Daily Archives: November 10th, 2007

Happy Birthday Marines!

I would like to wish a Happy 232nd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps and a hearty Semper Fidelis to all my current and former Marine brethren!

The Marine Corps was formed on this date November 10, 1775 as the Continental Marines to serve as naval infantry before and during the Revolutionary War.

The Marines still serve as an amphibious assault force, even though they’ve been “swimming” in the desert sands for the past four to five years.

My own service was from 1977 to 1981 and 1982 to 1984. I served on an LPH and an LHA (amphibious assault ships), one East Coast base, one West Coast base and Okinawa, Japan. My MOS was helicopter/ jet engine mechanic. Yeah, I was a scumbag air-winger to you current and former grunts out there!

In these days of divisive politics and politicians spreading propaganda through bought and paid for tv pundits, one must remember these words of wisdom from Major General Smedley Butler’s book War is a Racket;

“We must take the profit out of war.
  We must permit the youth…, who would  bear arms, to decide whether or not there should be war.
 We must limit our military to defense purposes…”

Odd that a man who committed 33 years of his life to the military would say such a thing about the nation he served so well. And this was said back in 1935!

But who would you believe more, an individual who put his/her life on the line 24/7/365?

Or someone who got five deferments?

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Semper Fi and Happy 232nd!

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/10_step_plan_for_antiwar_activists.vp.html

http://coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/53/butler.html