Welcome aboard! We are the Massachusetts Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States.

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families. Further information may be obtained by visiting the web site

The Massachusetts Bay Council, as chartered by the Navy League of the U.S., is a non-profit, educational, 501.c.3 organization with roots back to 1955; With over 500 members and not charging any local dues, we support our Sea Services in many ways. We make many awards to Navy, Coast Guard and Marine personnel, as well as NROTC and JROTC units in eastern Massachusetts, sponsor nine Sea and League Cadet units, sponsor a Maritime Symposium for college students, raise funds for the Marine Toys for Tots program, and much more. We keep our members apprised of legislation affecting Sea Services and encourage them to communicate with their Senators and Congressmen.

We sponsored commissioning of USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) in August 2015, USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) in 2007 and we sponsored commissioning of USS PREBLE (DDG 88) in Boston in 2002; and previously, USS RAMAGE, USS BUNKER HILL and USS SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON; as well as assisting the Coast Guard with several other commissionings.

NAVY LEAGUE DUES REDUCED: Regular Member $55; Even lower is an E-Membership (everything on line) for $25. Opportunity to recruit new members or give a gift. Applications are found at

HUDNER, CAPT Thomas J., Jr., USN (Ret), Medal of Honor Recipient, passed away on 13 November at the age of 93.  A Member of our council, well-known and a friend with many of us.             

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2018 EVENTS: 

USS MANCHESTER (LCS 14) COMMISSIONING on 26 May 2018 in Portsmouth, NH.

Navy Birthday Dinner October 18, 2018. CAPT James P. "Jamie" McGrath, USN, Military Professor, Joint Military Operations Department, Naval War College, Newport, RI addressed building toward a 355 ship Navy compared to the rebuilding of the US Navy in the 1930s.

Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon 12 November 2018, hosted by the Boston Semper Fidelis Society. Commandant of the Marine Corps, GEN Robert B. Neller, was guest of honor.

19 NOVEMBER 2018 ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS: Election of Officers to be inaugurated in January, 2019: President:  Stephen Schnitzer; 1st VP: Bill Malloy; Treasurer:  Michael Sharp; Clerk: Al Prudhomme. VPs: Genevieve Guimond, Harold Learson, Harriett Learson, John Learson, Tommasina Olson, Reid Oslin, Eleanor Samuels, Ivan Samuels, Krys Maksymowicz, Lauren Beagan, and Paul Mahoney. The Board includes the officers and Jeffrey Ahlin, Larry Allen, Mary Jo Majors, James McLaughlin, George Ripsom, Tom Rudden, Chris Donohue, Steve Boodakian, Tom Hennessey, John Tata, Bob Powers and Paul Keane.

USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116) SAILOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AND SHIP TOUR FOR MBC NLUS: Massachusetts Bay Council presentation of the USS HUDNER’s first Sailor of the Year Award to be followed by tours of this brand new ship on November 29 at Black Falcon Pier (Raymond Flynn Cruise Terminal), Boston, MA. 

USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116) COMMISSIONING:  Named for the Medal of Honor recipient and Member (now deceased) of our council was Christened on April 1, 2017 at Bath Iron Works and is now in the water; and is scheduled to be commissioned in Boston on December 1, 2018.  Check out and the website ​


Navy Band Northeast at Worcester Mechanics Hall "Brown Bag Concert" on 05 November 2018.

Toys for Tots: Our 42nd Annual Toys for Tots event is scheduled for 09 December 2018 at the Commandant’s House, Boston Navy Yard (now National Park Service).

Navy Band Northeast at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA on 10 December 2018.  

Annual All Service Academies Holly Ball on 30 December 2018 (Contact: