon Marines. If you remember the old war movies, whenever the boat was to dive, you heard on the PA system, "DIVE,DIVE", and you heard the horn sound "AARUGHA", like an old Model "A" horn.
Sometime in 1953 or 1954, 1st Amphibian Recon Marines, while on a conditioning run on land singing chants, someone imitated the "Dive" horn sound "AARUGHA", and it naturally became a Recon Warrior chant or mantra while on runs. It is sort of like the martial arts yell and adds a positive inference to the action. And this became part of Recon lexicon.
Former SgtMaj of the Marine Corps, John Massaro, was the company gunny of 1st Force in the late 50s and when he transferred to MCRDSD as an instructor at DI school he took "AARUGHA" with him and passed it on to the DI students and they , in turn, passed it on to recruits.
Just as "Gung Ho" became symbolic of the WWII Raiders, so did "AARUGHA" become part of the new "running Marine Corps."
Over time, "AARUGHA" EVENTUALLY CHANGED TO "OORAH". The official Marine Corps Training Reference Manual on the history of Marine Recon is titled "AARUGHA", giving credence on the orgination of the 'POSITIVE RESPONSE' accenting anything that is meant to be good and uniquely

Marine Corps.
It is part of Marine Corps language, like "Pogey Bait", "SOS", etc.
Semper Fi & Gung Ho,

Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

We are located in
Spring Hill, Florida
which is about an hour
north of Tampa on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

We have a great organization built on the traditions of our heritage. Never a stranger has walked thru our doors, You are always welcome here to enjoy fellowship with fellow Marines.
We are a non-profit organization made-up
solely of volunteers.

Detachment #708
Phone  352 597 7979

8205 Sunshine Grove Road
Brooksville, Florida 34613

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Welcome to Marine Corps League Detachment #708! We are located in Spring Hill, Florida about an hour north of Tampa, Florida on the Gulf Coast.

We have a very active and proud Detachment and invite you to visit anytime.

The Detachment’s weekly events include the renowned Friday Night Fish Fry held in Jude Hall and served by Gunny’s Galley and volunteers. Come and see

what else is cooking!

The Leatherneck Lounge is one of the largest around with a large sit at the bar availability and plenty of tables to enjoy the festivities. The staff is friendly and there are always fun events and activities.

We have a very active Devil Dogs Pound #230, Auxiliary #137 and outstanding group of Young Marines that all contribute to the success of the Detachment. Toys for Tots season begins gearing up in October and keeps us busy until mid-December.

The Detachment was built by Marines for Marines and the entire membership of close to 400 members, actively contributes to the fun and success of the 708.

I am proud to serve as Commandant and cannot express enough my gratitude and thanks to all the volunteers that work so hard and long hours! THANK YOU! To the Staff and Leadership of Marine Corps Leagues Detachment #708,

thank you for all you do!

Please do not be a stranger…
I hope to all of you and new faces enjoying our Detachment!


Commandant Frank Glassford


Marine Corps league Detachment #708

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