James "Doc" Szatkowski of the Morris F. Dixon Jr. Detachment 54 of the Marine Corps League in Clearwater/Largo was named 2011 Marine of the Year.
The award was presented to Szatkowski by Frank Correa, commandant of Marine Corps League Detachment 54, at the 236th birthday celebration of the Marine Corps hosted by the detachment at the Belleair Country Club.
During his seven-year membership with Detachment 54 and as a member of the Military Order of the Devil Dogs, Pound 79, Florida Pack, Szatkowski has held several officer positions; served on the honor guard; represented the detachment as a volunteer at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Hospital; supported the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program and provided numerous meals to the homeless with Project Hope. He currently serves as the detachment chaplain.
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