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Irwin named W.Va. Marine of the Year

Submitted photo U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Elkins Marine Corps League Detachment 956 Paymaster/Adjutant General Gregory Irwin, left, of Valley Bend, receives the 2020 MCL Department of West Virginia Marine of the Year Award from Past Department Commandant John Nanny, second from right. Participating in the award ceremony are Past Department Commandant Mike McLain, second from left, and Junior Past Department Commandant Scott Kirby, right.

ELKINS — Elkins native Gregory Irwin, a retired correctional officer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was recognized as the 2020 Marine Corps League Department of West Virginia Marine of the Year on Sept. 12 during the MCL Department Fall Quarterly Conference in Parkersburg.

The Department Marine of the Year Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a regular member of the Department Marine Corps League who is a Marine veteran. Irwin was recognized for his outstanding leadership as well as community and civic achievements while serving as an officer on the Marine Corps League’s national, department and detachment levels.

Irwin is the MCL’s junior vice commandant of the Department of West Virginia and past commandant of Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 of Elkins, and past commander of American Legion Post 29 in Elkins.

In addition to selection as the 2020 Marine Corps League Department Marine of the Year, his accolades include serving as the 2014 Detachment 956 Marine of the Year. Over the years Irwin has also received numerous other MCL honors including several Distinguished Citizen Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and Distinguished Service medals.

He is a member of the MCL’s fun-and-honor society, the Military Order of the Devil Dogs, where he has served as kennel deputy mad dog from 2016-2020. He is the recipient of the 2018 WV Pack Dog of the Year award and has served as the West Virginia Pack watch dog since 2015.

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