Navajo Code Talkers honored on 75th anniversary of WWII
Thursday, August 15, 2019
More than 150 youth members of the Young Marines from across the country gathered in Window Rock, Arizona, to honor and learn from the Navajo Code Talkers from WWII.
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Angela M. Maness named to Board of Directors of the Young Marines
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines announce a new board member – Angela M. Maness. She serves as the Senior Vice Commandant of her Marine Corps League Detachment and the 1st Vice President of the Women Marines Association.
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David S. Jonas named General Counsel of the Young Marines
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The members of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines announce a new General Counsel – Young Marines board member David S. Jonas, a Partner at FH+H law firm in Tysons, Virginia.
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Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Young Marines announced the 2019 - 2020 National Young Marine of the Year – YM/SgtMaj Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California.
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North San Diego Young Marines named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’
Monday, May 20, 2019
North San Diego Young Marines in Vista, California named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’. The announcement was made May 18, at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Orlando, Florida.
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DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reducti
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Young Marines board member William J. Walker honored as ‘Man of the Year'
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Major General William J. Walker, a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines, was honored as “Leo High School Alumni Association’s Man of the Year” for 2019.
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Young Marines Announces $2.2M in Scholarships at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security for Young Marines Alumni
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Any young adult who was in the Young Marines or a veteran volunteer who has a bachelor’s degree can apply for one of the 40 full-time scholarships being offered from the DMGS.
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Young Marines Proudly Join America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program
Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Young Marines is a member of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, designed to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families for their service, valor, and sacrifice.
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Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year.” The winners will vie for the title of “National Young Marine of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference in May.
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Young Marines in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Young Marines participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and led the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.
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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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Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Megan Lynch, National Young Marine of the YearThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the 2019 - 2020 National Young Marine of the Year – YM/SgtMaj Megan Lynch, 16, of Fountain Valley, California.

She is a member of the Southeast County Young Marines The unit meets in Seal Beach, California. Lynch is a junior at Inspire Charter School.

She represented Division 6, competing with five other Division Young Marines of the Year for the title of National Young Marine of the Year which was announced at the annual Adult Leaders’ Conference for Young Marines held Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.

Lynch joined the Young Marines at age nine and is in her seventh year in the program. She joined to follow her brother’s footsteps. An additional aspect of the Young Marines that attracted her was the opportunity to learn to be a mentor and leader of her peers and friends.

She helped development retention guidelines and was invited to participate in the Public Affairs Training Course, ultimately assigned to the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Trip. Lynch participated in several SPACES trips: Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska, FEMA/CERT, and ORME.

Outside the Young Marines, Lynch is interning as a teacher. She is vice president of the Bible Club, member of the SCUBA club, member of the Spanish Club and member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, singing, and photography.

Following high school, Lynch plans to attend Biola University in La Mirada, California, and earn a degree in Education and English with a minor in Theology. She plans to teach middle school English. Also, she will be joining summer mission trips through her church and will continue as an adult volunteer with the Young Marines program.

Last March, as Division 6 Young Marine of the Year, Lynch escorted WWII veterans to the annual Reunion of Honor trip to Guam and Iwo Jima.

"Megan Lynch is an exceptional individual," said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “She has proven herself a dedicated leader. When we traveled to Iwo Jima in March, I was able to see firsthand what an outstanding Young Marine she is. It is a huge accomplishment to be named National Young Marine of the Year, and she will be a fine ambassador and spokesperson for the next year."

Lynch is the daughter of Julia Lynch, who is the executive officer of the unit, and Chad Lynch who is an adult volunteer. Lynch has a brother involved in the program - YM/MSgt Connor Lynch.

“My Young Marines experience has, without a doubt, shaped my goals and has given me the tools to achieve them,” Lynch said. “Interacting with adults in various leadership positions has given me the confidence and practice necessary to be an effective communicator, leader, and teacher. It has taught me self-discipline and cooperation. The Young Marines contributed to my appreciation of veterans and my knowledge about the danger of drugs in a society filled with them.

“All in all, I am a better version of myself because of all the virtues bestowed upon me throughout the last seven years. And for that, I say thank you to the program that made me, me.”

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 over 264 units with 8,500 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at:


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