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Happy 240th Marines!….”From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli…” November 10, 2015

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IwoJima240 years ago..on November 10th 1775…in a pub (go figure) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the Marines were born.  According to USMC Press.com..“On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned Samuel Nicholas to raise two Battalions of Marines. That very day, Nicholas set up shop in Tun Tavern. He appointed Robert Mullan, then the proprietor of the tavern, to the job of chief Marine Recruiter — serving, of course, from his place of business at Tun Tavern. Prospective recruits flocked to the tavern, lured by (1) cold beer and (2) the opportunity to serve in the new Corps of Marines. So, yes, the U.S. Marine Corps was indeed born in Tun Tavern. Needless to say, both the Marine Corps and the tavern thrived during this new relationship.”

From the “Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli..”…and to Baghdad and beyond, the US Marines have been ready and willing to lead the charge into battle to carry the flag of the United States!…Those who have had the luxury..or displeasure…of meeting US Marines have very strong opionions…here are some comments throughout history of my beloved Corps…

Eleanor Roosevelt said:

“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!”

And…Army General William Thornson said:

“There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.”

While there are many comments about US Marines…I would agree with these two…

To all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice…I will see you in Valhalla…Godspeed my brothers…

Semper Fi! and Happy 240th!….“Never above you…never below you..always beside you….”

Happy B-Day Marines (Both USMC and Royal Marines)… November 10, 2011

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On November 10th, the US Marine Corps will celebrate its 236th birthday. Founded in Philadelphia, PA at Tun Tavern on November 10th, 1775 the Continental Marines are the forefathers of our modern USMC.  Every year US Marines recognize the birthday with remembrance of our fallen brothers and the history of our beloved corps.

Since we have a number of Royal Marines in the industry, I thought it appropriate to wish our elder brethren a Happy B-Day, as well.  Although the Corps of Royal Marines can trace its lineage back to 1755, the origins of the RM go back to 26 October, 1664 making the RM 345 years old in 2011. (hopefully, my Marine math is right)

Both sets of Marines have distinguished themselves in battle. The US Marines started life during the Barbary Wars against the pirates of the Barbary Coast in the early 1800s.  This was the first time that the US Flag was ever planted on foreign soil.  The USMC count the Battle of Belleau Wood (WWI) as a defining moment and where they earned the title of Devil Dog from the Germans.  In WWII was the “Island Hopping” Campaign with Tarawa, Midway, and of course, Iwo Jima.  The USMC has continued to distinguish itself in all major and minor conflicts to include Vietnam, Grenada, Somalia, Iraq (twice), Afghanistan and others.

Our Royal Marine brothers have also distinguished themselves in battle on numerous fronts. In 1704 the British Royal Marines fought in the battle of Gibraltar. For their bravery and achievments they are commemorated by “Gibraltar” and it is the only battle honor worn on the Royal Marines badge and colors.  The 1800’s were busy for the RMs as they fought from Ashanti, to Navarino and the Crimean War in 1854.  WWI saw the RM fight in Gallipoli, win honors in Zeebrugge and fight in the trenches on the Western Front.  In 1942 the Royal Marine Commandos were formed and took part in the D Day landings.  In 1982 the RM fought in the Falklands, and of course have been active  and served with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other conflicts.

To to all the Marines- Happy Birthday.  Lets not forget our brothers who have been wounded and killed in the line of duty.  Lets drink a beer, have a toast but not forget the sacrifices of our fellow Marines.

With that being said, one of the more troubling aspects of countries in wartime is that of people claiming valor that they have not achieved.  I recently learned of a former friend who has stated for years that he was a Silver Star recipient from Afghanistan.  He has posted on his bio and in various other forums.  A quick call to the USMC Awards Division  in DC confirmed my suspicions.  The person had fabricated his bravery. and his award  If you come across someone who has ‘stolen valor’ by claiming awards they did not earn or being a POW or otherwise..I encourage you to visit the following website:  www.stolenvalor.com.  I have already reported this person and they are taking action.  If any of our UK or other readers have resources for other nations, please comment and I will include.  On that note, all US service members’ military records are available to the general public (in redacted format) under the Freedom of Information Act.  If you have a question about a service member’s service, please visit the following website.  It takes some time but the Archives will send you the record minus personal data.  www.foia.va.gov

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