Donald Cook Detachment # 608 Burlington Vermont







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About Us: We are one of 5 detachments of the Marine Corps League in Vermont and based in Burlington. We are honored to be able to name our detachment after Donald Cook who was a POW in Vietnam and repeatedly put the interests of his comrades before that of his own well-being. Giving more needy men his medicine and drug allowance while constantly nursing them, he risked infection from contagious diseases while in a rapidly deteriorating state of health, eventually losing his life. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.


Mission: Members of the Donald G. Cook Detachment provide assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and their families as well as conduct events and ceremonies together in fellowship and camaraderie in order to preserve the history and traditions of the United States Marine Corps and support our local community.




The USS Donald Cook DDG75 is the first naval war vessel named for an unreturned Prisoner of War. On 20 March 2003 the first Tomahawk missiles launched at the beginning of the Second Gulf War were fired from the USS Donald Cook. More information is available here.


Donald G. Cook - USMC









The current committees of the Donald G. Cook Detachment are:


Toys for Kids of Vermont
Picnic Committee
Welcome Aboard Committee
Marine Corps Birthday Ball Committee
Technology Committee
Honor Guard Committee


The current activities include:


Color Guard Detail
Toys for Kids of Vermont
Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Local Parades



Once a Marine! - Always a Marine!