US Marine Corps Birthday ~ 10 November 1775

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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.

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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

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

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Recruitment poster from early 1900's

Thank You

No words necessary.

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Farewell Salutes –

Marvin Jackson – Speedway, IN; USMC, WWII, PTO, Cpl.

Robert Juergens – Cleveland, OH; USMC, Korea120507-m-0000c-005

Harry Lord – Jacksonville, NC; USMC, GySgt. (Ret.)

Austin Maloney – Jersey City, NJ; USMC, Korea

Eugene May – Scranton, PA; USMC, WWII, PTO

John O’Leary – Flushing, NY; USMC, Korea, Purple Heart

Leon “Red” Rickman – Wichita, KS; USMC, WWII, PTO

James Sheehan – Framingham, MA; USMC, Lt.Col. (Ret.)

Sandra Shepard – Cincinnati, OH; USMC, Vietnam

Donald Shockey – Savannah, GA; USMC, Lt.Col. (Ret.)

Jerry Vovcsko – Springfield Center, NY; USMC

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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, 2016, in Current News, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 68 Comments.

  1. We have a few marines in the family and this post was informative – I am going to check out the facts with the USO link right now….

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  2. hello gp cox its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada nos menny marines and marine famileez on akkownt of us beeing so klose to camp pendleton!!! happy birthday marines and menny happy reeterns!!! ok bye

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    • Being so close to a major base, I’m sure you know a few Marines yourself, Dennis. The members of the military are a rare breed and worth getting to know. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. I neglected to mention for info I have a friend in my WordPress site , She is an ex Marine and has a lovely site and goes by the name of Peppermint.

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  4. The Marines have a great history and traditions to be proud off, I like that ceremonial handing over of Wisdom and experience via the Cake, we commemorated Remembrance day here on the 11th Nov as do many countries I think.

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  5. Happy Birthday USMC!
    And ever grateful for all our military on Veterans Day and EVERY day!
    (((HUGS)))
    PS…I used to live near Camp Pendleton and I started (and planned, hostess-ed, etc.) a Mom and Kids group…we met once a week and had so much fun! The young Marine wives really appreciated the time to get together and talk and laugh while our kids played. 🙂

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  6. GP thanks for this article for our Marines. I have a special place in my heart for Marines since I had 5 of my family members who served in the Marines and all of them fought in wars.

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  7. Love the “MARINES” poster and “Leatherneck Humor” — I was in the Army, not the Marines, but the humor is equally applicable. The memory of sergeants yelling in my face still lingers in my ears more than 50 years later!

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    • My uncle was a Master Sgt. in the Marines. My son (about age 7), asked him to ‘wake me up tomorrow like you do your men.’ Uncle Jim told him he didn’t do that anymore, but okay. I was at the kitchen counter the next morning and he asked – should I really do this? I told him my son asked for it, he wants it. I don’t think I ever so hard as that morning. My son exploded out of that bedroom, flew through the living room, sped down the hall to the side door and stood motionless in his ‘jamies wondering how he got there!! My son became a Marine as well. My father was an Army paratrooper and cousin a sailor. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I like the symbolic passing on of experience and knowledge

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  9. An excellent idea on how to share out a cake!

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  10. I love that tradition with the cake.

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  11. Marines … something else …

    Sensitivity training? I like it~!

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  12. OOOOooooo Rah !! Semper Fi and Happy Birthday !

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  13. Great post and love the concept of passing of “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.”

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  14. Marines have always held a special place in my heart as have uncles and cousins on both sides of the family that have served in the Marines. Thanks for this tribute.

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  15. Happy birthday USMC! My dad is smiling down right now. Here’s a drawing I did of him as a young marine during WWII, https://theforesterartist.com/2014/09/05/sgt-livingston/ . Thinking of my dad.

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  16. Happy Birthday, Marines! The cake tradition is wonderful.

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  17. It’s refreshing to see that the Marines are now doing sensitivity training.

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  18. Thanks, GP. I enjoyed reading the link to the USO facts.
    Happy anniversary, and Semper FI!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  19. Well done, as always. Kudos to our elite fighting force.

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  20. Love the idea of passing on the knowledge and experience
    Great post
    As always Sheldon

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