Happy 237th Birthday Marines!
HISTORY & HERITAGE
From the naval actions of the Revolution to the mountains of Afghanistan, Marines have served valiantly in every one of our nation’s conflicts. For hundreds of years, Marines have fought, lived and died with honor, continuing the Marine Corps legacy of service to our nation. Every Marine, past and present, has earned their place within this proud culture of traditions, symbols and values.
Missions have changed over the years, but what has remained constant since November 10, 1775 is our unyielding commitment to protecting the lives of our citizens and the interests of our nation. Our purpose, by congressional mandate, is to be this nation’s rapid response force; we are thus called to be “most ready when the nation is least ready.” From humanitarian relief efforts to combat operations; from air, land and sea to every clime and place, the Marine Corps is ready to answer our nation’s call.
Ours is a legacy established by the Marines at Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Chosin Reservoir, but there is much more to our history than our successes in battle. From the first integration of African-Americans into our ranks to the first Marine female engagement teams deployed into Afghanistan, there are many moments that have defined our years, advanced our Corps and paved the way for future generations of Marines.
Since the founding of the Marine Corps at Philadelphia’s Tun Tavern in 1775, Marines have adapted to overcome the ever-evolving threats facing our nation and world. Journey into the history and legacy of the nation’s most revered expeditionary force.
Principles & Values
Throughout our proud history, the Marine Corps has filled its ranks only with those who held themselves to the highest of standards of character. Guiding every action, assisting every decision, these are the principles and values every Marine embraces.
Our emblem, our flag, our swords and our uniforms are symbols that represent our illustrious history and our elite warrior class. These symbols connect today’s Marines to the entire lineage of warriors who have earned their place among the Few.
On display for our entire nation, Marine bands, color guards and the Silent Drill Platoon exemplify the discipline, precision and skill required to serve as United States Marines. These traditions provide a great source of pride, but there are many more that also bond Marines to the warriors who came before them. From the nautical terms we use to the nicknames we’ve earn in battle, these are the traditions that represent our Corps with honor.
The Marines have been accused of being the strong-arm of the global bankster elite over the years and this may be true, no matter what political party is in the White House.
But it doesn’t detract from the sacrifice, integrity and bravery of the people who have made up the Corps over the centuries and I am proud to have been part of this Cadre of Professionals at one time.
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?
Semper Fi and Happy 232nd!