Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday USMC!

Today is the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

In my life, I've known several Marines and I can't tell you what an honor it is to have known each and every one of them.  It's really hard to come by men who are so focused and so willing to do the right thing, regardless of what it costs them.

On a side note, the USMC's dress uniform is, by far, the best looking uniform out of all of our branches of service.  All the dress uniforms are nice looking, but there's something about the Marine Corps dress blues that are fabulous.  The navy blue jacket, the lighter blue pants with the red stripe down the legs, brass buttons, white cap, white gloves.  It's enough to make a lady smile.

Naturally, there is more to our Marines than their dress uniforms.  In fact, there's nothing that can make an enemy say, "Oh shit!" when he comes face to face with our brave men coming in to fight.  In fact, according to a Marine who served during the first Gulf War, Saddam's 'Republican Guard' surrendered at the sight of them.

According to Wikipedia:
Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as naval infantry.[11] Since then, the mission of the Marine Corps has evolved with changing military doctrine and American foreign policy. The Marine Corps has served in every American armed conflict and attained prominence in the 20th century when its theories and practices of amphibious warfare proved prescient and ultimately formed the cornerstone of the Pacific campaign of World War II.[12] By the mid-20th century, the Marine Corps had become the dominant theorist and practitioner of amphibious warfare.[13][14][15] Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises gives it a strong role in the implementation and execution of American foreign policy.[16]
So to the Marines out there, past and present, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sacrifices that you have made on the behalf of not only my country but my civil liberties.  Happy Birthday to the USMC!

If you know a Marine or any other person who is serving in our military of any branch; or if you happen to run into one, not just today, but any day, please take the time to thank them for their service. I try to do this as often as I can and I always expect them to think that I'm completely out of my mind; however, the response that I get is always warm and welcomed and even thankful.  It's good to let them know that we appreciate them.

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