Happy Birthday USMC, 10 Nov 1775

Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 by Travis Cody in

Frivolity can be found below this post.

The United States Marine Corps was established 10 November 1775 as the Continental Marines to provided infantry support to the Navy. Today, USMC stands as our amphibious force-in-readiness capable of rapid deployment as first responders to international incidents. As of Oct 2009, there are currently 203,000 active duty Marines, with another 40,000 in the reserves.

Marines have seen action in the Revolutionary War, Quasi-War, Barbary Wars, Ware of 1812, Seminole Wars, Mexican-American War, American Civil War, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, Boxer Rebellion, Banana Wars, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War I, Kosovo War, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 234 years of history, Marines have been decorated by the governments of France, the Philippines, Korea, and Vietnam. Marines have been awarded nearly 300 Medals of Honor and scores of other decorations for valor in action.

The current Commandant of the Corps is General James T Conway. The Assistant Commandant is General James F Amos. Sergeant Major of the Corps is SgtMaj Carlton W Kent.

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 Marine.

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.

Today, cake-cutting ceremonies will be held in honor of the Corps' birthday. The first piece of cake goes to the oldest Marine present, who will hand it off to the youngest. Then, Marine Corps Order 47 will be read. This is Commandant Lejeune's Birthday Message:

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name "Marine". In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term "Marine" has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.

If you have a chance, please cruise by Castra Praetoria and wish 1stSgt Mike Burke and his Ninjas a Happy Birthday for their Corps.

Oooo-rah! Semper Fi.


  1. Kimmie says:

    A very nice post honoring the Birthday of the United States Marines.

    God Bless them all!

  1. Anndi says:

    I knew this post would be awesome. Gosh, you would have been a fine Marine.

    Much love, bro... much love.

    Pssst... I have CAKE!!!

  1. I don't think I ever had what it took to be a marine.

  1. Bond says:

    A wonderful tribute Travis

    May every Marine find themselves safe on this day.

  1. Jamie says:

    Birthday greetings delivered and now on to the fun stuff.

  1. Travis says:

    Kimmie: Marines are special.

    Nessa: Thanks!

    Ann: We'll never know.

    Charles: I like to think I did. I wanted to try.

    V: Well said.

    Jamie: Let's hear it for the frivolity!

  1. I knew this post was coming. You did them proud. It is time to eat cake now, Trav.

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    Happy Birthday USMC and (early) happy Veteran's day! :o)

  1. Linda says:

    Even though I was Air Force through and through - a bit salute to the Marines!

    One of my first dates in high school was with a Marine, a story that I should tell on my blog one of these days! It was my first - and last - date with a Marine but it was memorable!