Together with VFW, Returning to Basics led by Drill Instructors

June 4-5, 2021

June 4-5, 2021


TEMECULA, Calif.  Each year, members of the Southwest Riverside County Marine Corps League, Detachment 1057 participate in a unique gathering with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post in Temecula, CA.


The two-day annual "Drill Instructors Call and Charity Golf Event, hosted by the Temecula Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4089 is a special event partnered with the West Coast Drill Instructors Association, attracting current and former drill instructors who served at Marine Corps Recruit Depots in San Diego or Parris Island. 


“If you’ve ever served as a drill instructor, this is the place to be,” said Marine Corps League member Larock Benford.  Also a retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major, Benford added, “there’s nothing better than getting together with Marines you’ve served with, especially if you were involved with making Marines.”


Members of the West Coast Drill Instructors Association and Marine Corps League Detachment 1057 planned for months to host the DI Call, based on tracking the latest updates in local and state guidelines of proper social distancing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 


This event also served as an annual reunion for many of these Marines.  Many of the former drill instructors worked together while serving at the recruit depot. For a moment, comradery and Esprit de Corps transport these former drill instructors back to their time at the recruit depot.


The competitors demonstrated their skills in manual of arms, the “Rusty Hat” cadence calling contest, storytelling, along with judging various drill instructor displays of yesteryear.  The event also hosted a historical display of a World War Two-era Willy’s Jeep, along with a number of fundraising activities supported by a team golf competition, along with auctions and raffles of special items.


“There are a lot of retired Marines living here in Temecula and many of them served as drill instructors during their professional careers,” said retired Master Sergeant John Hernandez.  “The members of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marine Corps League, are deeply involved with the community."  Hernandez added, "at the VFW and Marine Corps League, we support several successful outreach events throughout the year, but the DI Call is our finest event; it’s a true reunion amongst Marines who are still leaders in the community.”





6th Annual Golf Tournament - October 8, 2016                                          Legends Golf Course, Temecula, CA

On 8 October 2016, MCL Det 1057 hosted our

6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at The Legends

Golf Club, Temeku Hills in Temecula, CA. 

We had over 88 golfers, 39 sponsors (13 T-Sponsors

& 26 Auction/Raffle Sponsors), and well over 30

volunteers helping to make this event a huge success.

Southwest Riverside County Marine Corps League

Detachment 1057 would like to recognize and

thank our sponsors:


A-1 Auto Temecula (Owner Jon Gerke)

Albertson’s in Menifee (Antelope Rd) Mgr Tony

*Alfred Fehling DDS, Family Dentistry

Anthony's Lounge & Ristorante, Murrieta

Barons Market

*Barragan Corp International

*BMW of Murrieta (Mgr Boris Said)

Bodhi Smith Photography

Boot Barn Western & Work Wear

Bradford Portraiture

*Cal Fire Riverside County (Temecula Station 73)

*Castaneda Brake Masters Inc

Cherished Memories Photography

*Cleary & Associates, Ameriprise Financial

*CNC Manufacturing

Hair by Laura Van Dam

*Innovative Document Solutions (Kevin Heitritter)

*Jersey's Pizzeria & Restaurant (BKB Investments)

*John Hine Temecula (Bill Brumbaugh)

*Lonnie Long, SgtMaj Ret

Mom & Pop's Frame Shop, Menifee

*Murrieta City Fire Department

Pins & Pockets, Lake Elsinore

*Rancho Ford Temecula

*Richies Diner

*Stadium Pizza (Sandy Kordick)

Stater Bros

*The Craig Family

*Uncle Bob's Sports bar (Bob Craig)

*Veterans Supplemental Support Network

*Volkswagen of Murrieta (Gen Mgr John Ellyson)

Walter Santos Photography

Worldwide Golf Shops

Yard House (Promenade Temecula Mall)


On 31 May 2014, we were honored with the presence of MajGen Lawrence D. Nicholson, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division. Pictured with MajGen Nicholson is Don Krampe, founder of MCL Detachment 1057.


TVYM graduation was held on 18 March 2014.  Congratulations to all the new Young Marines!  For more information, go to

On 31 March 2012 MCL 1057 was honored to have a visit from Major General Ronald L. Bailey, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division.



Thank you to our supporters/sponsors:

*Temecula Creek Inn

*Temecula Valley Young Marines

*Murrieta Valley HS Marine Corps JROTC

*Jaimye Chaney, Wright Century 21 Real Estate

*Mike Hammer

*Massage Envy, Wildomar

*BevMo, Murrieta

*Living Spaces, Menifee

*Doc Borges

*Gina Morris

*MGYSGT (Ret) Simoes, Shield Technology

*Col (Ret) Mike Frazier, former 11th Marines Commanding Ofc

*SgtMaj (Ret) Frank Pulley, MCA Foundation, West Coast Rep

*Col (Ret) Scott Campbell

*Chuck Wiley, 1st Mar Div Assoc, OC Chapter

*Maj (Ret) Neil Reich

*Col (Ret) Jack Hall

*SgtMaj (Ret) Marty Vasquez, Pres 1st Mar Div Assoc, SoCal Chapter