Happy Birthday Marines! Here’s to 240 Years

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I am proud to look fondly upon my time in my beloved Corps. There, I learned new things (including my passion for firearms) and was forged into the upstanding citizen that I am today. For this and many other reasons, I am proud of my time in the service and thank all those who served with me (and Miles too) for their sacrifice.

Since I have a public form, I am compelled to use it to say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to all Marines, past, present and future.

Thank you for kicking arse for the last 240 years. Here’s to 240 more!

10 November 2015

A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS

When the Continental Congress raised up the two battalions of Marines in 1775, it launched the greatest fighting force the world has ever known – a force revered globally for its uncommon valor, unparalleled adaptability, and ferocious tenacity. Over the past 240 years, the battlefields and equipment have changed, but the spirit of the United States Marine Corps has prevailed in every clime and place.

One hundred years ago, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island opened its doors as the first base dedicated solely to making Marines. Since then, hundreds of thousands of men and women have been forged into elite warriors at Parris Island, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and The Basic School in Quantico. Each recruit had a different reason for stepping onto the yellow footprints, but all are unified by the intangible traits that characterize United States Marines and the remarkable legacy that has carried on across generations.

Whether you served on the hallowed grounds of Belleau Wood, fought on the iconic island battlefields of World War II, navigated the harsh terrain and climate of the Chosin Reservoir or Vietnam, conducted assaults during Desert Storm, marched on Baghdad, fought in the close combat in Fallujah, or conducted combat operations in Afghanistan, everyone who wears the Eagle, Globe and Anchor is a member of the storied legacy.

As we celebrate the 240th birthday of our Corps, we pay tribute to all who have served and we remember our fallen heroes. We take great pride in our legacy and in the fine men and women who carry our colors into the future. And we extend heartfelt thanks to our families for their steadfast support.

Our 26th Commandant, General Louis Wilson, once said, “In the last analysis, what the Marine Corps becomes is what we make of it during our respective watches. And that watch of each Marine is not confined to the time he spends on active duty. It lasts as long as he is ‘proud to bear the title of United States Marine.’” Thank you all for guarding the legacy of our Corps during your watch.

Happy Birthday Marines!

Semper Fidelis,

Robert B. Neller

General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Griz

    Love the length of service for our few and proud. I appreciate the service of all our branches, but even my 11 year old wants to be a Marine.

  • Tom of Toms

    Time to bust out the M240 for a 87,600 rd. burst in celebration.

    • SP mclaughlin

      This.

  • USMC03Vet

    Get some, Devil Dogs!

    Oorah!

  • oldman

    To all Marines past and present thank you for your service and your sacrifices. SEMPER FIDELIS .

  • oldman

    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!
    Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945

  • Ben Wong

    I can honestly say joining the Marines is the best decision I have made in my life

  • An Airborne salute to the Marines on their birthday!

  • Cattoo

    Thanks Nathan! Happy Birthday to our Marine Corps. Thanks for your service. Semper Fi Devil Dog.

  • Zebra Dun

    Happy Birthday My Fellow Marines.
    I recall with pride all the Marines I served with, the Marines in my family, Brother, Son and two nephews.
    We share a fraternity that is beyond the understanding of anyone not a Marine.
    Semper Fidelis.

  • claymore

    Thanks to TFB for remembering us on our day. Sorry for the late reply time here meant I was out LAST night (the 10th here) celebrating. Must have had a good night but things are a bit hazy today.

  • John Bear Ross

    Semper Fi,

    Best,
    JBR, broke-down 0331

  • Realist

    Semper Fi…

    84′ – 90′

  • smartacus

    semper fidelis