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 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.

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By LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E.

Former USMC infantryman, proud father of a current USMC infantryman and two Princesses who know what that means. Currently an NRA law enforcement firearms instructor, radar instructor, CPR instructor, a few others but you get the point. Catholic, conservative, heterosexual, gun owner, anything I can do to piss off liberals.

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