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Happy Birthday Marines

On 10 Nov 2005 the United States Marine Corps will celebrate its 230th Birthday.
For the active and former Marines who cannot attend a cake cutting ceremony or Birthday Ball, General Lejuene’s address is posted below.

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of it’s existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the nations foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne. Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.

Long live the United States and success to the Corps.

Semper Fidelis

Great Post!

Semper Fi

You beat me to it, I was planning on posting Gen Lejeune’s message tomorrow! It’s all good. Happy Birthday to all the Marines here, Semper Fi, OOH-RAH!

Hall, J.R.

I’ll just post the Commandant’s Message…


This year we celebrate the 230th anniversary of the founding of our Corps. As always, it is an occasion for remembrance, proud traditions, and joyful camaraderie. The events of the past year have called for great sacrifices from many Marines and their families. While the Global War on Terrorism will continue to demand the best from each of us, it is important that we join with our fellow Marines, families and friends to celebrate our Corps’ special culture and unique warrior ethos.

This past year, Marines demonstrated once again that they are the most important entity on any battlefield. Lethal weapons and advanced technologies provide us unique advantages, but educated warriors ultimately determine victory in combat not machines. During Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, our small unit leaders’ skills, adaptability and flexibility produced victory on uncertain and at times chaotic battlefields. We proved once again the power of integrated ground-air-logistics teams as well as the importance of every Marine being first and foremost a rifleman.

Our special spirit is evident not only in battle; it is evident in the faithful performance of demanding duties by countless Marines at home and abroad. Every Marine makes a vital contribution to the ability of our Corps to project and sustain credible combat power. Moreover, the willingness and readiness of all Marines to accept and accomplish any mission is central to our success and a hallmark of our warrior ethos.
The culture that defines the Marine Corps is nurtured by our traditions. In celebrating our heritage, we strengthen the linkages to a glorious history and recommit ourselves to upholding the standards and values given to us by past generations.

In commemorating our 228th anniversary, remain true to the spirit of the occasion. Reflect on our fallen with deep respect, observe our traditions with justifiable pride, take care of one another, and of course, celebrate those special bonds that exist among United States Marines.

Happy Birthday Marines, Semper Fidelis, and keep attacking!

M. W. Hagee
General, U.S. Marine Corps

Definitely great posts by all! Ooh-rah and Semper Fi.

OOH-RAH! DevilDogs

Happy Birthday to all Marines past and present.


Well, we might as well continue with the rest of our traditions, who’s the oldest and youngest Marines here, so we can cut up the e-cake for them tomorrow??

32 years old.

Semper Fi! Ooohhh Rrraaahh!

Happy Birthday to the Corp!

Semper Fi Devil Dogs-


31 years young

I’m 24, I can’t be the youngest one here, some on Leatherneck, shock troop, teufelhundens!

27 years old here

  1. Happy birthday boys.


Age = 45

Semper Fi

“And always remember this… Marines die. That’s what we’re here for. But The Marine Corps lives forever. And that means you live forever.”

Semper Fi…


Semper Fi

Semper Fi,
Once a Marine, always a Marine, I just wear a soldier’s clothes now.

I had the privilage of attending the 2/5 Ball in Vegas two weeks ago with all of the guys I went to war with. I had a Ball in Hawaii and in Guam and this one was by far the best. Fucking moto.

Semper Fi