After Seeing This Video, I Can’t Thank Our U.S. Marine Corps Enough. Here’s to 239 Years of Defending Peace!

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Marines are rightfully proud of their long history. They have a commitment to each other that they will honor at any cost, no matter what is going on in the battlefield. They know their history and they learn from it. Though the smallest of the major military services in our military forces, they have borne their many burdens and duties with a particular sense of honor.

The following video celebrates the 239th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. It gives an overview of the history of the Pacific battles during WWII. You will hear veterans remembering their experiences in places like Peleliu. There is even great footage to go along with it.

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You will also see footage and hear some of the memories from Marines who fought in Iraq, particularly in the city of Fallujah. They recall the difficulties and how they were able to do what was necessary because of how much confidence they had in the skills and the commitment of their fellow Marines. The support units, the artillery units, the various air units — they all performed with superb coordination, executing their missions professionally and efficiently against great odds. Those Marines on the ground in Fallujah engaged in the fiercest door to door, urban combat since the battle of Hue in Vietnam.

To this day, Marines are still in Afghanistan. They have also been called into missions in other parts of the world for military and humanitarian purposes as well. There are even Marines among the 4,000 U.S. military who are currently doing battle in the war against the Ebola Virus threat as well.

Marines are tough because they train harder; they know that they have a history to live up to.

Marines are tough because they train harder; they know that they have a history to live up to. They have a unique sense of unit cohesiveness. They are good, because they know and honor the history of the Corps. They want nothing more than to live up to that history. They are proud their history — one of courage and honor, of service and sacrifice, and of meeting the foe together, as brothers and sisters. True, they are not the only service, and they are not necessarily greater than anybody else. They are simply “The Few, The Proud, The Marines.”

Happy birthday and Semper Fidelis to all my Marine Corps brothers and sisters, from this old Corpsman who was honored to serve with you in battle in Vietnam and to share in one of the chapters of that storied history. Love you all.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.
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