Happy 244th Birthday Marines! To all my brothers and sisters, I wish you an awesome day today for today is a day for Marines! For those of you who do not know, this elite fighting force was first established in 1775 in Tun Tavern.
Quite fitting right hahaha?!
One of the worlds best fighting force born in a tavern? Well it was simple. A group of hard headed, rambunctious, fighting Black Sheep of their time decided it was time to gather all of the other misfits into one branch. From then on, the Marine Corps have been kicking ass and taking names in the worlds most infamous battles.
- In 1776, barely established, the Marine Corps led its first amphibious raid on Fort Nassau to capture enemy supplies.
- Nearly 30 years later, the Marine Corps paved the way for the creation of their hymn at the shores of Tripoli. As a matter of fact, this battle also earned our first successful battle on land and our other name as Leathernecks due to the high collars we wore to protect against pirate saber cuts. This was a hard fought battle of epic proportion. The Marines marched over 600 miles to storm the Tripolitan city of Derna to rescue the kidnapped crew of the USS Philadelphia.
- Next, the Marine Corps made history at the Battle of Chapultepec where we stormed a castle which would impact our traditions with the addition of the Halls of Montezuma.
- As you know, Marines are graciously received the the pseudonym of the relentless Devil Dog at the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918. Like all of our most famous battles, the Marines were fighting insurmountable odds. With few grenades and limited ammo, the Marines launched an assault with bayonets seizing enemy positions. They held on with their superior marksmanship and tactics for 20 days until they were the clearly victors.
- Now, our most ICONIC victory was none other than the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. This is where the US’ most iconic image was born, several Marines raised the American Flag on MT. Suribachi. For 36 days, the Marines fought through traps, mazes of tunnels, and bunkers. This battle was the embodiment of the Marine Corps strive for greatness.
- Much like the Battle of Iwo Jima, the Marines had to overcome incredible odds only 5 years later at the Chosin Reservoir. At the Chosin Reservoir, the Marines found themselves surrounded and outnumbered 8 to 1. Unfortunately, these brave Marines had to survive through the worst weather in 50 years. Battling against wind, -40 F, no support, and limited numbers, the Marines prevailed over the enemy. These special individuals earned their names as the Frozen Chosen or the Chosin Few.
- in 1968, in the midst of the Vietnam War, the Marines added to their fighting spirit ethos. This was one of the few battles on record, were hand to hand combat was heavily used in order to take control of a whole town.
- Towards the end of the 20th century, Operation Desert Storm was commenced. This operation was called a success in modern warfare due to its dominance over the land, sea, and air.
- Ten years later, 2001, the Marines are called upon again for Operation Enduring Freedom. Being the first to fight, the Marines were the first major ground forces in Afghanistan focusing on defeating the Al-Qaeda forces after the September 11th attacks.
- Regrettably, Operation Enduring Freedom led to the toppling of a harmful regime in Iraq. From 2003-2011, the Marines, engaged in house to house combat and improving urban warfare with the Iraq War.
As you can see, the Marine Corps have a long standing history of honor, courage, and commitment.
These battles are a testament to our long standing slogan, Semper Fidelis or Always Faithful. Clearly, November 10th is A Day for Marines. It is not only for all the hard fought battles, it is day for our pride and values that keeps our fighting spirit alive. If you would like to know about our jobs in the Corps, click here for E or click here for Phan. Please comment or shoot us an email if you would like to know anything I haven’t gone over. Lastly, have a Happy Birthday Marines and stay safe.