Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps

Happy Birthday to my beloved Marine Corps. The Marine Corps was started in 1775 and has a long standing tradition of honor. Once you claim the title of Marine, you are a Marine for life and every Marine before you and after you, is your brother or sister.

During Bootcamp, every recruit is expected to learn the practical knowledge of the Marine Corps from past to present. Among this knowledge, is every Marine’s general orders.

General Orders:

1. Take charge of this post and all government property in view.

2. Walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

3. Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

4. To repeat all calls [from posts] more distant from the guardhouse than my own.

5. Quit my post only when properly relieved.

6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Officer of the Day, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers of the guard only.

7. Talk to no one except in the line of duty.

8. Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

9. To call the Corporal of the Guard in any case not covered by instructions.

10. Salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.

11. Be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority

U.S. Marine Corps Hymn:

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev’ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job–
The United States Marines.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

Oath Of A U.S. Marine

ENLISTED: I (state your name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Officer: I (state your name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Happy Birthday and Semper Fi Brothers and Sisters!

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8 Responses to Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps

  1. BTW, That is my actual pic from 20 years ago. There was also a joke about the unwritten 12th general order.

    “To walk my post from flank to flank and take no sh*t from any rank”

  2. Ginny Cotts says:

    Another Birthday! The Marines do make us proud!

    Thanks to all who have served this country with unfailing commitment.

  3. Javelin says:

    Not to make light of it but I noticed that even thought the enlisted Marines state that ” I will obey the orders of the President of the United States” it isn’t in the Officer’s Oath. Is this done on purpose? Are they saying that officers who “know better” can ignore the president? I know better, it is just sort of funny in these trying times to me 😉

  4. Javelin says:

    Here’s a tribute to a fallen Marine http://www.3rdrecon.org/Billy.htm

    I know that there are so many who paid the ultimate sacrifice, but even though I never knew him or his family I have watched how his squad has honored him over the last few years. It’s true that Marines never leave their dead, even their memory.

  5. Ginny Cotts says:

    A very beautiful memorial, Javelin, thanks.

  6. Donnie

    Did we get a cake big enough for me, Dotti J and the Marine Corps? Dotti and I are a couple of lucky gals we get to share our day with the Marines. Next year I think you should escort both Dotti and I to the marine Corps Ball. 😉

  7. Donnie, don’t know if you’ve heard yet but the Marine Corps also received a birthday present today for one of their fallen comrades.

    Today President Bush announced that the Medal of Honor will be awarded posthumously to Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham. He was the first Marine since Vietnam to receive the Medal of Honor and only the second awarded so far from service in Iraq.
    In April 2004, Dunham was leading a patrol in an Iraqi town near the Syrian border when the patrol stopped a convoy of cars leaving the scene of an attack on a Marine convoy, according to military and media accounts of the action.

    An occupant of one of the cars attacked Dunham and the two fought hand to hand. As they fought, Dunham yelled to fellow Marines, “No, no watch his hand.” The attacker then dropped a grenade and Dunham hurled himself on top of it, using his helmet to try to blunt the force of the blast.

    Still, Dunham was critically wounded in the explosion and died eight days later at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

    “His was a selfless act of courage to save his fellow Marines,” Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Huff of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, was quoted as saying in Marine Corps News that April.

    “He knew what he was doing,” Lance Cpl. Jason A. Sanders, 21, of McAllester, Oklahoma, who was in Dunham’s company, was quoted as saying by Marine Corps News. “He wanted to save Marines’ lives from that grenade.”

    In various media accounts, fellow Marines told how Dunham had extended his enlistment shortly before he died so he could help his comrades.

    “We told him he was crazy for coming out here,” Lance Cpl. Mark E. Dean, 22, from Owasso, Oklahoma, said in Marine Corps News. “He decided to come out here and fight with us. All he wanted was to make sure his boys made it back home.”

    The Scio, New York, native would have been 25 years old on Friday.

    In a letter urging Bush to honor Dunham with the Medal of Honor, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, called the Marine’s actions “an act of unbelievable bravery and selflessness.”

    Dunham’s story was told in the book “The Gift of Valor,” written by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Phillips.

    Dunham will be the second American to receive the Medal of Honor from service in Iraq.


  8. battlebob says:

    I found this gem on MichiganLiberal.com.
    I think it speaks for all of us.
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    I always get a lump in my throat when I stand up to sing the Star Spangled Banner, but it often seems as if I’m the only one. The daughter and granddaughter of several of America’s heroes, I believe that to have given all or a part of your life to our country and what it stands for is truly one of the most selfless acts, ever.

    My dad is a Vietnam Veteran, and I will never know exactly what he suffered, or how wet a monsoon really is, or how terrifying the jungles appear at night. I couldn’t tell you what it’s like to spend months and years knowing that it could all be over in a flash, sometimes only because you fly a different flag than the guy at the other end of the gun. I don’t know what it’s like to return to a country only a year or two older than when you left but be aged beyond words. But our heroes can – and those who serve even now, will return with their own age spots, both emotional and physical.

    On this Veterans Day, I am sad to see how little respect our veterans have been given by the press, by our government, and by the people in general. Just with those who have lost their lives in the last 6 years, it seems as if we’ve swept our heroes under the rug of our daily lives. Now grown men and women have to be told to take their hat off while our anthem plays, and too many still don’t know all the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. I’m tired of patriotism being played as a campaign card when it’s fashionable, and forgotten when it matters most. Our vets are our heroes, those who stand among us with scars that will always linger, and too often, those who are left behind us as we go forward. These men and women deserve so much more than the societal breadcrumbs we throw them when the media spotlight needs a new poster boy or girl.

    So how do we honor our veterans and fallen heroes? I think of my dad, and my grandfathers, and I know that the greatest form of respect we can give them is to never, ever forget – what they’ve given, what they endure to this day, and the battle that they face even now, on our own soil, through finances, education, and healthcare. Perhaps we all need to stand as a state and a country, remove our hats, and swallow the collective lump that should form in all of our throats. Wipe the tear that forms in the corner of our eye, and turn to salute our veterans, our heroes. Contrary to what many may think, they are what keeps us great, not the other way around.