Jeff White recently received the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in the Toys for Tots program over several years. The award is one of the highest that may be awarded at the detachment level. White is a member of the Sgt Clyde Thomason Medal of Honor Detachment serving Coweta and Fayette counties. The local detachment, for several years, has provided Christmas toys to 5,000 – 6,000 local children through its Toys for Tots program. The award was presented by Past Junior Commandant John Caldwell, III.
The Sgt Clyde Thomason Medal of Honor Detachment is one of 1,100 detachments in all 50 states composed of Marine veterans, FMF Corpsmen and Chaplains, and Marines who continue to serve the community and the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps League, chartered by an act of Congress, offers funeral honors support, color guards, support for transitioning Marines and family support, rifle and pistol matches, college scholarships, and much more.
In addition to the Toys for Tots program, the detachment also has supported the Wounded Warrior Regiment, those suffering with traumatic brain injuries, Healing for Heroes, and the East Coweta High School Marine Corps JROTC, to name a few.
Membership is open to all honorably discharged Marines and Fleet Marine Force Chaplains and Corpsmen. A valid DD-214 is required. The local detachment meets each second Tuesday of the month (except in December) in the fellowship hall of Christ the King Church, 3881 Highway 34 East, Sharpsburg. A website if available at http://MCL1325.net/. There is also a Facebook page at Sgt. Clyde Thomason, MOH Marine Corps League Detachment #1325.