237 Years

That’s how long my beloved Corps has served our republic. From the days when they wore forest green tunics and marched beneath the Gadsen flag, to today when they wear digital MarPat and serve as our nation’s expeditionary force in readiness, they have remained true to their core principles, the warrior ethos, and the motto Semper Fidelis.

Tonight I will have the distinct honor to attend the Birthday Ball as a guest of the South Florida Wounded Warriors Regiment. I have celebrated the birthday under many better times, and some worse, but this birthday will offer an opportunity to recharge my soul among my brothers. In the end that is what the day, and the brotherhood, is all about.

To all my fellow Leathernecks, happy birthday, fair winds and following seas.

Semper Fidelis


I would be remiss in not listing the campaigns which my Corps has served., especially after watching the tribute video from Go Daddy.com that Nealinnevada pointed out.

War of the Revolution 1775-1783

French Naval War 1798-1801

War with Tripoli 1801-1805

War of 1812

Battle of Twelve Mile Swamp, Florida September 11, 1812

Battle of Quallah Batoo Sumatra, February 6, 1832

Florida Indian War 1835-1842

Mexican War 1846-1847

Battler of Shanghai April 4, 1854

Battle of Ty-Ho Bay China August 4, 1855

Battle of the Barrier Forts China November 16-22, 1856

Battle of Waya Fiji Islands October 6, 1858

American Civil War 1861-1865

USS Wyoming vs Three Japanese Ships and Shore Battle July 16,1863

Battle of the Salee River Forts Korea June 10-11, 1871

War With Spain 1898

Philippine Insurrection 1898-1902

Battle of Tagali Samoa April 1, 1899

China Relief Expedition/Boxer Rebellion 1900

Nicaraguan Campaign 1912

Capture of Vera Cruz Mexico April 21-22 1914

Occupation of Haiti 1915-1934

Occupation of Dominican Republic 1916-1924

World War I 1917-1918

Occupation of Nicaragua 1927-1933

World War II 1941-1945

Korean War 1950-1953

Lebanon July 15 – September 30, 1958

Landing in Thailand May 16 – August 10, 1962

Cuban Missile Crisis October 24 – December 31, 1962

Dominican Republic 1965-1966

Vietnam War 1962-1973

Operation Eagle Pull Cambodia April 1975

Operation Frequent Wind South Vietnam April 1975

Mayaguez Rescue Operation Cambodia May 1975

Iranian Hostage Rescue Attempt April 1980

Grenada October 1983

Lebanon 1982-1984

Operation Praying Mantis April 1988

Liberian Evacuation 1990

Desert Shield and Desert Storm 1990-1991

Kurdish Security Zone 1991 – Present

Bosnian Peacekeeping 1991 – Present

Somalia 1992-1993

Haiti 1992-1996

Rwanda Evacuation April 1994

Somalia Evacuation 1995

Kosovo 1999

Afghanistan 2001 – Present

Iraq 2003-2011

Haiti 2004 – Present

I should note that this is not an all inclusive list.

I’ll leave you with a little moto video.


  1. 1
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Happy Birthday and here’s to many, many more Jarhead

  2. 2
    Cortillaen growls and barks:

    Happy birthday and a hearty oorah!

  3. 3
    LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret growls and barks:

    Happy Birthday to the Corps (which my father was a proud part of), fair winds, and Semper Fi!

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    nealinnevada growls and barks:

    Happy Birthday Mother Green! If you go here, there is a tribute to the Corps on its 237th birthday and if you donate to the Semper Fi Fund while there, they match your donation. I’ll match the first $50 donated by Rotties. That would triple the donation to a great group which uses over 94% of donations to directly help injured heroes.

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    LC SecondMouse growls and barks:

    On this occasion, it is appropriate to remember a few of the greatest things ever said by or about the USMC (you all may have others):

    “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” – President Ronald Reagan, 1985

    “Come on, you sons of bitches – do you want to live forever?” – Attributed to Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, USMC, Belleau Wood, June 1918. (The occasion for which earned the Marines the label of Teufelhunde (Devil Dogs) from the German Army)

    “Take me to the Brig. I want to see the real Marines.” – Major General Chesty Puller, USMC – while on a Battalion inspection. (Regarded by many as one of if not the greatest Marine to have ever lived)

    “There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and those who have met them in battle. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.” – Unknown (I don’t have this attribution – someone else may)

    Congratulations Marines, on 237 years of unmatched service to mission and country.

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    Flounder growls and barks:

    It is my pleasure to wish the USMC a happy 237th birthday.

    From a former Navy man (please don’t hold it against me).

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Ffity bucks Neal….#4…..I have saved the e-mail if any one wants verification. Maybe send it to Misha.
    Happy Birthday, Grunts!
    From a former squid.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Misha…Crunch…an e-mail has been sent to you guys. Cave

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    BigDogg growls and barks:

    Let us raise a toast to the absolute finest corps of ass-kickers this world has ever known – Happy Birthday, Devil Dogs!

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    nealinnevada @ #:
    Donation made, thanks for the link Neal.

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    Rain growls and barks:

    Happy birthday to all devildogs out there, and MANY more!

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    bruce growls and barks:

    happy birthday jarheads and all your history but i served in the 101st airborne during tet 1968.we have no history but we did have rondevu with history.1944 to 2012.this comander in thief is not worthy of the corp.

  13. 13
    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Happy Birthday, Devil Dogs!! Here’s to 237 more! /salute

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    Orion growls and barks:

    Happy Birthday Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children!

    For your enjoyment, I offer a joke that I would share with MAG 26 when we shared hangar space…

    Some time after the US Army came up with our Army Strong! slogan, the other branches of the service decided that they too wanted a single-word slogan that summed up their branch. The assembled Joint Chiefs got together and finally decided.

    Navy Admiral Smith smiled and said “Navy NICE!”

    After a few moments, Air Force General Johnson leaned back and said “Air Force SMART!”

    Finally, Marine General Lazarus shifted his cigar to the other side of his mouth and spat out “Marines – BETTER.”




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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    Flounder says:

    It is my pleasure to wish the USMC a happy 237th birthday.

    From a former Navy man (please don’t hold it against me).

    Navy here also, Flounder – we gave ’em a ride and they did the dirty work.

    Happy Birthday, USMC.

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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    bruce says:

    … snip

    This comander in thief is not worthy of the Corp.

    … snip

    Agreed – not fit to live in a latrine.

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    nealinnevada says:

    I’ll match the first $50 donated by Rotties.

    LC HJ Caveman82952 says:

    Ffity bucks Neal….#4…..I have saved the e-mail if any one wants verification.

    Seen it, time to match Neal. And thanks for throwing that up, was around $400,00 or so when I donated. Good money for a good cause.

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    From a retired wingnut, Semper Fi! Discuss the OATH at the dinner.

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    Zoomiemaster growls and barks:

    Marine Corps….happy birthday from a respectful Zoomie. I’ve just spent three years in an embassy with some hard-ass Marines providing security, and my nine year old daughter is still in love with one of the Marines that left more than a year ago. Breaking hearts and heads for over two centuries, keep it up you rough and dirty bastards!

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    Gunbunny growls and barks:

    SEMPER FI, Crunchie! And happy birthday, brother.

    Next time you’re up around the Socialist Republic of Ohio, don’t forget to give me a holler.

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    Mike M growls and barks:

    FrankOK says…

    …we gave ‘em a ride and they did the dirty work

    Not to mention providing us with doctors, dentists, chaplains and every Marine’s hero, corpsmen. I can take being called “Jarhead” by the likes of you folks anytime. It’s a lot more palatable than being called a “cold blooded murderer” by some scum who was allegedly one of our own.

    Happy birthday, Marines!

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    You guys are the best, Crunch, it’s that simple. You took every shitty job and got it done. I just think of a proud, young Marine named Joshua…., we used to suck suds, just talk of what we would do when we got out, he never got his Chevy truck, but he saw to it I got my Ford…thanks to guys like him.
    And the rest of you……
    So if you wonder why, you have your answer……

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Happy Birthday, Jarheads, and SEMPER FI!

  24. 24
    LC Guy S growls and barks:

    From this ol’ retired Squid (from the airdale side of the house) ” Semper Fi! Marines!!!”

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    rickn8or growls and barks:

    Flounder, you got that right. Another squid (airdale type) that points and laughs becuase WE got U.S. Marines and everybody else has to get by with a half-assed wannabe impersonation.


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    rickn8or growls and barks:

    Guy S.– Legend has it that the first one in line at Tun Tavern handed the goose-quill to the second signer and remarked, “Ya know, things were DIFFERENT in the old Corps!”

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    Special Ed growls and barks:

    Squids, Wingnuts, whatever. From an old Dogface, there’s reason the US Marines is always capitalized. Keep up the incredibly good work, Devil Dogs! (Yes, even you, Gunny Washington, you magnificent bastard!)

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    Cortillaen growls and barks:

    Just noticed something interesting: Take a look at Bing’s frontpage today. For comparison purposes, you might also glance at Google’s.

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    nealinnevada growls and barks:

    LC HJ Caveman82952 @ #:

    Your word is your bond! Fifty bucks just sent via the GoDaddy link…We just turned your $50 Caveman into $200!!! Thanks everyone for helping the Semper Fi Fund :em01: …it is so appreciated.

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    nealinnevada growls and barks:

    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. @ #:

    Thank you Crunchie, and that is for much more than your generous contribution!

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    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    A day late, but still, I hope that they had a great Birthday !!