In the beginning was the word, and the word was GOD. In the beginning was GOD and all else was darkness and void, and without form. GOD created the heavens and the earth. He created the sun, and the moon and the stars, so that light might pierce the darkness, the earth, GOD divided between the land and the sea and these He filled with many assorted creatures. In addition, the dark, salty, slimy creatures that inhabited the murky depths of the ocean, God called sailors, and he dressed them accordingly, with little trousers that looked like bells at the bottom and the cute little flaps on their shirts to hide hickies on their necks. He also gave them long sideburns and shabby looking beards. God nicknamed them "squids" and banished them to a lifetime at sea so that normal folks would not have to associate with them. To further identify these unloved creatures, He called them petty and commodore instead of titles worthy of red-blooded men.

And the flighty creatures of the land, God called soldiers. And with a twinkle in His eye, and a sense of humor that only He could have, God made their trousers too short, and covers too large, and pockets to warm their hands. In addition, to adorn their uniforms, God gave them badges in quantities that only a dime store owner could appreciate. And He gave them emblems and crests, and all sorts of shiny things that glittered... and devices that dangled. (When you are God, you tend to get carried away in a big way)....

On the fifth day, He thought about creating some creatures for which he designed a greyhound bus driver's uniform especially for flyboys but he discarded the idea the first week and it was not until years later that some apostles "resurrected" this theme and established what we now know as the wild blue, yonder wonders...

And on the 7th day as you know, God rested.

And on the 10th day, at 0730, God looked down upon the earth and was not happy. God was not happy!!!!!!!!!

So He thought about His labors, His Infinite wisdom, God created a divine creature, and this he called Marine. Moreover, these Marines who God had created in His own image were to be of the air, of the land, and of the sea. And these He gave many wonderful uniforms.. Some were green, some were blue with red trim and in these early days, some were even a beautiful tan.

He gave them practical service uniforms for their daily work and training that they might be sharp and ready... and He gave them evening and dress uniforms, sharp, stylish handsome things, so that they might promenade with their ladies on Saturday night and impress the hell out of everybody!

He even gave them swords so that people who were not impressed could be dealt with... At the end of the 10th day, God looked down upon the earth and saw that it was good...

Nevertheless, was God Happy? NO! God was still not happy! Because in the course of His labors, He had forgotten one thing... He did not have a Marine uniform Himself! However, He thought about it, and thought about it and finally satisfied Himself in knowing that… well… not everybody can be a U.S.MARINE...

10 November 2004 - The 229 Birthday of our Corps ... God Bless them !

United States Marine

Leader of men, teller of tall tales, legend in his own mind, U.S. Marine extraordinaire, stream fordable, air dropable, beer fueled, water cooled, author, history maker, lecturer, traveler, freedom fighter, defender of the faith. Wars fought, tigers tamed, revolutions started, bars emptied, alligators castrated. Let me win your hearts and minds or I'll burn your damn hut down

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the 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. This year we celebrate the 229th anniversary of the founding of our Corps.

Official Version Marines' Hymn

"From the Halls of Montezuma To the Shores of Tripoli; We fight our country's battles On the land as on the 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 ev'ry 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."

The Few, The Proud, The Marines

"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest sons of bitches I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally speaking, the United States Marines I've come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet." --An Anonymous Canadian Citizen


"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem." --President Ronald Reagan, 1985

What the Marines Marine Said

"When the new recruit is standing in front of his D.I., he knows what he had to do, what his D.I. wants him to do, his Mama, his Daddy, his leader says to do. But what our whole recruit training program is heading towards is that Marine doing what he has been trained for when his leader, or any other "senior" is not there looking over him. Those moments when he is alone in combat, and he has to rely on one person, himself!"

Chesty Puller's Rules of Success

What the Navy Said

"Uncommon valor was a common virtue." --The words of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz in tribute to the Marines who were at Iwo Jima.

Why Marines Are Cockey

"To ensure victory, the troops must have confidence in themselves as well as in their commanders." --Niccolo Machiavelli: Discorsi, xxxiii, 1531

"The American Marines have it (pride), and benefit from it. They are tough, cocky, sure of themselves and their buddies. They can fight and they know it." --Major General Hagood, U.S. Army

Why Marines Drink

The Marine Corps was created on November 10, 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Tun Tavern!

Why They Are Called Leathernecks

"LEATHERNECKS": The Marines' long-standing nickname goes back to the leather stock or nekcpiece, which was part of the Marine Uniform from 1775 to 1875. The leather bands around their throats were intended to ensure that Marines kept their heads erect. Descended from the stock is the standing collar, hallmark of the Marines blues, whites, and evening dress. Like its leather ancestor, the standing collar regulates stance and posture, and thus proclaims the wearer as a modern "leatherneck."

Why Marines are called Devil Dogs

"DEVIL DOGS": In the Belleau Wood Fighting in 1918, the Germans received a thorough indoctrination in the fighting ability of Marines. Fighting through supposedly impenetrable woods and capturing supposedly untakeable terrain, the persistent attacks, delivered with unbelievable courage soon had the Germans calling the Marines "Teufelhunden," referring to fierce fighting dogs of legendary origin.

Why Marines are Fierce and Proud and High Spirted

"ESPRIT DE CORPS": The "spirit" of a unit. This spirit is commonly reflected by all members. It implies devotion and loyalty to the Marine Corps, with deep regard for the history, traditions, and honor. It is the epitome of pride in the unit!

Why Marines say "Semper Fi"

The Marine Corps motto is "Semper Fidelis," which is Latin for"Always Faithful". To date, there is no record of a mutiny of U.S. Marines. The motto, sometimes shortened to "Semper Fi," was adopted about 1883.

Dedicated to all , The Few, The Proud, The Marines

10 November 2004 - The 229 Birthday of our Corps ... God Bless Them!

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