Happy 238th Birthday US Marines! Semper Fi!


Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.
~ Ned Dolan

God bless our military!

We owe them our freedom. They are willing to put their lives on the line for their country and their fellow man. How many of us can say the same?

Today in particular is a day to remember the Marines. The Marine Corp is 238 years old today.

The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps, on 10 November 1775, began with the Second Continental Congress 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.”

The 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune, in 1921 issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921:

Gen. Lejeune’s order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps.  It further directed that the order be read to all Marines on 10 November of each year to honor the founding of the Marine Corps.  Thereafter, 10 November became a unique day for U.S. Marines throughout the world.

Soon, some Marine commands began to not only honor the birthday, but celebrate it. 

The first celebration was in 1925.

Semper Fidelis or Semper Fi distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork—it is a brotherhood that can always be counted on. Latin for “always faithful,” Semper Fidelisbecame the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what. Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fidelis is a permanent reminder of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps. In addition to Semper Fidelis, Marine Corps Officers also embrace the phrase Ductos Exemplo, to lead by example,” the motto of Officer Candidates School (OCS). Instructors look for candidates who display self-reliance, discipline and responsibility. Desire and motivation to lead Marines are deciding factors in an officer’s success.

God bless the US Marines!


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