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.
Today is the 233rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps, an organization I was a part of from 1977 to 1984.
I was a 6112/6122, which in civilian speak is a helicopter/jet engine mechanic. Also I was an aircrewman for two years.
So to Marines past and present, Happy Birthday!
You may ask, “Why do you rant against the US government, don’t you believe in America, right or wrong?”
Aren’t all military vets required to think that, especially Marine veterans?
The short answer to the question is “NO!”
One of my personal heroes, a Marine veteran by the name of Smedley Butler, served the US Marines for many, many years, ending with the rank of Major General and was one of the most decorated Marines in the history of the Corps.
But it was in his post-Corps career that he made one of his most heroic stands. In his book, ‘War is a Racket‘, he exposes the nascent military-industrial-complex of his day for what it is.
A criminal organization:
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.” ( link )
The book wasn’t the only expose Butler did of the NWO, oh no. In 1934 Butler informed the US Congress that wealthy industrialists ( Prescott Bu$hco, anyone? ) were planning a military coup against President Franklin Roosevelt:
During the McCormack-Dickstein Committee hearings, Butler testified that through MacGuire and Bill Doyle, who was then the department commander of the American Legion in Massachusetts, the conspirators attempted to recruit him to lead a coup, promising him an army of 500,000 men for a march on Washington, D.C., $30 million in financial backing, and generous media spin control…
[…]Despite Butler’s support for Roosevelt in the election, and his reputation as a strong critic of capitalism, Butler said the plotters felt his good reputation and popularity were vital in attracting support amongst the general public, and saw him as easier to manipulate than others. ( read abstract here )
So was Butler a “traitor” against the industrialists who plotted to overthrow the government and put in a fascist regime?
Or was he a hero, even though he defended a President many claim today was part of the same NWO?
You see, the tag-team of ‘good cop, bad cop’ has been playing out for a century, as far as the US is concerned that is.
I don’t believe Butler was part of or aware of the NWO, other than the obvious MIC criminals he was ratting out.
And he was astute enough to recognise there was more happening behind the scenes than most Americans could even imagine at the time.
We need more heroes like that today.