“In ev’ry clime and place…” – Happy 245th Birthday UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!

Happy birthday to all Marines everywhere.

245th Cake Cutting Ceremony HERE

Commandant’s Birthday Message HERE

Parris Island Birthday Pageant HERE (historic uniforms)

There are quite a few birthday videos available.  Browse!

And take a look at the Commandant’s Reading list HERE or HERE (If you spy a title you want to check out, please circle back here and use my link to buy it – US HERE – UK HERE )

And the 2020 Navy’s Reading List HERE  (ditto)

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Semper Gumby says:

    Thank you Fr. Z, Pres. Trump and First Lady, and all for the greetings. Long may the U.S. flag and Marine Corps battle flag wave.

    The Marine Corps birthday cake is cut with a sword. It can be cut at a formal Ball by the oldest and youngest Marines wearing dress blues. The birthday cake can also be some sort of cake removed from an MRE pouch by scruffy Marines smoking Marlboros and cut with a bayonet.

    As one of the lads, not too long out of high school, observed once overseas: “One of life’s lessons is knowing when to use a sword or bayonet.” Good point.

    A brief note about the Marine Corps and Navy reading lists. They vary from theory to first-person accounts and by writing style and perspective for a reason. Have a look-see.

    I thought I’d mention “Echo in Ramadi” by Scott Huesing; “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink; “Known and Unknown: A Memoir” by Donald Rumsfeld (the point here is not politics, the point to this recommendation is its insight into DoD operating and adapting under pressure from 9/11 to Afghanistan to Iraq and elsewhere); and, highly recommended by Adm. Nimitz: “Brave Ship, Brave Men” by Arnold Lott detailing the remarkable battle of the USS Aaron Ward, a picket ship near Okinawa in 1945, against kamikazes.

    God bless all on this the 245th Birthday of the Marine Corps.

  2. Semper Gumby says:

    Ah yes, Happy 245th Birthday to Marine Kyle Carpenter MOH (Afghanistan 2010) and proud owner of the glorious Instagram handle “chiksdigscars”. Semper Fidelis.

  3. AA Cunningham says:

    If the army and the navy

    ever look on Heaven’s scenes;

    They will find the streets are guarded

    by United States Marines

    A Happy 245th and Semper Fidelis to former [?] Marines Rev. James W. Jackson FSSP and Father Daniel Nolan FSSP.

    [Maybe not as lean, maybe not as mean, always a Marine.]

  4. L. says:

    In deference to the Most Wonderful President Evah™ (No Scandals!) do we have to pronounce this Marine “Corpse?”

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    AA Cunningham: Sterling comment.

    Here is a veteran-themed work of art now in the National Gallery. Painted by, I think, the obscure early Renaissance artist Poso.

    *pulls pipe out of tweed jacket and points at painting with the stem*

    The vibrant clarity of the ladies’ features certainly influenced Raphael, their zest for life enhanced by a subtle determination to communicate the Zeitgeist. Poso transfers a tone poem onto canvas, the virtuoso display of chiarascuro hints well before its time at the film noir interplay of raw emotion and subtle menace. A masterpiece.


    *steps back, squints*

    Nope. Couldn’t be more wrong. This was painted by a drunken sailor on shore leave. Excellent.

  6. mburduck says:

    I am a proud member of The Parris Island Living History Detachment. We regularly instruct recruits, Drill Instructors, and Officers on Marine history and also participate in the “hike” at the end of The Crucible (wearing period uniforms and equipment and carrying period weapons). [YUT]

    Thank you for posting this birthday tribute, Father. Semper Fi!

  7. mburduck says:

    Semper Fi!

  8. Veronica scriptor velum says:

    Great comments.

    God bless and protect all Marines… and young Greg, a proud Marine and one of my 11 nephews. A lovely young man, both inside and out

  9. Semper Gumby says:

    mburduck: Outstanding. Semper Fi.

    (It’s a little known fact that Parris Island, like Ile de la Cite, is known for its fine dining and marches.)

    Veronica scriptor velum: Thank you, Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children often require divine assistance. God bless your nephew, if he flavors his coffee with napalm please don’t hold that against him.

  10. mburduck says:

    Indeed, Semper Gumby. I can see the lovely approach to “DI Bridge” now….

    I DO enjoy The Warriors’ Breakfast after the EGA Ceremony, though. The chow ain’t that bad after being up since zero-dark thirty….

    By the way, my area of “specialty” is WWI. I love to wear “the wools” in cool weather….

    Semper Fi!

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