On September 13, more than 100 golfers took the course at Pevely Farms Golf Club in Eureka, Missouri for the 2nd Annual Corporal Donald M. Marler USMC Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Cpl Marler grew up in Oakville, Missouri and attended Oakville High School where he graduated in 2006. While in the Marines, he protected Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama at Camp David where he held the billet of Sergeant or Staff Sergeant while he was a Corporal. After Camp David he was assigned to a unit that would not deploy before he would leave the Corps. Donald requested a transfer to a unit that would deploy because he truly embodied the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis. He knew it was his duty to serve overseas, even as a young recruit.
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion 1st Marines. While in Garmsir, Afghanistan, he volunteered for a combat operation. During this operation in the Helmand province, Donald and two other Marines, Sergeant Brandon Bury and Lance Corporal Derek Hernandez, were killed.
Everyone knew how much Donald loved kids, so when the time was right his family felt there was no better way to honor his memory than by helping the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen with their education. The tournament, founded in 2018, benefits the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Corporal Donald M. Marler USMC Memorial Scholarship. To date, four scholarships have been awarded to children of Marines in his name. To learn more about Don and this incredible event, watch the 2019 tournament recap video above.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is honored to help perpetuate Cpl Marler’s legacy through the academic success of his scholarship recipients. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved or donate to his scholarship here.