U.S. Marine Corps Birthday – 10 November 2019

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.

The reading of Order 47, Series 1921

 

To read Order 47 please click HERE!

 

 

USMC Birthday Cake

 

 

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.

 

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!!

 

 

 

 

Click on images to enlarge.

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Current News – Charly Priest Review

As I explained to Charly Priest, I am the farthest thing from a poet that anyone could meet, but I am attempting a review of his Kindle/Paperback book.  I hope everyone bears with me.

Priest is an unusual sort, and his poetry bears witness to this statement, but he’s humorous, serious and down-right confusing at times.  There is no clearer explanation of him than that which is written at the end of the book by himself.

There are some that make you think, such as his poem “The Priest”, but I think he hunkers down and shows more of his true self in Chapter 4, and I was impressed.  Such as “Land of the Killers” you can hear his own experiences in the Spanish Legion during deployment.  “In Warfare”, that with all said and done, boils down to the last line, “where it’s a day-to-day reality of the insane.”

“Invisible People”, we’ve either known one of these or were one ourselves;  “Seven Sins”, he expresses the human condition as he sees it and “After the End” with great advice to all.

To find his book, Click Here!

To locate his blog, Click Here!!

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Marine Humor – 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Somebody stop that guy and give him a piece of cake!!!”

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Rudy Boesch – Virginia Beach, VA; US Navy, Vietnam, Master Chief SEAL (Ret. 46 y.), Bronze Star

Larry Brown – Columbus, OH; USMC, Vietnam

Thomas H. Cooper – Chattanooga, TN; USMC, WWII, PTO, Cpl. # 295826, 2nd Amtrac Battalion, KIA (Tarawa)

Glen “Bud” Daniel – Belleville, KS; USMC, WWII, 2ndLt., pilot, Purple Heart

Darryly Fleming – Orange Park, FL; USMC, Chief Warrant Officer-5 (Ret.)

Harry C. Morrissey – Everett, MA; USMC, WWII, PTO, Co. B/1/7/1st Marines, KIA (Guadalcanal)

Paul Plasse – Waterville, ME; US Navy, WWII, ETO

Kenneth Ross – Mosinee, WI; US Army, 11th Airborne Division

Thomas Walker III – Gadsen, AL; USMC, WWII, Sgt.

Jack Van Zandt – Danville, IL; USMC, WWII, PTO, Pfc, Co. A/1/6/2nd Marines, KIA (Tarawa)

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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 8, 2019, in Current News, Home Front, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 85 Comments.

  1. As a Marine vet I appreciate this!

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  2. Happy Birthday Marines, Devil Dogs and Leathernecks everywhere. And thanks GP for the reminder I’ve been focusing on Nov. 11 Veterans Day and almost forgot Tun’s Tavern.

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    • haha, good old Tun’s tavern. I have a picture of my uncle standing in front of the replica in California on the USMC 200th Birthday. Whoa, I hadn’t realized until now that that was 44 years ago!!!

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  3. Happy belated birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!

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  4. I was born at Camp LeJeune. I rarely see anything written about Lejeune so this was a treat GP.

    Hoorah, Happy Birthday Marines!!

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    • Although I know Camp Lejeune was around in WWII, I’m afraid I did not look into the history, except while preparing a post for the segregated Marines during that time. My son took basic training there and after getting his MOS training in San Diego, he came back to work on the Amtraks going to and from the first Gulf War.

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  5. I saw the most touching thing today. I was driving through a town south of here, and saw a fellow sitting in a chair on a bridge with a Marine Corps banner flying next to him. At first I thought he was a single Marine marking the birthday, but farther on I saw many more people sitting alongside the road—and then, when I got the VFW hall, there was a sign out front that said “Happy Birthday”! Thanks to you, I put it all together, and knew which birthday was being celebrated. Thanks for all you do to keep us aware of these things, GP.

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  6. Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps!

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  7. Happy Birthday “Teufelshunde” Devil Dogs Semper Fi

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  8. How traditions begin, fascinating, as is your venture in poetry editing – nice to help a friend.

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  9. Congrats to the USMC! Thank you for remembering, GP! Every thought about the similarity of the USMC-logo and the logo of “Erdinger Weißbier” (a Bavarian brewing company)? LoL Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

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  10. Great post, GP. Yes, once a Marine…

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  11. *salute* Happy Birthday, USMC! ❤

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  12. What a great idea of passing the cake to the oldest and he, in turn, passing a piece to the youngest. What a symbolic move that we should carry on in all our organizations.

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  13. Super post, GP. Yes, Happy Birthday Marines. I also enjoyed your review of Charly Priest’s book of poems. The cartoons were terrific.

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  14. Marvellous sentiments in Order No 47. Happy Birthday, USMC !

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  15. Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! I’d hate to think where we’d all be without them! For that matter, where we’d be without any of our military through the ages to the present! Have a great weekend, GP!

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  16. There’s a reason for that old saying ‘Send in the Marines !’… it’s because they’re the best !

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  17. Happy Birthday USMC! I love the cake and the passing of a piece of it from the oldest marine to the junior marine. Thanks to all the marines for their service!

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  18. My congratulations to the USMC, GP!
    Great images and funnies too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  19. Yesterday I found a retired Marine’s blog; and put it on Profile’s blogroll. Here is his latest post:
    https://fixbayonetsusmc.blog/2019/11/08/244th-anniversary-of-the-u-s-marine-corps/

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  20. Huzzah–and thanks (as usual) for the humor. RT

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  21. A nice looking cake.
    Only a select fraternity get a slice of that.

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  22. Happy birthday to the Marines, and thanks for saving my butt twice.

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  23. Thanks for remembering the Corps’ birthday! That cartoon with “I heard your eyeballs move!!!” reminds me of me. I swear those D.I.s had eyes in the back of their heads. It’s been a long time since I vacationed at Parris Island. Funny thing, though — I’ve never had the urge to go back for a visit! 🙂 Semper Fi!
    –Michael

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  24. Just ordered Priest’s book. Enjoyed your review. You might post one for it on Amazon (and even Goodreads).

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  25. I loved the part about the passing of the piece of cake. After knowing a few Marines over the years I’ve never heard about this. Another great post!!

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  26. Happy birthday for the 10th USMC! I have told in my blog, two of my high school friends went to the Marines after 9/11. Interesting history and tradition, never knew that from these guys. They did go to Parris Island I remember that, since they where from New York. Lost track of them. I wonder where are they now, hopefully alive, that is what´s important.
    Again, appreciate the review.

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  27. Like the book review and the “Once a Marine” poster. Marine Corps is truly like the mafia–once in, never out–but they have totally different values. Will you do another Marine post on the Marine Corps birthday? (Mine is already written and ready to launch.)

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  28. Enjoyed reading the Order, and putting it in perspective, written just after WWI.

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  29. An excellent symbolic transfer between the generations.

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  30. Sensitivity training!!! 😀 😀 😀

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  31. What a fantastic intro, Priest!! Thank you and I’m very glad you approve of what I’ve written here. Yes, you can thank Yvette for asking me to do this. Not being a poet myself, I never would have even tried to make a review – she encouraged us both – so I need to thank her as well!!

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  32. I thank you for making space on your site for their celebration!!

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