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Thursday, November 10, 2005 


10 November 2005


On November 10th, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Continental Marines marking the birth of our United States Marine Corps. As Major General Lejeune’s message reminds us, the ensuing generations of Marines would come to signify all that is highest in warfighting excellence and military virtue. Each November as Marines the world over celebrate the birth of our Corps, we pay tribute to that long line of “Soldiers of the Sea” and the illustrious legacy they have handed down to us.

This past year has been one of continuous combat operations overseas and distinguished service here at home – a year of challenges that have brought out the very best in our Corps. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine courage and mastery of complex and chaotic environments have truly made a difference in the lives of millions. Marine compassion and flexibility provided humanitarian assistance to thousands in the wake of the South East Asian Tsunami, and here at home, Marines with AAVs, helicopters, and sometimes with their bare hands saved hundreds of our own fellow Americans in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Across the full spectrum of operations, you have showcased that Marines create stability in an unstable world, and have reinforced our Corps’ reputation for setting the standard of excellence.

The sense of honor, courage, and patriotism that epitomized those who answered that first call to arms 230 years ago is still indelibly imprinted on our ranks today. In commemorating our anniversary, let us strengthen our ties to the past by paying homage to those who have gone before us. As we honor the sacrifices of our wounded and fallen comrades, our commitment to one another remains unshakable. We take special pride in the actions of the Marines now serving in harm’s way, and rededicate ourselves to the service of our Nation and our Corps.

Happy Birthday Marines, Semper Fidelis, and Keep Attacking!

M. W. Hagee

General, U.S. Marine Corps

The Marines' 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

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every 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-

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

Two hundred and thirty years ago, in Tun Tavern located in Philidelphia. The Greatest Military unit in history was formed (maybe a little biased but look at the history). The United States Marine Corps was founded.

Beinig a Marine is nothing easy or simple. It means first you EARN the title. It is not handed out to just anyone. Secvondly it means doing more with far less then any one else could imagine. Being the first in and the last out. Never leaving a fellow Marine behind ... NEVER.

My gloriouse days in my beloved Marine Corps were far to few, but definately not forgetable. The best and proudest days in my otherwise mondane life. Marine Corps Artillery .... reach out and touch someone .... a little shake and bake baby.
The King of Battle. The 11th Marine Regiment.

Why is a Marines birthday so special? Simple being a MArine is the only title you will ever truely earn and no one can take it away from you. The birthday does not only celebrate another year of the Corps but of the brotherhood that is shared by all who have the club patch on thier cami's. What other branch of the services can say they have the club patch ? NONE.

With do or die attitudes
"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem."
- Attributed to Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of
us, they're behind us...they can't get away this time"

Esprire de Corps has never been better. On this wonderful day in November I say with the Marines a Happy Birthday, it is only fair as they are the reason you can celebrate yours in peace.


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