Det 302... The Nittany Leathernecks Detachment (DET 302) - serving in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Det 302 was established October, 1974. The Detachment consists of U.S. Marines and FMF Corpsman active or honorably discharged. The Det's motto is: "Valiant service is not limited to combat."
Nittany Leathernecks Det.
P.O. Box 956
Lemont, PA 16851-0956
814-867-1060 (Det Commandant)
Why We're Called the Nittany Leathernecks...
The Nittany Lion is the mascot of the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania and its athletic teams. It refers to the mountain lions that once roamed nearby the school, and to Mount Nittany, a local landmark.
The origin of the name "Mount Nittany" is obscure, the most commonly accepted explanation being that it is derived of Native American words (loosely pronounced as "neet-a-nee") meaning either "single mountain" or a protective barrier against the elements.
During the 1930s, seeking a place to hold pep rallies and victory celebrations, students launched a campaign for a lion shrine. As its gift to the university, the Class of 1940 voted to give the sum of $5,430 to pay for the construction of such a shrine. The sculptor Heinz Warnecke was retained to carve the lion at the site from a thirteen-ton block of limestone. The sculpture was formally unveiled on October 24, 1942. The shrine has come to be one of the most visited and photographed sites, not just on campus, but also in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.