On November 10, 1775, the United States Marine Corps was born at a tavern called Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marines were originally organized as the fighting units on U.S. Navy warships during the Revolutionary War. As you will see in this video, over the last 246 years, the Marine Corps mission has adapted to the immediate needs of each and every one of the wars this nation has fought and that reputation of swift, agile adaptability remains at the center of the Marine Corps character.
This video is the 2021 version of the annual video and address to all Marines past, present, and future produced and given by the Commandant and the Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps. The present Commandant of the Marine Corps is Gen. David H. Berger and the current and 19th Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps is Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black.
This year’s video gives a great overview of the history of the Marine Corps and how it has shown its ability to rapidly and professionally adapt to every situation and environment that it has been called upon to operate in over the 246 years of its existence.
The world is changing today as it always has, but even more rapidly. The threats are changing and the skills and warfighting capabilities that will be necessary to operate in those new threat environments are being addressed by the new configurations the Marines are moving to at this time. The Marine Corps is riding the wave of those changes and is returning more and more to its origins as a seagoing maritime force that can be delivered ashore any where in the world rapidly and to be supported by ships at sea. In doing this they will continue their tradition of being the first ashore and the last to leave, they will also be able to address the environments that will come with warfighting operations at sea.
Commandant Gen. Berger, and Sgt. Major Black accomplish two functions here. They give us the history and the background behind the Corps adaptibility then and now, and they personally address every Marine serving now, those who have served in the past and who are now serving in countless other ways as civilian citizens, and those who want to be future Marines. They reveal in their words the reality of the brotherhood, the Semper Fidelis bond that becomes the core of every Marine the moment that they are given their Eagle Globe and Anchor pin at the end of boot camp. It is truly earned, not given.
Yes. It is really true; Once a Marine, always a Marine.
I have witnessed this brotherhood as an FMF Corpsman. I was privileged to enter the Marine Corps culture at Camp Lejeune when I was transferred from the Navy culture to the Marine Corps culture to attend Field Medical Service School and then did a year at Lejeune with the then 2nd Force Service Regiment before being given orders to Vietnam with Bravo Co. 3rd Recon Bn., 3rd Mar. Div. We Navy Corpsmen who served with our Marines in peace and in war wish all of our brother Marines a Happy 246th birthday.
The United States Marine Corps has proven over the two and a half centuries of service to this country that they are and will always be “the most ready when the nation is the least ready” to fight and to defend this nation.
The Veterans Site adds its birthday greetings to those of the Commandant and the 19th Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps. Happy birthday Marines. Semper Fi! OoRah!!Whizzco