Thursday, November 10, 2011

Norsemans birthday messsage


It is Marine Corps tradition that today we will attend a birthday celebration, witness the reading of Gen Lejune's birthday message and the message from the current commandant.  Additionally, there will be a cake cutting ceremony and the honoring of the oldest and the youngest Marines present.  This tradition will be taking place around the world in literally ever climb and place.  It will even happen in fighting holes with a canteen of coffee and an MRE cookie.  I am honored to share this 236th birthday with my fellow Marines and tonight I will be attending our local birthday ball celebration.  For my brothers and sisters around the world.  I know that you are the ones we are celebrating.  When we are dancing, eating and drinking it will be your names on our lips.  Those of you that have to put down the cup and pick of rifle.  Just know that as you spend your birthday standing a post or walking a patrol we are there with you in spirit.  We celebrate what you are doing and the legacy that you leave for future Marines to emulate.  Keep the Morale high and stay alert, this is your day and you are being celebrated.  I would like nothing more than to set down my pen and take your watch, It would do me no greater pleasure than to be able to shoulder the load with you my brothers. 

For the all the Marines that have fought for the principals that make this country free, and moved on to bigger and better things.  Remember that you too are celebrated.  You paved the way and we will maintain that route and keep it clean.  Wear your head high tonight, wherever you may find yourself.  If any one ever asks you if you were a Marine, tell them no I WAS a civilian, that guy is dead now, I AM a US Marine.

I would say that for a group of  drunks, pirates and patriots, we have done all right for ourselves.

Semper FI!

Said of the Marines:

I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery.  But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes:  If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all.
Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.
Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army

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

I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur; Korea, 21 September 1950 
 

 The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945

We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?
Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of Staff
during the assault on Grenada, 1983

 They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or "we'll blow you away." And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, "Igaralli ahow," which means "Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake".
Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991