Naperville Marines


About the Naperville Marines

Over 40 years ago, several Naperville Marines met in the home of the late Drew Mathews, Lt.Col. USMC (retired) to celebrate the United States Marine Corps Birthday.   From that small gathering the tradition of the ‘Marine Ball” here in Naperville has grown to 400-500 guests that gather every year to “Honor and Celebrate” our beloved United States Marine Corps on November 10th.   We Naperville Marines are proud and committed to carry on this tradition.

It is also that time of the year again when everyone around the world pays homage to all our United States Marines that have served and continue to serve our great country in harms’ way all over the World.   ALL Marines, on November 10th of every year, stop and honor this special day.



Due to the continuing concerns of COVID-19, the Naperville Marines will not be hosting a ball this year for the 245th Marine Corps Birthday.

We ask that all Marines, families and friends celebrate this year’s birthday of our Marine Corps in a safe and healthy manner and we hope to see you next year.

246th Marine Corps Birthday Ball








246th Marine Corps Birthday Ball

On Saturday November 6, 2021 we all come together to celebrate the 246th birthday of the Beloved Marine Corps.  All who have served and not served are welcome to particpate in this formal, traditional event-filled evening.




We will have VALET Parking Available!

You have two options to purchase tickets.  You may purchase them securely online using major credit and debit cards, ACH or Paypal.  You may also download the printable form to fill out and mail in along with your check.

If you are mailing your reservation and payment please send correspondence to:

Naperville Marines, Attn: Chuck Bokar

c/o DRC

424 Fort Hill Drive, Suite 118

Naperville, Illinois 60540


The Naperville Marines along with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation’s Annual Campaign


 Marines will be on duty to accept:

New and unwrapped toys for children from

the ages of toddlers to 12 years of age for both boys and girls


Checks payable to:

“Marine Toys for Tots Foundation”

Our History

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of “American Marines.” Congress commissioned 31-year-old Samuel Nicholas, a well-known Philadelphian, as captain of the fledgling force of Continental Marines. Nicholas raised two battalions of Marines and began the long, illustrious history of the United States Marine Corps.

On November 1, 1921, General John A. Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. The order provided a summary of the history, mission, and traditions of the Corps. General Lejeune directed that the order be read to every command each subsequent year on November 10th in honor of the founding of the Marine Corps. This tradition has continued every year since 1921 throughout the Corps.

The first official “Birthday Ball” was probably held in 1925 in Philadelphia. No official records of the event were held prior to that date. Guests at the ball in 1925 included the Secretary of the Navy, General Lejeune, well-known national leaders, and representatives from all the military services.

On October 28, 1952, Commandant General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. directed the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday be formalized throughout the Corps. The details were included in the Marine Corps Drill Manual approved in 1956. General Shepherd’s order helped bring together the inclusion of a cake ceremony and other traditions still held every year at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

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Read about this amazing organization that we support.

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View photos from our past events.

Tell that to the Marines – the sailors won’t believe it.


- Sir Walter Scott, Redgauntlet, Vol. II Chapter 7

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