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Monthly Meetings:
Bellefonte Elks Club
2nd. Monday of each Month:
1930 Hours (7:30 p.m.)
Bellefonte Elks Club
120 West High Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823

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Mailing Address:
Nittany Leathernecks Det.
P.O. Box 956
Lemont, PA 16851-0956
814-357-1862 (Det Commandant)

Bob Johnson

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  • Marine Corps League of PA
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  • Det 302

    The Nittany Leathernecks Detachment (DET 302) - serving in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Det 302 was established October, 1974. The Detachment consists of U.S. Marines and FMF Corpsman active or honorably discharged. The Det's motto is: "Valiant service is not limited to combat."

    Det 302 Leadership

    Our Namesake

    Nittany Lion

    The Nittany Lion is the mascot of the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania and its athletic teams. It refers to the mountain lions that once roamed nearby the school, and to Mount Nittany, a local landmark. The origin of the name "Mount Nittany" is obscure, the most commonly accepted explanation being that it is derived of Native American words (loosely pronounced as "neet-a-nee") meaning either "single mountain" or a protective barrier against the elements.

    Sculptor Heinz Warnecke was retained to carve the lion at the site from a thirteen-ton block of limestone. The sculpture was formally unveiled on October 24, 1942. The shrine has come to be one of the most visited and photographed sites, not just on campus, but also in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.