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November 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, USMC!

Two hundred and thirty four years ago today, the United States Marine Corps was born in - of all places - a tavern in Philadelphia. More than two centuries later, the Marines continue to take the fight to the enemy with dedication, skill, and a fierce commitment to live up to the words of General Jim Mattis: "No better friend, no worse enemy":

The U.S. Marines are flooding in, and you might think that every Marine helicopter in our arsenal is here. I’ll not give numbers and types other than to say the line of aircraft is long and formidable. The U.S. Marines are a spectacle for the U.S. Army and also the British Army. The Marines will come in and live like pure animals, and build a base around themselves, whereas the British and American Armies will tend to build at least part of the base before coming in. One Marine commander told me that during the early part of this war, his men didn’t even shower for three months. We talked for a couple of hours and he was proud that his Marines didn’t need a shower for three months, and that his Marines killed a lot of Taliban and managed to lose only one good man. That’s the Marines. They’ll show up in force with no warning, and their reputation with U.S. Army and Brits who have fought alongside them is stellar. A NPR photographer who just spent more than three weeks with the Marines could not praise them enough, saying he’d been with them in Iraq, too, and that when Marines take casualties, their reaction is to continue to attack. They try to stay in contact until they finish the enemy, no matter how long it takes. Truly they are animals when it comes to the fight. Other than that, great guys. Tonight at dinner, a young Marine Lance Corporal sat in front of me at the crowded dining facility. “Good evening, Sir,” he said. I asked, “Are you living like animals out there?” “Livin’ the dream, Sir!” They are fantastic.

In his annual Birthday message to the Corps, General James Conway affirms the ethos of integrity and professionalism that has bound United States Marines in an unbroken line stretching back across innumerable conflicts, many lost in the fog of history, to a little tavern in a British colony:

Happy Birthday, USMC. So long as America can continue to produce men and women like this, we need not fear for our freedom or our security.

Semper Fidelis, Marines. You make us proud.

Posted by Cassandra at November 10, 2009 09:17 AM

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Powder Dry, Morale High, Semper Fi - JWRipley (Easter 1972)

Have a great Birthday Marines!

Posted by: MaryR at November 10, 2009 09:40 AM

Happy Birthday to the USMC.

Semper Fidelis!

Posted by: vet66 at November 10, 2009 09:57 AM

Definitely not a day for snark. Excellent video. Happy Birthday Marines. Git some, Devil Dogs!

Posted by: MikeD at November 10, 2009 10:06 AM

Hatched in the boozer. Where else would one come up with the idea of an army lite?

Happy birthday my friends.

I did not spend much time on NTC back when it was still RTC but I seem to find my way to MCRD on graduation day, a lot. The pride that those moms and dads and sisters and brothers find in their marines is so transparent.

Posted by: Curtis at November 10, 2009 10:30 AM

We couldn't do it without you. Marine Moms (and Dads) and Marine Wives are the best!

Semper Fi!

Posted by: htom at November 10, 2009 11:28 AM

We couldn't do it without you. Marine Moms and Marine Wives (and Marine Dads) are the best. Semper Fi!

Posted by: htom at November 10, 2009 11:31 AM

"A ship without Marines is like a coat without buttons".
-Admiral David G. Farragut.

Here, here.

Happy anniversary to our nation's best, and most feared, ambassador for liberty.

Posted by: spd rdr at November 10, 2009 11:43 AM

Um.... Hear, hear.

Posted by: spd rdr at November 10, 2009 11:44 AM

Bravo Zulu Devil Dogs. May God keep watch on you. may you always know that you are honored and supported by those who cherish freedom and liberty.

234? You don't look a day over 27!!

Posted by: Kbob in Katy at November 10, 2009 07:34 PM

For more on Marine Corps history, google, 'GunnyG' and learn more about our history than you ever imagined.

(I ain't no hero...but I served with heros.)

Semper Fidelis,
Warren "Bones" Bonesteel

Posted by: Warren Bonesteel at November 10, 2009 09:30 PM