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Photo gallery: Mon Valley Leathernecks host U.S. Marine Corps 238 anniversary

Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Angelo and Inge Loulis of Monessen stand for the National Anthem during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference | The Valley Independent</em></div>Angelo and Inge Loulis of Monessen stand for the National Anthem during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Patti Bigi of Carroll Township gives Donora Mayor John Lignelli a hug during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9,2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Patti Bigi of Carroll Township gives Donora Mayor John Lignelli a hug during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9,2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Gia Bitonti and U.S. Army Specialist Adam Miller of Allenport attended the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9,2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Gia Bitonti and U.S. Army Specialist Adam Miller of Allenport attended the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9,2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Mon Valley Leathernecks Joe Uchelvich of Belle Vernon and Manuel Yocolano of Victory Hill talk about old times during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Mon Valley Leathernecks Joe Uchelvich of Belle Vernon and Manuel Yocolano of Victory Hill talk about old times during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Stella and Joseph Frantz of Charleroi look over the Mon Valley Leathernecks honor role at the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Stella and Joseph Frantz of Charleroi look over the Mon Valley Leathernecks honor role at the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Mon Valley Leatherneck Adjutant Herman Bigi reads a message from the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9,2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Mon Valley Leatherneck Adjutant Herman Bigi reads a message from the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9,2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Bob Vertacnik of Collinsburg salutes during the National Anthem at the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Bob Vertacnik of Collinsburg salutes during the National Anthem at the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The Mon Valley Leathernecks Color Guard members, Howard Kifer, Dave Greenawalt, Julie Marsich and Jim Christopher present the colors during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>The Mon Valley Leathernecks Color Guard members, Howard Kifer, Dave Greenawalt, Julie Marsich and Jim Christopher present the colors during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Mon Valley Leathernecks Chaplin Larry Maggi as master of ceremonies during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Maggi is also a Washington County commissioner.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Mon Valley Leathernecks Chaplin Larry Maggi as master of ceremonies during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Maggi is also a Washington County commissioner.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Mon Valley Leathernecks Commandant Howard Weber receives a flag that flew over the capital from U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle's representative Don Craven of Elizabeth during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9,2 013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Mon Valley Leathernecks Commandant Howard Weber receives a flag that flew over the capital from U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle's representative Don Craven of Elizabeth during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9,2 013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Keeping with tradition, the oldest Marine present Joseph Frantz of Charleroi gives his piece of cake to the youngest present Marine, Julie Marsich, of Charleroi, during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Keeping with tradition, the oldest Marine present Joseph Frantz of Charleroi gives his piece of cake to the youngest present Marine, Julie Marsich, of Charleroi, during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Mon Valley Leatherneck Mike Yusko of Monessen plays taps during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Mon Valley Leatherneck Mike Yusko of Monessen plays taps  during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Carl Maggi of Claysville listen to his stepson, guest speaker Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of the 926th Army Engineer Brigade, during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Carl Maggi of Claysville listen to his stepson, guest speaker Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of the 926th Army Engineer Brigade, during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Guest speaker Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of the 926th Army Engineer Brigade, give his remarks during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Guest speaker Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of the 926th Army Engineer Brigade, give his remarks during the Mon Valley Leathernecks Marine Corps 238 Birthday Ball at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

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By The Valley Independent
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The Mon Valley Leathernecks hosted their annual Birthday Ball Saturday at the Donora Municipal Building Social Hall.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin was the guest speaker for the U.S. Marine Corps 238th anniversary celebration.

Irwin, of McMurray, commands the 926th Engineer Brigade, the Army's largest combat engineer brigade, based in Montgomery, Ala.

Leathernecks chaplin Larry O. Maggi served as master of ceremonies. The banquet featured a formal program, cake-cutting ceremony, dinner and dancing.

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