Saturday, November 10, 2007

No, I like all you Navy boys. Everytime we gotta go some place to fight, you fellas always give us a ride.

November 10th is regarded as the "birthday" of the United States Marine Corps. So, I'd like to wish those who are "always faithful" a Happy 232nd Birthday.

(Philadelphia) Friday, November 10, 1775

Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised, consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and other officers as usual in other regiments; and that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered as part of the number which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.

And a few "ou-rah" quotes for your motivational pleasure:

"The Continental ship Providence, now lying at Boston, is bound on a short cruise, immediately; a few good men are wanted to make up her complement."
-Marine Captain William Jones, Providence Gazette, 20 March 1779.

"you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"
-Captain Henry P. "Jim" Crowe, USMC, Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943.

"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."
-Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, 16 March 1945.

"The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps."

-General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC, to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946.

"I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world."

-General Douglas MacArthur, USA, outskirts of Seoul, 21 September 1950.

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they've ever made a difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem."
-Ronald Reagan

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 unfurl'd 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.



At 12 November, 2007 06:00, Blogger samurai said...

Happy Birthday Marines!

from an Army soldier...

At 12 November, 2007 08:13, Blogger Michelle K said...

A Few Good Men

At 12 November, 2007 23:14, Blogger GUNNY said...

Michelle is on a roll!

I'd suggest we start posting the SCOREBOARD, but I don't want the rest of the pack to get too embarrassed.


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