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Happy Birthday Marines!!!

11/9/09 in Locker Room   |   USMC_0369_8541   |   26 respect



November 10th holds a special place for all Marines.  Whether you are Active Duty, Reserve, Retired, or a Veteran this day will forever be ingrained in your brain housing group.  It is the day that the world's finest fighting force was born back in 1775 at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA.  Marines have been involved in every major conflict that has taken place and also in some that may be less known throughout history.  In it's 234 years there have not been many years that Marines were not in harm's way on some far off shore.  There are too many heroic men or actions to list on here so if you are curious you can find it all online.  Below is the Birthday Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps as well as the Birthday video.  No matter where Marines are deployed they take time to read the Birthday Message from the Commandant as well as the first message from General John A. Lejeune.  They also recognize the oldest and youngest Marine present to signify the passing of the torch from the past generation to the new generation by sharing a peice of cake, or poundcake if you are deployed.  My most memorable Birthday was in 2004.  It marked the second day of the Battle of Fallujah, Operation Phantom Fury.  This was the biggest urban battle since Hue City in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968.  It involved 8000 plus Marines and around 2000 soldiers.  Pretty obvious why this would be my most memorable.  To all the Marines on the Q please feel free to share your own memorable Marines Corps birthday with everyone.  I am sure there are some great ones out there and I feel that people need to know what we do and how tight we really are.  The only people that will ever know what it feels like to be a Marine are those that have stood on those yellow foot prints on either coast and that marched across that parade deck 13 weeks later.  To all my brothers in arms Happy Birthday and Semper Fi!!!


UNITED STATES MARINES REPRESENT THE BEST YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OUR NATION HAS TO OFFER.  TO BE A MARINE IS TO BE A MEMBER OF AMERICA'S WARRIOR CLASS - TO BE ONE OF THE FEW WHO STEPS FORWARD WITH THE COURAGE AND CONVICTION TO FACE WHATEVER DANGERS AWAIT.  OUR NATION EXPECTS HER MARINES TO BE READY WHEN THE NATION CALLS; TO LEAVE FAMILY AND THE COMFORTS OF HOME BEHIND; TO MARCH INTO BATTLE AND THRIVE UNDER AUSTERITY; AND TO COME HOME UNDER A VICTORY PENNANT.

2.  FROM AL ANBAR IN THE WEST OF IRAQ, TO HELMAND PROVINCE IN THE SOUTH OF AFGHANISTAN, OUR CORPS OF MARINES CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO BE FOUND WHERE THE FIGHT IS TOUGHEST.  SUCH IS OUR HISTORY.  TODAY, AS WE WRITE THE FINAL CHAPTER ON OUR VICTORY IN IRAQ, WE WILL INCREASINGLY TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY IN AFGHANISTAN AND ADD NEW PAGES TO OUR LEGACY IN PLACES CALLED DELARAM, NOW ZAD, AND GARMSIR. ONE DAY, WE WILL RETURN TO OUR NAVAL HERITAGE AND PATROL THE HIGH SEAS WITH OUR NAVY BROTHERS.  SUCH IS OUR FUTURE.

3.  AS WE CELEBRATE OUR CORPS' 234TH BIRTHDAY, WE FIRST PAUSE TO REFLECT AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE MARINES WHO HAVE GIVEN THE LAST FULL MEASURE IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM.  WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO OUR MARINE CORPS FAMILIES - THE UNSUNG HEROES WHO ENDURE HARDSHIP AND SACRIFICE SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GO FORWARD AND ACCOMPLISH ANY MISSION.  WE EXTEND OUR APPRECIATION TO OUR COUNTRYMEN WHO HAVE ANSWERED OUR EVERY NEED.  AND WE CELEBRATE THE MAGNIFICENT MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILLINGLY AND SELFLESSLY CONTINUE TO GO INTO HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT THIS GREAT NATION.

4.  TO ALL WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE, TO THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM TODAY, AND TO THE FAMILIES THAT GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO FORGE AHEAD - I WISH YOU ALL A HEARTFELT HAPPY 234TH BIRTHDAY!

5.  SEMPER FIDELIS!  JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS
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11/10/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

I learned how to play this on my trombone when I was 6 in order to honor my grandfather I can still play to this day. The Marines are a huge part of my family and I am proud to be the grandson of a United States Marine.

11/10/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

wrote:
Cool, no need to come back and give me one! Just recognizing the B-Day is worth ALL the respect in this World to me!

In that case...

11/10/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

OORAH, SEMPER FI for my Grandpa Gunny SGT Kennith Hart 2 tours in Korea and 3 in Nam. 25 years Ret.

Happy Bday to Marines! and love and respect to all past and present military personnel

11/10/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

wrote:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEVIL DOGS!!! ( AND MY BROTHERS)!

Happy birthday Vinnie! I'm out of respect for the day, but I'll come back and get you one tomorrow.

11/10/09   |   kteacher   |   34349 respect

Brainwashed from a very young age to celebrate this day----------------OORAH! Happy Birthday Marines!

Dad, uncle, grandpa, two nephews, quite a few friends are Marines. (Would not dare to ever say "were".....my dad always said, "Once a Marine, always a Marine."

11/10/09   |   marcus_nyce   |   27064 respect

OORAH to my cuz.

11/9/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Semper Fidelis.

Sgt. Patrick Gordon, 3rd Rad Bn, Active duty: 2003-2008