Today is the 240th birthday of our United States Marine Corps, birthed at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. The history of our Marine Corps is filled with impeccable names — Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon, SGM Dan Daly, Lt. Gen. John Lejeune, Private Robert Leckie, CPL Eugene “Sledge” Bondurant, CPL Ira Hamilton Hayes, GySgt John Basilone, Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, CPL Herschel “Woody” Williams (whose signed picture of receiving the MOH hangs in our home), COL John Glenn Jr., and of course GySGT R. Lee Ermey. And I have to send a shout out to LCPL Herman West Jr. my older Brother.
Please join us in wishing a happy 240th birthday (November 10, 2015) to the greatest fighting force in the world: The United States Marine Corps!
Special thanks to The Young Marines national youth organization, R. Lee Ermey, the producers of The Hornet's Nest and the Dept. of Defense. Semper Fi!
Posted by Madison Rising on Tuesday, November 3, 2015
From the taking of Derma Libya where they earned the name “Leathernecks” to Belleau Woods where the Germans called them “Devil Dogs” to today in Fallujah, Ramadi, and Helmand Province they have been there and stood as true “Guardians of our Republic.” They are the Few, the Proud, the Men and Women of the Scarlet and Gold — with whom I was blessed to spend a three-year joint assignment at Camp Lejeune from 1999 to 2002.“From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli they have fought our country’s battles in the air, on land, and sea. They have fought for right and freedom and to keep their honor clean. They have proudly claimed the title of United States Marines.”
So I just want to share the birthday message words from an incredible Marine, a mentor and a friend…COL Wayne “Lobo” Morris (USMC, Ret).Semper Fidelis y’all!
From Col. Morris:
As I’ve mentioned in previous Marine Corps birthday messages, each
and every Marine Corps birthday is special in one way or another. Again
this year, Marines are celebrating the Birth of our Corps around the Globe,
and for yet another year, some are celebrating our birthday standing fully
in harm’s way. These warriors remain in our thoughts and prayers 24/7!
Many of us have celebrated Marine Corps birthdays not only around the World,
but in vastly differing settings and situations. From grand ceremonies to
very small ones. In formal ballrooms to bunkers and fighting positions.
In blazing hot desert sands, steaming jungles, snowy grounds frozen nearly
solid. Truly then, “…in every clime and lace where we could take a gun!”
The birthday of our Corps is much more than the reading of General Lejeune’s
famed words, the annual Commandant’s message, birthday greetings from other
well-wishers, and of course, the cutting of a ceremonial birthday cake. Our
birthday is much more than all the combined tradition mentioned in the
foregoing. For those of us who have earned the Title of United States
Marine, it is an annual re-birth…a re-dedication to our Corps, our great
nation, and most importantly, our fellow Marines.
This year, and even more so than any time that I can remember during my 54
years of being a Marine, we are involved in a fight for our nation’s
life…quite possibly our very own lives! We must continue to stand firm in
the face of evil threats from abroad, and especially those from within. We
must continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and back-to-back with one
another in defense of our great nation because Hher good citizens expect
nothing less from Their Marines!
I have mentioned for several years, now, that I no longer believed we
could count on all those who reap the benefits of being considered
Americans. Given what many of us see coming upon us, and at least in my own
heart of hearts, I believe this to be true. That said, however, I am consoled
in knowing that there are still many out there we can rely upon and
who will be there when the chips are down. Leading that number, of course,
are THOSE OF YOU READING THIS MESSAGE!
Marines fear only our GOD, and no others!