10 NOVEMBER 1775

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On behalf of Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway and the men and women of the United States Marine Corps I would like to take a moment of your time and say that today is the 234 anniversary of the founding of the finest most lethal combat force that the world has ever witnessed, the United States Marine Corps

On 10 November 1775 two battalions of Continental Marines were formed under the command of Captain Samuel Nicolas with the simple job description of “naval infantry”.

Since that fateful day United States Marines have fought in every major, minor and unknown conflict of the Untied States of America, We fight on the ground, in the air, from beaches to mountaintops from deserts to jungles. We are America’s 911.

Please take a moment to if you please and read the Commandant’s 2009 Marine Corps birthday memo. The Commandant’s message says things better then I ever could.

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE – 10 NOVEMBER 2009

Date Signed: 10/5/2009
ALMAR Active Number: 033/09

R 051329Z OCT 09
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 033/09
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE – 10 NOVEMBER 2009//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/

1. UNITED STATES MARINES REPRESENT THE BEST YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OUR NATION HAS TO OFFER. TO BE A MARINE IS TO BE A MEMBER OF AMERICA’S WARRIOR CLASS – TO BE ONE OF THE FEW WHO STEPS FORWARD WITH THE COURAGE AND CONVICTION TO FACE WHATEVER DANGERS AWAIT. OUR NATION EXPECTS HER MARINES TO BE READY WHEN THE NATION CALLS; TO LEAVE FAMILY AND THE COMFORTS OF HOME BEHIND; TO MARCH INTO BATTLE AND THRIVE UNDER AUSTERITY; AND TO COME HOME UNDER A VICTORY PENNANT.

2. FROM AL ANBAR IN THE WEST OF IRAQ, TO HELMAND PROVINCE IN THE SOUTH OF AFGHANISTAN, OUR CORPS OF MARINES CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO BE FOUND WHERE THE FIGHT IS TOUGHEST. SUCH IS OUR HISTORY. TODAY, AS WE WRITE THE FINAL CHAPTER ON OUR VICTORY IN IRAQ, WE WILL INCREASINGLY TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY IN AFGHANISTAN AND ADD NEW PAGES TO OUR LEGACY IN PLACES CALLED DELARAM, NOW ZAD, AND GARMSIR. ONE DAY, WE WILL RETURN TO OUR NAVAL HERITAGE AND PATROL THE HIGH SEAS WITH OUR NAVY BROTHERS. SUCH IS OUR FUTURE.

3. AS WE CELEBRATE OUR CORPS’ 234TH BIRTHDAY, WE FIRST PAUSE TO REFLECT AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE MARINES WHO HAVE GIVEN THE LAST FULL MEASURE IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO OUR MARINE CORPS FAMILIES – THE UNSUNG HEROES WHO ENDURE HARDSHIP AND SACRIFICE SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GO FORWARD AND ACCOMPLISH ANY MISSION. WE EXTEND OUR APPRECIATION TO OUR COUNTRYMEN WHO HAVE ANSWERED OUR EVERY NEED. AND WE CELEBRATE THE MAGNIFICENT MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILLINGLY AND SELFLESSLY CONTINUE TO GO INTO HARM’S WAY TO PROTECT THIS GREAT NATION.

4. TO ALL WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE, TO THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM TODAY, AND TO THE FAMILIES THAT GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO FORGE AHEAD – I WISH YOU ALL A HEARTFELT HAPPY 234TH BIRTHDAY!

5. SEMPER FIDELIS! JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS//

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9 responses to “10 NOVEMBER 1775”

  1. Jarv says :

    Not to mention it’s November the 11th tomorrow.

    These things should be remembered.

  2. xiphos0311 says :

    I certainantly will not forget the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

  3. Bartleby says :

    Happy Birthday Marines!

  4. lord bronco says :

    Semper Fidelus!!! You know-of course they are having the worlwide midnight release of Call of duty:Modern Warfare this morning-seems kind of appropo! and happy Pre-Veterans Day.

  5. lord bronco says :

    Also-i can’t think of a better way to celebrate Nov. 11th than to know you are headed *back* from another successful deployment-congratulations again, Xi

  6. ThereWolf says :

    Amen. Happy 234th Birthday, Marines!

    Looking good for your age…

  7. xiphos0311 says :

    Yeah Wolf we’re still shapely, its the pilates

  8. lord bronco says :

    Heya Xi-here’s a dopey video for you and your guys in your unit-Goatmills Brutal, death metal cover of “On a Boat”

    Peace!

  9. Tom_Bando says :

    Was just finishing up a bio on ‘Young Stalin’—speaking of Marines and fighting etc. What a massive CF Russia turned out to be for some decades afterwards eh? Nov. 11th. A date that we should Not forget.

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