Monday, November 9, 2015

Happy 240th Birthday, United States Marine Corps

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.

US Marines in the Washington Navy Yard, 1864.
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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.

Retired Marines at the Strawberry Festival in my town.

Do you know any Marines?  Or do you have a favorite movie, TV show, or book with a Marine hero?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, November 14, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 15.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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  1. 240 years is a long time. I'm quite sure I have favorites, but titles escape me right now.

  2. Yes
    Like few good men

  3. I might but not sure. Way too many to remember faves

  4. I recently read and loved Beth Andrews' A Marine For Christmas.

  5. I work with a retired marine who still carries the marine mentality. As he says, once a marine always a marine. He left the corps as a gunnery Sargeant. Such a great guy to work with. My favorite books featuring marine heroes are the Rescue Me Saga by Kallypso Masters. She writes amazing stories and makes her characters feel so real. Also for a short time her first two books are free!

  6. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any marines - the ones I always remember are the SEALS lol I'm sure I've read and enjoyed some!

  7. I don't know any Marines but I have read quite a few books with Marine heroes :)

  8. I have some acquaintances who are Marines. I can't remember the books I've read with Marine heroes, however, NICS (and Leroy Jethro Gibbs) is my favorite TV show.

  9. The band director at the school where I taught was retired Marine.

  10. My friend who I went to high school with....Happy Birthday U S Marines.

  11. My parents were both in the Army and a brother too the other brother was in the airforce and his son is still in the Mariens, have a great day,

  12. Happy Birthday US Marine Corps! I don't personally know any Marines, but I greatly admire their bravery. One of my favorite marine movies is Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood.

  13. I've met many at our American Legion and my husband's best buddy was a Marine but he has passed away.

  14. Happy Birthday Marines! I have a cousin who served and my son's father was a Marine as well.

  15. My grandfather's brother was a Marine officer during WWII. Several of my high school friends enlisted and most recently one of my son's best friends enlisted after high school.

  16. Just watched one of my favorite Marines - Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS.

  17. Happy Birthday and a HUGE Thank you to all who serve our country!!!

  18. Happy birthday to the Marine corps! I can't say I have met any or have a favorite but they all do such a great service

  19. My grandson is a Marine. I know many since I work with many veterans' groups.

  20. My dad spent 11 years in the Marine Corps. He is my favorite Marine.