The Young Marines, a national youth organization, raised $43,000 at its inaugural R. Lee Ermey Memorial Golf Tournament held September 16, 2019, at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. The Young Marines Alumni Association was proud to be one of its many sponsors.
For decades, actor R. Lee Ermey was the celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines. Ermey was a frequent guest and motivational speaker at the Young Marines adult leaders conference, and he raised money each year at the Young Marines annual golf tournament. Ermey passed away in April 2018.
“My brother was extremely passionate about the Young Marines mission,” said Jack Ermey, R. Lee Ermey’s brother. “Lee loved playing in the Young Marines golf tournament, and our family is proud to continue the support of the Young Marines by lending my brother’s name.”
Golfers joined seven Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps including: the current and 19th S
ergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Troy E. Black; 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Michael Barrett USMC (Ret); 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Carlton Kent USMC (Ret); 15th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, John Estrada USMC (Ret); 14th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Alford McMichael USMC (Ret); 13th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Lewis Lee USMC (Ret); 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Gene Overstreet USMC (Ret).
Overstreet is a member of the board of directors of the Young Marines. Barrett is a member of the board of directors of the Young Marines National Foundation.
Many Young Marines Alumni golfers also participated in the tournament. “It’s means a lot to support the Young Marines after it making an impression on my childhood,” said Col. John Sachrison, USMC (Ret), Young Marines Alumni and COO of Marine Corps University Foundation.
“The Young Marines Alumni Association is committed to advancing the Young Marines national youth organization,” stated Jason D. Asbill, Esq., Executive Director of the Alumni Association. “The most productive way we can do that for an event like this is to bring out alumni with different backgrounds to be the proof of concept of the youth program.”
Sponsors of the event included:
Young Marines Alumni Association
New England Division – Marine Corps League
Ocean Construction Services
TSI VA, LLC
Young Marines National Foundation
About the Young Marines Alumni Association
The Young Marines Alumni Association is a subsidiary organization of the Young Marines national youth organization whose purpose is to connect former Young Marines back to the program, continue the camaraderie they enjoyed as youth, and inspire future generations of Young Marines. The Alumni Association is open to any former Young Marine who discharged from the program in good standing, regardless of age or time in program. For more information, visit our website at: https://www.youngmarinesalumni.org.