Happy 244th Birthday USMC!

Raising a glass, especially to those now actively carrying the torch of freedom!

Have a ball and no heel-taps.

Today, instead of my usual daily carry coin, I’ll haul this one around.




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  1. Semper Gumby says:

    Semper Fidelis Fr. Z, all here, and to all Marines afloat and ashore. A hearty salute to the Air Force, Army, and Navy who have lent a hand on more than one occasion since 1775.

    “Stay calm, Marine. God is with us all today.”

    – Fr. Vincent Capodanno to a dying Marine in Vietnam.

    The USS Capodanno was a Navy frigate from 1973-1993. The ship was blessed by St. John Paul II.

  2. Andreas says:

    For one of my Navy career years I had the privilege of being cross-assigned to a Marine Air Group. It was an honor indeed to have served with some of the nation’s finest warriors.

  3. acardnal says:

    Thank you Marines! Happy Birthday to the Corps.

  4. Jack says:

    Semper Gumby: Don’t forget the USCG who have a very symbiotic relationship with the Corps.
    Happy Birthday to all Marines including my nephew!

  5. Semper Fi

    Though the body is battered
    and broken
    and no longer fit for the fray

    The spirit cries out
    and is willing
    and again will carry the day

    Semper Fi is a code
    and a motto
    but some know its deeper side
    that lives in the heart
    of the soldier
    who is this nation’s pride
    for it’s the heart that
    is always faithful
    that is ever so willing
    to die

    For the Cause
    and the Nation
    and Freedom
    it has always been
    Semper Fi

    When liberty’s honor
    is threatened
    and the straits
    are desperately dire
    the Corps will come
    to the forefront
    to offer her men
    for the pyre
    that burns on the
    altar of freedom
    and must not ever

    Though we often
    forget these heroes
    they never forget
    their cry:

    “For the Cause
    and the Nation
    and Freedom
    there will always be
    Semper Fi”

    written by: Tim Taylor

  6. carndt says:

    Thanks to all who served. We enjoy our freedoms because of those who are willing to fight to keep us free.

    My Marine son is a 2nd Bn Tank Officer presently at 29 Palms.
    Keep all of them in your prayers.

  7. AA Cunningham says:

    Semper Fidelis and best wishes for a Happy 244th to all of my fellow Marines particularly to former Marines Father James Jackson FSSP and Father Daniel Nolan FSSP. Father Nolan delivered a noteworthy condemnation of the idolatrous goat rodeo sinod this morning. Ooh-Rah Father Nolan.

  8. Semper Gumby says:

    Jack: Great point. carndt: Will do.

  9. JonPatrick says:

    Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps and a happy Veterans Day to all who serve or have served in the Armed Services. Today is also the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, that Roman soldier who left the service to become a soldier for Christ. May we all serve as faithfully as he did as soldiers in the Church Militant. “Therefore put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground” (Eph 6:13).

    JonPatrick USAF 1971 – 1975.

  10. jjbulano says:

    To all Marines, past, present and future, thank you for your commitment and sacrifice. To my nieces’ husbands who are former Marines – John and Jan – thank you for your service and your love of God and Country. Happy Birthday Marine Corps — Sto Lat!!!

  11. Semper Gumby says:

    AA Cunningham: robtbrown commented once that the Abbot of Clear Creek Abbey is a former Marine.

    Fr. James Jackson wrote “Nothing Superfluous.”

    Fr. Daniel Nolan was homeschooled (Seton) and entered the Naval Academy. From the FSSP website:

    “Four years later he graduated with a BS in Systems Engineering and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After training as an infantry officer, he was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC, and over the next three years deployed to Okinawa, Cuba, Kuwait, Iraq, and the Republic of Georgia.”

    Here is an article, with video, about Fr. Nolan skiing while playing the bagpipes:


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