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2014 MCL National Marine of the Year

Neil B. Corley

Neil B. Corley

Marine Neil B. Corley is a member of the Northampton County Detachment #298, Department of Pennsylvania, in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was named the 50th National Marine of the Year at the 91st Marine Corps League National Convention in Charleston, West Va.

Marine Corley also served honorably in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Reserves. He joined the Marine Corps League in May 1992 earning nearly every award possible and has held numerous positions in the League and the Military Order of Devil Dogs. Among his accomplishments, he was awarded the Marine of the Year Award from the Diamond Detachment, Marine of the Year from the Department of Pennsylvania, the Distinguished Citizens Gold Award (twice), the Pennsylvania Sate Commendation Medal for his work on the State Veterans Commission and the Carlson Raider award as “The Ultimate Marine”.

He joined the Northampton County Detachment in 1993 and is currently a Life Member. He is also a Life Member of the Diamond Detachment in Delaware. Additionally, he is also a Life Member of the American Legion of over 38 years and a Life Member of AmVets. He is a PDD and Life Member with Pound 67 MODD and is a Past Pound Keeper. He also served as Pennsylvania Pack Dog Robber for five years. With the Northampton County Detachment he was elected for two years each as Junior Vice, Senior Vice and Commandant. He served on the Honor/Color Guard and as Americanism Chairman with the Detachment receiving the Gil Gray awarded at national convention. He has volunteered with the Regional YPF meets at Parkland HS for the past 10 years. For the past eight years his involvement in the Toys for Tots have been extensive, putting in over 1500 miles collecting and distributing toys in the Sussex County, DE area each year and served seven of them as Assistant Toys for Tots Coordinator of Nassau DE. In August 2012 he was proud to have the opportunity to represent the National Marine Corps League by reading our National Charter that was presented to the Marine Corps League by Congress and signed by President Roosevelt 75 years ago. It was performed at the entrance to Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

Marine Corley was a career law enforcement officer and retired as Police Chief of the Pohatcong Township Police Department in New Jersey where he resided at the time of his retirement. Living most of his life in the Warren County, NJ area he also served six years as a Township Committee Official and later Councilman for 3 years before being elected Mayor. Marine Corley also served as the Chairman of the research committee that studied the Establishment of a County wide 911 center, which serves the entire county Police, Fire and EMS services along with emergency management.

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