Happy 242nd Birthday, USMC!

Today is the anniversary of the approval of two Marine battalions to join the American Revolution, and today the occasion serves as a “yearly reminder of the brave spirit that has compelled young men and women to defend our nation and its interests for more than two centuries,” according to Marines.com.

It is the day when the Second Continental Congress established the Continental Marines with the following decree:

That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.


Marine Corps Gazette


Seventy-Five years ago today, after months of fighting at Henderson Field and along Edson’s Ridge, Marines on Guadalcanal spent the night of 10 November 1942 planning and preparing. Although the Battle of Guadalcanal would continue for three more months, the plans laid on our Corps’ most sacred day became integral to the amphibious campaigns that followed. Success at Guadalcanal proved to be the turning point that ultimately paved the way for Allied victory in the Pacific. Those warriors defended their positions in brutal conditions against a formidable enemy – and triumphed. Through every major conflict our Nation has seen since the Revolution, Marines performed their duty with utmost courage, devotion, and raw determination. Their valiant deeds in the face of overwhelming challenges give us confidence and inspire us to meet the trials of today. As we pause to celebrate the birth of our Corps this year, we honor the legacy that was passed down to us and we recommit ourselves to carrying those traditions into the future.

This November 10th marks 242 years of warfighting excellence. At places like Trenton, Tripoli, Chapultepec, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Chosin, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, Sangin, and so many others, Marines have fought with an inner spirit – a spirit that bonds us, binds us together as a cohesive team. It’s that intangible spirit that has formed the foundation of our warfighting reputation for the past 242 years. Now it’s our responsibility to ensure we honor and carry on that legacy. The American people expect a Corps of men and women who are committed, selfless, willing to sacrifice, who epitomize honor, courage, commitment, virtue, and character. We owe our Nation and our predecessors no less.

Today, as we celebrate our 242nd birthday, we must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we’re here. We must remember the past, honor those who are no longer with us, focus on today’s battles, and get ready for tomorrow. We can and will prevail as we always have, in any clime and place. But we must prevail together, united by the unyielding spirit in each of us that makes our Corps unique – that willingness to put our Corps and fellow Marines ahead of ourselves. Victory in battle comes through the integrated efforts of many – teamwork. We value the sacrifices and contributions of every Marine and Sailor, as well as our family members without whose support we would not be able to accomplish our mission. And we remain committed to being our Nation’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness that sets the standard for honor, discipline, and courage. I am proud of each and every one of you. Happy Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,

Robert B. Neller

General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps

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5 Responses to Happy 242nd Birthday, USMC!

  1. czarowniczy says:

    Ah yes, the one day of the year when my Marine friends are more insufferable than usual.

    And a special Happy Marine Birthday to my Marine/NOPD friend who went through hell here after being on the point of the Iraq invasion. During Katrina he rallied his officers and they worked nonstop and heroically while much of the city ‘leadership’ were held-up in a Quarter hotel. Post Katrina he was tried by the State and the Feds only to be found not guilty on multiple charges multiple times.
    His crime was really telling the truth about what went on during Katrina – he had a slideshow complete with pictures (put it to music too) that he showed at various police events, including out of state – that wasn’t in line with the ‘official’ post-Katrina City version. When Holder came down and stood on the Federal Courthouse steps and swore he’d finally put the multiple NOPD scalps on his lodge pole this Marine was one of them.
    It took him nearly ten years of State and Federal harassment, thousands in legal fees and reams of endless lies about his case from the media but he retired from NOPD, was hired by another local LEA and is finally out from under the State and Federal vendetta – again, cleared of all charges.
    Happy Marine Birthday, Gunny…Semper Fi.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday in Space
    Marines Channel

    Liked by 2 people

  3. jeans2nd says:

    Thank you Stella for remembering the Marines

    Even Wicked Son remembers this birthday
    WS was made a member, 2dRadBn Co B
    1stSgt passed out cigars
    They were The Best

    Liked by 2 people

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