Clan Leatherneck Society & Foundation History
In November of 1960, 14 Marines were selected from Sea School training to be assigned to the submarine refit ship, USS Proteus (AS19). In January of 1961, the Proteus was dispatched to Holy Loch, Scotland as a support base for the Polaris missile submarine fleet. This ship was the Navy base. Those 14 Marines were to provide security for the Polaris missiles aboard ship. In January of 1963, the Proteus returned to Charleston Navy Base and those Marines were assigned to other duties in the Corps.
- Fast forward to 1996 - The Celtic Games opened in Richmond, Va. in that year, and Cpl. Wayne Watkins got together many of the Marines who were aboard the Proteus to have a reunion and to celebrate their Scotish experiences. They also discovered that there was a Leatherneck tartan, and the Clan Leatherneck tent came about with the help of MSgt Wade Cogdill, Cpl. Jim Sheff, GySgt Roy Fleck, and Wayne's son, Sgt. Michael Watkins.
- Clan Leatherneck became a solid member of the Richmond Celtic Games, donating the Heavy Athletics trophy for a number of years. Also, a number of those original 14 Marines married Scotish lassies, including Wayne Watkins, who married Betsy, and Wade Cogdill, who married Jeanie.
- In 2012, the Watkins family passed Clan Leatherneck on to Cpl. Donald Green, a Marine artillery veteran of Desert Storm, who took their beginning efforts and began bringing in members to raise money to cover expanded expenses and make some donations to Marines in need.
- In June of 2017, the IRS approved Clan Leatherneck Society & Foundation Inc. as a 501(c)3 charity. Our future is wide open, and we hope to aid as many Marines in need as possible.