Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy 237th Birthday, United States Marine Corps

On this date in 1775, Captain Samuel Nicholas established two battalions of Continental Marines in the Tun Tavern, Philadelphia. 237 years later, the corp proudly sings its hymn,

From the Halls of Montezuma,

To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the 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 every 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.

Another blogger printed quotes about the corps, but I would like you to hear it from the Marines themselves.   From the Medal of Honor Quotes,

There is only one way to go:  full speed ahead for God and country.  - Joseph J. Foss, WWII 

Freedom is not free for a few, but for all to enjoy and prosper.  Cherish and protect it. - Duane E. Dewey, Korea

No matter how difficult it seems at the time, it's easier to do the right thing than spend a lifetime regretting that you didn't.
Robert E. O'Malley, Vietnam

Hau`oli Lā Hānau to the Few, the Proud, the Marines.


Kim in Hawaii

USMC mascot


  1. I love that picture every time I see. Happy birthday to the Marines. Our music teacher is a former Marine and he remains proud of that.

  2. Happy Birthday, Marines! And from the bottom of my heart, I thank you and all military personnel who currently serve and who have served! :)

  3. Happy 237th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

  4. Happy Birthday to the U S Marines!

  5. Happy Birthday to the United States Marines, on your 247th birthday. You guys rock, as do all our other military guys!!!

  6. The emotion in that first picture is just amazing. Thanks for a wonderful post, Kim.

  7. Thanks for all the verses - I only really knew the first stanza. And love the bull dog!

  8. Happy Birthday to the Marines! And like Debby, I've always loved this picture - it always makes me tear up. Thanks for the Marine Hymn and the quotes.

  9. Happy birthday to the USMC & thanks to all the men & women who risk their lives fighting for their country and it's people, no matter which branch they are in.

  10. Happy 237th Birthday, United States Marine Corps

    The Medal of Honor quotes are very touching.

  11. What a nice post, thanks Kim! And thanks to our Marines!

  12. Happy Birtlhday to the Marine Corp and special thanks to my wonderful brother-in-law who flew A-4's in Vietnam in 1992 and 1993 and came home safe and sound to my big sister!

    His courage and bravery in the face of danger and his wise words helped my husband when he served on aircraft carriers 1967 - 1971 and at the same time gave me the strength to support him as well during his deployments as well as during all the times he was deployed while serving in the Navy Reserves until he retired a few years ago.

    Thank you Tom and all those who served with you for your dedication and valor!

    Let us not forget all those who are and have served our country to keep not only us but others all over the world safe.