U.S.M.C. - United States Marine Corps - "Crimson and Gold", are the colors of the Marine Corps. True Marines wear Red, White, and Blue - and Green; and can do a double handed salute too. We only bleed when needed, always for someone else. "Through the darkest night, for the Red, White, and Blue, we fight."
It makes me wonder that I have to check in from time-to-time just to make sure this isn't abused.
Today is a special day, just like yesterday, just like tomorrow. But Memorial Day is when we recognize those who have given all for what we have, regardless of uniform, "Thank you."
November 10, 1775 is the "official" origin (Birthday) of the Marine Corps. Yes, just enough time to birth a nation. For those that need clarification... July 4, 1776 might mean something to you; do the math (nine months).
There are a few things you should know about Marines:
"You're welcome" and "Thank you" - that's all you need to know about Marines, or any service member.
First, they honor and respect truth, for all. That doesn't mean they'll just do as you want or expect. Regardless, they will do as is needed to save, preserve, and promote the honor and promise of life; Sometimes taken, sometimes given. The "Oath" is taken when enlisting, and never forgotten or forsaken.
"Semper Fidelis" isn't just a saying. Your best friend and worst enemy isn't even half of it. "Semper Fi" is a recent abbreviation; still valid, not to be used lightly.
"Once a Marine, always a Marine." Regardless of their circumstances there is no such thing as an "ex-Marine" - "Former", "Retired", never "ex". "Served" is a reference given to our veterans that have given their time, and in too many cases their lives.
"Devil Dog" is one of the nicer terms for Marine, and one any Marine will appreciate. I refuse to use any negative reference here. Should one come to mind, (i.e. "Baby Killer"), remember, it is just an aspect of a time and place you have no understanding of.
Eagle, Globe, and Anchor - the Marine Corps emblem - there is more than one; be it officer, enlisted, or citizen; regardless, all are Marines. The Eagle came from the Air Force, the Rope from the Army, the Anchor from the Navy, and, when nobody was watching, we took the World.
"Ready on the left; Ready on the right; All ready on the firing line." is a statement, not a question, and something all Marines know. Marines are trained to fire a weapon; if you do not pass rifle training, you do not pass boot-camp - and therefore, are not a Marine. "Piss ant" is just another word for target.
Uncle Sam's Misguided Children, amongst the Corps, along with other variations; have fun with it, just not with a Marine. "We're still out and about to make sure you have freedom."
Honor isn't a virtue, that's just the way Marines are. "Conduct unbecoming a Marine" is the worst thing you can say (use with extreme caution). Marines will acknowledge their faults and failures, and fight to their last breath any insult. Marines don't hold grudges, just guns; and they only need guns for distance or expedience. Chesty Puller quote: "Take me to the Brig. I want to see the "real Marines"."
"First in" is more than a motto. Despite current events, the Marine Corps is the only branch of the military that the President can send into battle without an act of Congress. "Sir, Yes Sir!"
Diplomacy is being able to tell someone "Go to Hell" and have them smile when they leave; Marines don't care if they smile.
As I recall, and it may be a quote from more than one branch of service... "We have done so much with so little for so long we are now able to do anything with nothing except weld the crack of dawn and put wheels on a miscarriage." (apologies to any that may offend, it is a Marine Corps saying).
The Naval Infantry, the Marine Corps, is a branch of the Navy. Do not press this issue with a Marine. Naval members are referred to as "Squids" (on a good day) - no offense intended to the honorable personnel serving in the Navy. Last I checked, they don't take offense if you're a Marine.
In addition to their combat mission, Marines serve as: "Security" on-board ships (sea duty, guards), "Ambassadors" at the White House (Dress and impress), as well as Embassy's (Guard and Salute), and Color Guard (along with all other branches of the military) Honor to all that have served.
You cannot achieve a "5 star" General rank in the Marine Corps, and be promoted to the position of Joint Chiefs of Staff - but, you can be appointed Chairman. Peter Pace, was the first, and so far only, Marine to serve in this capacity.
Marine Corp "law", as with all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, is based on the UCMJ UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE.
There are eleven (11) general orders. All Marines know more... 13 last I checked; here's number 12: "I will walk my post from flank-to-flank and not take shit from any rank" - it's a combo. If you have to ask about the "special orders" then don't know what it is to be a Marine.
The Marines Corps Hymn audio, Ringtone, or lyrics. Based on the battles and "attitude" every Marine shares. If you don't know what a "Chesty Pullover" is, don't ask. It's a garment, but you really need to know who "Chesty" Puller was. Paraphrased and elaborated quote: (Private)"We're surrounded." (General)"Now the bastards won't get away." - footnote he started as a private and ended his career in the Corps as a General. That may sound like Napoleon, but, he wasn't out to take over the world, just win, for us, not just himself.
The 1929 version of the Marine Corps (The 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; (Nov. 21, 1942, the Commandant of the Marine Corps approved a change in the words to read: “In air, on land, and 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.”
My 2cents worth:
Take some time to read the Constitution, or perhaps the Bill of Rights. Should you ever question, or doubt what they mean... ask a Marine.
The Marine Corps has served in every American armed conflict.
there is a "com" website...
Special Note: I am [was] leaving this page open to edit by all visitors. Firstly, I hope that others will contribute to the content; Secondly, any Marine who views this can deal with whatever Bullshit some Piss Ant cares to post; Thirdly, anything errant or inappropriate can be removed and any previous content that is worth keeping can be restored.
So far, so good. Thanks to all Marines, service members, and families. One day I will believe what I am told; until then I will do what I am ordered to do to the best of my ability. [My apologies to any that may offend.]
-- Edit privileges revoked. Thankfully this page was never abused, and perhaps I should allow edits but: all else on this site was "modified" but no content or changes to this page. (expect a quote from Spok, or some other geek hero here - fascinating).
If you found this all too "promotional"... Read it again. oh yeah! ooh-rah! Sir, yes sir!, have a nice day.
[sic] "ew-raw" :) (belch). Now that we're done with breakfast let's go get something done.
It is all well and good that we remember so many of our heroes "in the past", don't forget there are many that deserve our praise today.