Young Marines raises money to ‘Strengthen the Lives of America’s Youth’ at annual golf tournament
Thursday, October 25, 2018
The Young Marines raised $45,000 at its annual golf tournament held September 24, at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
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Two Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships
Monday, October 1, 2018
Young Marines SgtMaj Tyson Henry, of East Valley Young Marines, and Young Marines MGySgt William J. Daniels, Quartz Hill Young Marines were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Young Marines Honor Navajo Code Talkers
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
More than 100 Young Marines from across the country traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I
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YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The Young Marines announced the 2018 - 2019 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria. She is a member of the Col. Wesley Fox Young Marines in Sterling, Virginia.
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Young Marines National Foundation announces National Security Leadership Award
Monday, May 28, 2018
The Young Marines National Foundation presented the inaugural National Security Leadership Award on behalf of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) to Colette S. Prosser of the Richland County Young Marines in Mansfield, Ohio.
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Young Marines Name 'National Adult Volunteer of the Year' - Colette Prosser
Friday, May 25, 2018
The Young Marines named Colette S. Prosser of Mansfield, Ohio, the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year”. Prosser volunteered an astounding 2,538 hours during the past fiscal year.
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Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina, is the 2018 National Unit of the Year
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Young Marines announced the “2018 National Unit of the Year” – Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina. Upstate Young Marines has 58 active Young Marines and 18 adult volunteers.
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The DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Monday, May 21, 2018
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Young Marines announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role mo
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Wilson Lee Named New Deputy Director of Young Marines
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Wilson Lee, Division 6 Commander of the Young Marines, has been hired as the Deputy Director – East / Chief of Staff.
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Young Marines mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, celebrity spokesperson
Monday, April 16, 2018
The Young Marines mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, 74. Ermey was the celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines, lending his name and his strong support to the youth program.
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Ten Young Marines traveled to Iwo Jima for the annual ‘Reunion of Honor’
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Ten youth members of the Young Marines escorted WWII veterans to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor” trip.
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Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Friday, February 2, 2018
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year. Each honoree is awarded a cash scholarship and will travel throughout the division to other units to lead, motivate, and serve as
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Fourteen-Year-Old Hero And Young Marine Honored By The San Diego City Council
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
City of San Diego declares “Sophia M. Righthouse Day” to honor heroic Young Marines member YM MSgt. Righthouse from Miramar Young Marines.
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Hanover Area Young Marine featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Photos for 2017’
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
YM MgySgt Garett Brauning from Hanover Area Young Marines is featured in Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Photos for 2017
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Young Marines Participate in 76th Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
One hundred fifty youth members of the Young Marines traveled to Hawaii to participate in the Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance.
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Wilson Lee Named New Deputy Director of Young Marines
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bill Smith and Wilson LeeThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced that Wilson Lee is the new Deputy Director – East / Chief of Staff. Lee will continue the mission of “Strengthening the Lives of America’s Youth.” He brings executive level experience in management and finance.

Lee is responsible to the national executive director for assuring proper implementation and adherence to program rules, regulations, and policies by registered adult volunteers running units, battalions, regiments, and divisions of the Young Marines. 

His specific area of responsibility consists of all Young Marine operations in states east of the Mississippi River. Lee is also the chief of staff for the entire Young Marines program, and he assists the national executive director with the management and operation of national headquarters and all other programs.

In addition, Lee is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic plan, business plan, annual operations plan and the annual report.

He is the current Division 6 Commander and will soon transfer that position this summer prior to assuming the title of Deputy.

“We welcome Wilson to our headquarters staff,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “His commitment to the Young Marines is unparalleled, and his ability to work with and inspire our youth members and volunteers is remarkable.”

Lee was an active U.S. Marine from 1983 – 1987 in the Marine Division, 1st Tank Battalion.

He was inspired to become involved with the Young Marines by his stepson who wanted to join. It was natural for Lee to connect and volunteer. In 2002, he began volunteering with the Southland Unit of the Young Marines which meets in San Dimas, California.

“For me this has been the greatest channel to work within,” he said, “and I am rewarded on an almost daily basis by a Young Marine’s or an adult leader’s story, post, phone call, text or email.”

Lee has received numerous awards during his 30 years of service with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He strives to listen and be fair, objective and work in a team environment, both in his work and in his leadership in the Young Marines.

“I make certain our Young Marines have learning and mentoring experiences,” Lee said. “I guide them toward understanding the sense of family within the Young Marines. Using teamwork and service to others, they come to appreciate our great nation.”

Lee’s wife Josephine, supports her husband’s commitment to service. She was an adult volunteer as well from 2002 until the couple’s son Joel graduated from high school.

His leadership has evolved and strengthened through the years. His personal perk is standing back and taking a mental picture, soaking it all in when seeing others working together, learning, laughing and helping each other.  

“It is very rewarding to work with both the youth side and the adult side,” Lee said. “I have been blessed by seeing so many gain the confidence and camaraderie which have built lifelong friendships.”

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 270 units with 9,000 youth and 2,600 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, and affiliates in other countries.

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