They began in a tavern in Philadelphia in 1775. It was called the Tun Tavern. The United States Marine Corps was conceived of as a fighting unit to be billeted on board U.S. Navy ships during the Revolutionary War.
Every Marine is proud of that beginning place and of the 245-year-old and much honored heritage that has followed.
This video is the 2020 birthday message to the Marine Corps from the Commandant and the Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps. It is a beautiful and powerful tribute from the top Marines to all who have served.
You will meet some of the best of them in this video.
It is a matter of fact that one joins the Army, the Navy, the Air Force or the Coast Guard, but one becomes a Marine. There is something about it, something in the name, in the history, the training, the brotherhood/sisterhood that becomes part of the DNA.
Never call a Marine a soldier, he or she is a Marine. And the bloodline is long and heavy with history.
Of course there is esprit de corps in all of the services and rightfully so, but there is something organic and marrow-deep in the Corps that remains with a Marine the rest of his or her life. The other branches call it braggadocio. Yah, maybe there is a dollop of that in it, but there is something much deeper than that too. That’s just for show. But when the fecal matter hits the oscillating blade one thing is true about Marines; they respect, believe and trust each other like blood.
I know this by experience. Like all FMF Corpsman who were given the privilege to serve with the Marines in combat, we were “adopted” Marines and though we joined the Navy, we too, became Marines.
Like all of my Corpsman brothers, I am proud to have been so closely associated with so many of the best in the Corps during my time.
Happy 245 Birthday Marines! Semper Fidelis! We are Fratres Aeterni! OoRah!
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.