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    PeterHuntRKC is offline Senior Member
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    Default Happy 234th Birthday, United States Marine Corps!

    "Our Corps, My Corps, the United States Marine Corps" - born 10 November 1775 (that's correct: 1775).

    Dear Comrades,

    This is not a song; for these three stanzas form a hymn . . .

    The Marine's Hymn

    From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the Shores of Tripoli;

    We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;

    First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;

    We are proud to claim the title
Of UNITED STATES MARINES.

    Our flag's unfurled to every breeze,
From dawn to setting sun;

    We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;

    In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;

    You will find us always on the job --
The UNITED STATES MARINES.

    Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;

    In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;

    If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;

    They will find the streets are guarded
By UNITED STATES MARINES.

    And now: honor to whom honor is due.

    Marine MajGen Smedley Butler
    Twice awarded the Medal of Honor, and Marine Corps Brevet Medal; received his commission as second lieutenent at the age of 16; authored this must-read: War is a Racket (new window).

    Would have given my eye teeth to have served with him.

    SSgt William Grant
    Served with the 1/1; humped the BAR on Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Okinawa; awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star (twice), and the Purple Heart (four times).

    My high school swimming coach. (And he has some compelling "screen doors.")

    LCpl William O'Neill Hunt
    Coincidentally served with the 1/1 (1960-1964); ruck on back and M-1 in hand when his battalion was given the order to "stand-down" during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He vividly recalls standing on the foredeck of a troop transport navigating through locks in the Panama Canal, when he and his comrades learned there would be no amphibious assault of Cuba. We were very close to the end of the world, comrades.

    My older brother.

    Sgt Alfredo Garcia
    KIA, near Hill 55, "Dodge City," Republic of Viet Nam

    My Platoon Sergeant, who, excepting my parents and God's grace, is the one factor in me being here, typing this: "Hunt, when in doubt, empty your magazines!"

    Cpl Eric Williams
    Reminding me that Marines are still tough enough.

    My RKC Team Leader (08-08).

    And to all who are Marines:
    there are only good days in the Corps, but the best day is our birthday!

    Semper Fidelis and HOO-RAH!
    Regards,
    Peter.

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    Jordan Vezina RKCTL is offline Senior Member
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    You beat me to it.

    Sgt. Steele
    Marine Force Recon/ Battalion Recon
    3 tours in Iraq to include the invasion and Battle of Fallujah. Last I checked on his way to Afghanistan. Took a little shrapnel in the face, but pulled it out himself instead of waiting for the corpsman and got jammed out of his purple heart. Helped me maintain my sanity during the 40th Task Force spin up by letting me copy all the music on his ipod and decimate him with kettlebell swings.

    Sgt. K
    Marines, Army SF. Tours in Iraq and killed an insurgent in hand to hand combat in an alleyway. Shot in the chest. Still... alive. Passed many a night in the guardhouse watching DVD's and talking about how much we hate being bodyguards.
    Last edited by Jordan Vezina RKCTL; 11-09-2009 at 09:18 PM.

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    jtsaint72 is offline Senior Member
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    Hopefully we can all personally thank at least one Marine for their service, sacrifice and courage in keep this great nation intact and safe from those who wish us harm. If we can't get to one in person, make sure to send good thoughts, vibes and prayers their way tomorrow...
    David R Bradley, RKC
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    -Dan Millman

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    sicklameandlazy is offline Senior Member
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    OORRAAHH!!

    1st Sgt. Kasal (Navy Cross recipient, Fallujah's "House of Hell" campaign). Entered a death house to retrieve Marines, absorbed granade blasts and fought h to h to evac his men. (Jordan mentioned him) Ahh...1st MarDiv.

    SSGT Dwyer CH53E crew chief killed in action while off-loading assault team. He was a former Di, 0311, and went to the Air Wing after his drill tour. His brother was killed in Beirut while serving at the Embassy, SSGT Dwyer held him as he passed.

    And of course; MGySgt Leland "Lou" Diamond, "the perfect Marine".--Commandant Vandegrift.

    Hearts, prayers, grunts and care packages to the ones standing-to this morning in every post and anyplace where Marines are needed.

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    Default Semper Fi

    Semper Fi from Iraq.

    "Of the Marines on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue" ~ Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Iwo Jima WWII

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    JeffC is offline Senior Member
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    A few weeks ago I was at the Marine Corps Museum near the Quantico Base. I've seen several military museums and this is one of the best. There are displays with minute details from the very founding of the USMC and through every major conflict. There is a very life like, and life size, display of a famous World War II landing scene in the main foyer of the musem. Finally, if you get the chance you must read "With the Old Breed: at Peleliu and Okinawa" by Eugene Sledge. There is a reason why it has 236 5 star reviews on Amazon. The Ken Burns documentary "The War" borrowed heavily from Sledge's memoirs of combat which are harrowing and wrenching.

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    Kai Johnson is offline Senior Member
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    Happy birthday USMC!

    I'm not a member of the military but have the highest regards for the sacrifices made in their service.

    Thank you!

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    jargrove is offline Junior Member
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    Semper Fi!!
    James

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    Pavel Tsatsouline Guest

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    Happy birthday, Comrades jarheads!

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    WxHerk is offline Senior Member
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    This proud Air Force member salutes each and every one of you. It is an honor to wear the same flag as you fine men and women.

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