USMC 240th Birthday !!

On 10 November 2015 –

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OORAH !!

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.

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

Illustration of the first successful amphibious operation by the Continental Marines. WWII USMC combat artist, Col. Don Dickson

Illustration of the first successful amphibious operation by the Continental Marines.
WWII USMC combat artist, Col. Don Dickson

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. W/ Capt. Greg Youngberg of Boynton Beach, FL; 2014 Marine of the Year

 

 

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Recruitment poster from early 1900's

Recruitment poster from early 1900’s

Thank You

Thank You

No words necessary.

No words necessary.

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Leatherneck Humor – 01b89b817f7687eadf45c7e60e0252f8

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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 – 

Jerrod Campbell – Colfax, WA; USMC, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sgt.

James Dean – New Canaan, CT; USMC, WWII, PTO, Pfc, L/3/7, Purple Heartimages

Dennis Hall – Flagstaff, AZ; USMC, USMC, Vietnam, Sgt., Purple Heart

Tommy Ikerd – Mount Holly, NC; USMC; Cpl., USS Coral Seas

John Mullin – Highlands Ranch, CO; USMC, Colonel (Ret.), pilot

Peter Olsen – Brooklyn, NY; USMC, WWII, PTO, 2nd Lt. (Ret. 21 years)

Robert Parsons – Tampa, FL; USMC, Vietnam

John Simma – PA; USMC, Vietnam, GySgt. (Ret. 26 years)

James Swanson – Bloomington, MN; USMC, Korea

William Waterford Jr. – Phoenix, AZ; USMC, Vietnam

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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 9, 2015, in Current News, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 58 Comments.

  1. I love living by the base. Been here 23 years, no plans to leave. I miss the Naval Training center that used to be beside it but closed back in the ’90s. San Diego is still a great military town. It’s in our blood here.

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  2. OORAH!!!
    I live just above MCRD San Diego. I wake daily to revile from the base.

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  3. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    My apologies for not blogging this sooner. I still have over 300 emails for November to go through. My article is due on 12/15 and it has priority.

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  4. USMC steeped in ritual. Reminds me of the samurai and bushido.

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  5. The Farewell Salutes is a wonderful idea. “…Lest we forget…” Thank you for posting it.

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  6. Great post as usual gp, thoroughly enjoyed the facts behind the Marine Corp, really great traditions that epitomize the life of a Marine.

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    • Being as they received most of the media time during the war, it is difficult not to end up on them sometimes. All the branches of service have terrific records, but each battle depends on the material available. I always appreciate your loyalty here, Ian!

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  7. hello pacific paratrooper its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted birthday to the marine corps and menny happy reeterns!!! ok bye

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  8. If I could like this a hundred times a hundred I would. There is nothing like a Marine to put a smile on my face and pride in my heart. God Bless, GP!

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  9. Marines… A special breed!

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  10. Two brother-in-laws were stationed at Camp Lejeune, but never knew the history behind the name. Thanks again for the education!

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing some fun information about the Marine Corps on their birthday! We really owe them so much, it is wonderful to be able to celebrate their unique military traditions!

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  12. We should all honor those who serve our country, and I think you have done a great job GP Cox. Happy 240th Birthday USMC!

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    • Thank you, Wyatt. I’m having a bit of trouble putting Veteran’s Day together – it’s hard to decided just what can express my admiration, etc. I guess we’ll see tomorrow…. Thank you for your opinion on the USMC Birthday, much appreciated!!

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  13. Happy Birthday USMC! We honor you! We appreciate you! We support you! We thank you! 🙂
    Love the cake passing tradition! We can remember (and even learn) so much in our traditions!
    Great tribute, GP!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  14. Love this post, esp the humor bits! fyi– I linked this blog to my post today so readers can learn more about our Marines. Thanks for providing this info. http://www.KayleenR.com

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  15. Happy Birthday, Marines everywhere!! And enjoy your cake. The best bonding device I have heard off in many years.

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  16. Great birthday wish, GP.

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  17. I’ve had the honor to work with several Marines. Law enforcement seems to be a natural place for Marines to “assume” a civilian persona. But Marines are really never “ex” are they? In the next “Sam Deland Crime Novel” (SINK RATE, the first, was released this past weekend) I am researching and likely will include a Marine character. My uncle flew PBJ’s (the Marine version of the B-25) in the Pacific and though you would not know from his quiet demeanor and less than large frame, was the recipient of the DFC. The Marine bomber crews were less well known than the fighter jocks but did it all. Low level bombing and then dodging Kates and Zeros. A good story that needs to be told.

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    • I agree, that story does need to be told. You are very proud of your uncle I see and for very good reason. I will most assuredly put Sink Rate on my list!! Thank you for your comment, Mike.

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  18. On this day I not only remember the Corps.Outstanding History but I also remember all those fellow devil dogs who took my place on the front line and are deployed right now, far from home, standing a watch on that wall, expecting nothing but a fight. Semper Fidelis.

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  19. Congratulations to the USMC on their anniversary. I like the cake-passing tradition, it makes a lot of sense. I don’t think youngsters in most countries know -or care- anything about history. My step-daughter was here, watching a documentary about WW1 and asked me if I was a soldier in it. I’m 63! (She’s 26…)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  20. Thank you auch eine schöne Woche für dich Grüße und Umarmung Gislinde

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  21. Camp Lejeune! I’ve heard that all my life, and never thought about the fact that it might be named for a person.

    Speaking of history, a bit of proof for the importance of education in maintaining tradition — and respect — may lie in the fact that I know the words and the tune to a song that begins, “From the halls of Montezuma…” We learned that in school, for gosh sakes — along with the songs important to the Army, Navy and Air Force. There are some things lacking, today.

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