239th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

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What does the celebration mean to Marines across the globe?  To General John Lejeune it meant a great deal.  On 1 November 1921, he issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921, which provided a summary of the history, mission and traditions of the Corps and directed that the order be read to every command each subsequent year on 10 November.

To see 29 facts you may not know about Marines – check out the USO blog HERE!!!

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At the Marine Corps Ball, one key piece of the ceremony is to present the first piece of cake to the oldest Marine in the room, who in turn gives the next to the junior Marine.  This symbolic gesture is the passing of experience and knowledge from the veteran to the recruit.  We should all emulate their example and take part in history.

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To all those who are able – Enjoy the fruits of your labor and revel in the spectacle and unabashed camaraderie that is the U.S. Marine Corps!!

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (R) w/ Capt. Greg Youngberg, of Boynton Bch, FL; Aviator of the Year for USMC

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (R) w/ Capt. Greg Youngberg, of Boynton Bch, FL; Aviator of the Year for USMC

2014 Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps

2014 Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Somebody catch that guy and give him a piece of cake!!

Somebody catch that guy and give him a piece of cake!!

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FAREWELL SALUTES – 

John Ault – Winthrop, ME; USMC, WWII, USS San Jacintowpid-f3eab693b4ebd9ede79db7547238b0ad

John Baird – Des Moines, IA; USMC, MSgt. (Ret. 22 years), Korea & 2 tours Vietnam

Theodore DiMaria – Kingston, MA; USMC, WWII, PTO

Edwin Hyjek – Manchester, CT; USMC, WWII

James J. O’Leary – Mission Viejo, CA; USMC, MGSgt, WWII,Korea & Vietnam

Maria Richard – Metairie, LA; USMC, Gunnery Sgt. (Ret. 24 years), Purple Heart

Edward Rogers – Long Island, NY & Palm Bch, FL; USMC, WWII, Purple Heart

Edward “Lipps” Ross, Sr. – Baltimore, MD; USMC, SSgt., Vietnam

Michael Sadlo – Pompano Beach, FL; USMC, Pfc

Edna Smith – Las Vegas, NV; Civilian employee, USMC Air Station, El Toro, Korea

Jared Spickelmier – Boise, ID; USMC, Sgt, Iraq, helicopter crew chief

Christopher Wren Jr. – Kennesaw, GA; USMC, First Lt., Korea

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 10, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 65 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    My apologies for being so late sending this around.

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  2. Thanks for noticing my blog. Did you notice the US Marines flag in the photo of Old St Paul’s (Wellington, New Zealand) in my ‘Wellington as capital city’ post? Hidden behind it is a 1942 US flag – these were left by departing US marines after WW2. This website has more about the US Marines/NZ connection: http://marinenz.com/

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  3. A much belated, we’re so sorry – Happy Birthday, USMC!!
    This is a great tribute, GPCox, well done!
    Lots of love from Norfolk, UK,
    Dina & Klausbernd, Siri & Selma

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  4. I loved the idea of sensitivity training.

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  5. This is a great tribute. I love the pictures. 🙂

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  6. Semper Fidelis.
    Good night Chesty, where-ever you are.

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  7. A great tradition, the symbolic passing of the cake.
    The Marines have got a lot of history to be proud of.
    Ian

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  8. USMC a truly remarkable group of people.

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  9. On the 3rd July 2008 I attended an Independence Day concert in New York, and during the program the NY Philamonic played some military music and I recall when they played some Marine Corp hymn I believe it was, several men scattered throughout the audience rose and stood to attention, during the playing, it was quite a moving experience,

    They were obviously ex-marines Is there such a thing as an ex? and it seemed that what they did was the most natural thing for them to do.

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  10. Even though our son Tony is now in the Coast Guard, I can attest to the fact that once a marine, always a marine. 🙂

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  11. Happy Birthday USMC!!! Thank you for all that you do to protect us.

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  12. This is a link to my father’s grave stone. He was in the Pacific during WWII, but didn’t talk much about it. I have seen photos of him with marine buddies, and even one with a monkey he kept as a pet overseas. I heard a story once about the monkey rifling through everyone’s personal items.
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=83902039

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  13. To the Marines: Thank you.

    And can I at least lick the frosting of that honorable cake since I’m 60? 🙂

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  14. Happy Birthday USMC & Happy Veteran’s Day

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  15. Happy birthday marines.

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  16. Thanks for recognizing this day. If you don’t follow Sammy D, you should check out her post today. I think you will enjoy it. http://bemuzin.com/2014/11/10/up-at-the-legion/

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  17. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Happy birthday …. United States Marine Corps!!

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  18. Thank you USMC for your service to keeping us safe. And to helping the world in need.

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