SEPTEMBER 26, 1950

Our Namesake

Detachment 1347 is named after Private First Class Eugene A. Obergon, United States Marine and Medal of Honor Recipient.

Eugene was born in Los Angeles on November 12, 1930. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 7, 1948.  Eugene was 17 years-old. 

Following his graduation from MCRD San Diego, Eugene was assigned to the Marine Corps Supply Depot, Barstow, California, where he served as a fireman.  At the outbreak of the Korean War, Eugene was transferred to the 1st Marine Provisional Brigade and served as a machine gun ammunition carrier. His unit departed the United States on July 14, 1950,and arrived at Pusan, Korea, on August 3, 1950.  Eugene was in action by August 8, 1950, along the Naktong River, and then participated in the landing at lnchon.


On September 26, 1950, Eugene gave his life to save a fellow Marine. During the assault on the City of Seoul, Eugene used his body to shield a fallen Marine from enemy machine gun fire.  He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroics. The award was presented to his parents by Secretary of the Navy Daniel A. Kimball on August 30, 1951.  Eugene was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars.

It is in Eugene's honor that Detachment 1347 serves the Marine veterans of Los Angeles. 


Support Marine veterans and their families

Preserve the traditions of our Corps

Connect Marine veterans

The mission of Marine Corps League Detachment 1347 is simple: help the Marine Corps veterans of Los Angeles. We do this a number of ways. We provide breakfast to veterans and their families. We provide color guard detachments for events and funerals. We assist Marines in finding jobs. We give our business to fellow Marines. And much more.

If an Angeleno Marine needs help, we're here. 

  • Family comes first 
  • Integrity matters
  • Justice should prevail
  • Service above self
  • Honesty is a given 

© 2017 by Marine Corps League Detachment 1347

  • Facebook App Icon
  • Twitter App Icon
  • YouTube App Icon