OORAH! 237!

I cannot let the day pass without saying Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps.

Happy 237th Birthday and thank you, Devil Dogs!


Let’s have a sing along.



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  1. traditionalorganist says:

    How many marines read this blog? Count…one! (Marines know how to respond here)…Happy Birthday devil pups! Yut!

  2. Andy Lucy says:

    Happy birthday, USMC, from the senior branch… HOOAH! … and many more.

  3. Kerry says:

    The two greatest institutions in the world, the Catholic Church, and the Marine Corps.

  4. RLeon says:

    No. 47 (Series 1921)
    Washington, November 1, 1921
    759. The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the 10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it will be read upon receipt.
    On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name “Marine”. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.
    The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation’s foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
    In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
    This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.
    Major General Commandant

    Semper Fi.

  5. poorlady says:

    My dad was in the Marine Corps. for 22 years. He served in Okinawa, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and served several times in the Pacific. He got the purple heart, too from saving the life of a comrade during a drive into Saigan after a child had thrown a grenade into the jeep he was riding in.

    Not too shabby. But there are other men who have served longer.
    Happy Birthday Marine Corps!

  6. Sword40 says:

    We are a Marine family. Myself(’62-’66), my wife(’62-’66), oldest daughter(’85-’89) and first son, (’91-present). OOO Rah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Phillip says:

    Happy birthday, Marine Corps.

    – a Corpsman

  8. chantgirl says:

    Grandpa was Air Force, dad was Navy submariner, brother is a Marine. Please say a prayer for him and his brothers as they celebrate at the Marine Ball tonight; those boys drink like they mean it, especially after deployment!

    If you ever get a chance, visit the National Marine Corps Museum. I had to take the kiddos on vacation without the hubby this year. We visited the museum and I had them stand in the little booth where the DI’s yell at you. Great family fun. They also have a walk paved with bricks showing name, rank and war or conflict. I will say this- if you take little boys, be prepared for them trying to beat the tar out of each other for the next few days!

  9. AA Cunningham says:

    To my fellow Devil Dogs past and present, particularly those in the tactical electronic warfare community – VMAQs – Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis.

  10. EXCHIEF says:

    Semper Fi to all the Devil Dogs and since Veterans Day is also upon us a sincere thank you to all who have served in uniform.

  11. Angie Mcs says:

    Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps! Although I’m not from a USMC family, I cannot hear that song or see those and other pictures without great emotion. For what you have done for your country and selflessly given for the sake of us all, I thank you. And to your families who gave you the support and love that helped you do your fine work, again, I thank you all. May God bless you all and God bless the United States of America.

  12. mpolo says:

    The Marine Corps Hymn is blocked by Youtube for copyright violation here in Germany. Typical.

    God bless our men in uniform.

  13. Pastor Bonus says:

    Happy Birthday the USMC, a fine example of dedication, service and sacrifice to us all. Semper fi.

  14. acardnal says:

    Although I am an Air Force veteran, I thank the Marines for their service on their birthday AND ALL veterans on this day in which we honor them in the USA including my late father, a Navy and Army vet, who was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

  15. Phil_NL says:

    Happy Birthday, and a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the USMC! You lot, as well as all the other branches, have saved our European bacon on numerous occasions, for which we owe eternal thanks. Semper fi!

    @mpolo: well, that’s actually true. This version of the Marine Corps hymn is straight from a CD by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (instantly recognizable for those who own that CD)

  16. BigRed says:

    Ira Hayes, Mike Strank, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley, Rene Gagnon and Harlon Bloch are the boys in the photo. They assaulted Hell itself and only Hayes, Bradley and Gagnon came out on the other side.

    My user name honors my father who piloted a B-26 through 66 combat missions over Europe and returned safely home.

    Iron Men. All of them.

  17. yatzer says:

    My dad was an Army surgical assistant who helped care for the Marines and others on Iwo Jima. After his passing we found a box of pictures, including that mountain, and copies of a newsletter he had helped put out that he never mentioned for 60 years.

  18. Laura98 says:

    My great-grandfather, Samuel B. Babcock was a Corporal in the 96th Co., which fought at Belleau Wood in World War I. His particular Co. fought for, and held the small town of Boursches against a much larger force of Germans, while the rest of the Marines fought over the nearby wheat field and hill of Belleau Wood. His 2nd. Lt. was the only surviving officer, Clifton B. Cates, who later went on to become the Commandant of the USMC and led the Marines through WW2 and some of its fiercest battles.

    After the War, my g-grandfather went on to server in many veterans organizations, and was especially active during WW2, and a bit less so during the Korean War. But, even afterwards, he always kept in touch with his Marine buddies, up until the end. And the Marines were there for him too. The day before he passed away in 1980, a special Marine Corps Honor Guard came and gave him a special certificate (I don’t remember exactly what it was for right now… I think for Service in WWI ??) – but I have a picture of the ceremony. Semper Fi!

  19. LaxMom25 says:

    Happy Birthday Marine Corps!
    From the grateful wife of a career Marine. My husband’s motto, after “Semper Fidelis”:
    “Faith, Family, Country, Corps”

  20. chantgirl says:

    Laura98- God bless your great-grandfather and all of the men who fought in Belleau Wood. I still remember how shocked I was to find that the Germans used mustard gas. God have mercy on the souls of those who died so horribly!

  21. AnAmericanMother says:

    Laura, our neighbor when we were first married was gassed at Belleau Wood. We looked after his livestock when he went into the VA periodically with emphysema and other aftereffects of the mustard gas. It eventually killed him.
    God bless ’em all.
    My youngest is a U.S. Marine with two tours under his belt — first Marine in the family that we know of (he just had to be different!)
    Husband was Army/Chemical Corps but never saw combat – he was commissioned right as the war in Vietnam ended and wound up in the Reserves for years.
    Father was a Combat Engineer in WWII, in N. Africa and Italy, then wound up in the JAG supervising the Greek elections (and getting shot at by Communists and eating sheep’s eyeballs.)
    Father-in-law was Signal Corps in the Pacific. His jeep was blown up on Iwo but he was not hurt, also at Guadalcanal, Saipan, and served in the Occupation.
    Maternal grandfather was a Combat Engineer in WWI – he was on the troop ship when they signed the Armistice, and they turned around and came home.
    Great-uncle was in the Navy with Dewey at Manila Bay.
    Three great-great grandfathers in the CSA – artillery, cavalry, and infantry.
    Five Revolutionary Ancestors, two in the militia and three in the Continental Army.

  22. jarhead462 says:

    Thank you for the birthday wishes, Father.
    Also, thank you to your kind readers.
    It was an honor to serve. (’87- ’92 Persian Gulf)
    I would not trade those four years for anything.

    Semper Fi!

  23. ajf1984 says:

    Happy (belated) birthday, Marines! Lookin’ great at 237!

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