New Marine Corps detachment hosting kick-off meeting April 13

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

INDIAN SPRINGS — A new Marine Corps detachment based in North Shelby County is looking for a few good members.

Officials with the Gen. Victor “Brute” Krulak Detachment of the Marine Corps League will host an informational meeting April 13 at the Indian Springs Town Hall on Alabama 119 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Founding Officer Carl Jones said prospective members should be former Marines and hospital corpsmen. The detachment will serve to support the national Marine Corps League, attending and hosting community events and recruiting prospective Marines.

Jones said he expects the detachment to have “a couple hundred members” eventually, but the April 13 meeting is about finding some initial members to get the ball rolling.

“We have to have a minimum of 20 members to get a charter from nationals, so the meeting is really about getting our 20 members on board so we can go ahead and get started,” Jones said.

The detachment would be the first in the area and would serve Birmingham and Shelby County, he said.

According to a press release, Gen. Victor “Bruce” Krulak served as a combat-decorated Marine during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His son, Gen. Charles Krulak, was also a highly decorated combat Marine who rose through the ranks to become the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps. Charles Krulak today serves as president of Birmingham-Southern College.

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