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A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS (233rd Birthday)
United States Marine Corps ^ | November, 2008 | General James T. Conway

Posted on 11/09/2008 1:00:29 PM PST by Perseverando

During the summer of 1982, in the wake of a presidential directive, Marines went ashore at Beirut, Lebanon. Fifteen months later, on 23 October 1983, extremists struck the first major blow against American forces – starting this long war on terrorism. On that Sunday morning, a suicide bomber drove an explosive laden truck into the headquarters of Battalion Landing Team 1/8, destroying the building and killing 241 Marines and corpsmen.

Extremists have attacked our Nation, at home and abroad, numerous times since that fateful day in Beirut. Their aim has always been the same – to kill as many innocent Americans as possible. The attacks of 11 September 2001 changed our Nation forever, and our president has resolved that this Nation will not stand idle while murderous terrorists plan their next strike. Marines will continue to take the fight to the enemy – hitting them on their own turf, crushing them when they show themselves, and finding them where they hide.

Only a few Americans choose the dangerous, but necessary, work of fighting our Nation’s enemies. When our chapter of history is written, it will be a saga of a selfless generation of Marines who were willing to stand up and fight for our Nation; to defend those who could not defend themselves; to thrive on the hardship and sacrifice expected of an elite warrior class; to march to the sound of the guns; and to ably shoulder the legacy of those Marines who have gone before.

On our 233rd birthday, first remember those who have served and those “angels” who have fallen – our reputation was built on their sacrifices. Remember our families; they are the unsung heroes whose support and dedication allow us to answer our Nation’s call. Finally, to all Marines and Sailors, know that I am proud of you and what you do. Your successes on the battlefield have only added to our illustrious history. Lieutenant General Victor H. “Brute” Krulak said it best when he wrote, “… the United States does not need a Marine Corps … the United States wants a Marine Corps.” Your actions, in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe, are at the core of why American loves her Marines.

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,

James T. Conway General, U.S. Marine Corps


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: beirut; corpsmen; grunts; happybirthday; lebanon; marine; marines; navy; semperfi; usmc; usnavy; wot
Thank you for a great message, General Conway! Sorry about your new Messiah-in-Chief.

Hold your position! Freepers are on the way!

Semper Fi, do or die, OOH RAH!!

(P.S. Sorry about any typos, I had to type this from the .pdf.)

1 posted on 11/09/2008 1:00:29 PM PST by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

Great and very inspiring! Prayers for our Marines at this time in history.


2 posted on 11/09/2008 1:06:22 PM PST by livius
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To: Perseverando
Semper Fi (ladies and gentlemen) of that most honorable and wonderful fighting force, the United States Marine Corps!!!!

May GOD BLESS one and all of you - we owe such a debt of gratitude that we can never repay but merely offer our thanks, prayers and continued support of you all and of your dear families.

3 posted on 11/09/2008 1:07:46 PM PST by zerosix
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To: Perseverando
“the United States does not need a Marine Corps … the United States wants a Marine Corps.”

With all due respect to Gen Krulak, the United States will not survive without a Marine Corps.

That's why the Corps is always one of the Left’s chief targets. Destroy the Corps. Destroy America.

Semper Fi.

4 posted on 11/09/2008 1:08:11 PM PST by ChicagahAl (So your bumper sticker says: "Don't blame me, I didn't vote!"? Duh!)
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To: Perseverando; intenseracer
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES!! God bless you as you carry out your orders, on behalf of a grateful nation.

My youngest son turns 35 today. I thank him for HIS service, too.

5 posted on 11/09/2008 1:09:13 PM PST by redhead (ALASKA; Step out of the bus, and into the food chain)
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To: All

Semper Fi Marines! You are the absolute best the United States of America can claim as a bragging right. This Navy Mom is forever in your debt.


6 posted on 11/09/2008 1:12:18 PM PST by navymom1 (I support Free Speech. Defeat the Fairness Doctrine.)
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To: Perseverando

OOH RAH, General Conway! OOH RAH!


7 posted on 11/09/2008 1:12:34 PM PST by floralamiss
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To: Perseverando

Happy Birthday you wonderful Marines. I salute you and your courage.


8 posted on 11/09/2008 1:14:38 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Perseverando

Happy Birthday Marines! God bless you, and thank you for your service!

Proudly submitted by a retired USAF Lt Col/wife of a retired USN CMDR/daughter of a retired USAF Colonel!


9 posted on 11/09/2008 1:14:47 PM PST by sassy steel magnolia (USAF life and Navy wife...God Bless the USA!)
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To: All

TO THE MARINES:

Thank You and I salute you.

May God bless all of your endeavors.


10 posted on 11/09/2008 1:15:05 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Perseverando

God bless and keep the Marines & Corpsmen. In addition, bless and keep the accompanying/supporting Army FIREFINDER troops who were also killed there on that day.


11 posted on 11/09/2008 1:18:43 PM PST by NutmegDevil
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To: Perseverando

“Against all enemies, foreign AND domestic”


12 posted on 11/09/2008 1:20:56 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Perseverando

OOH RAH!

My son once wrote, “I didn’t join up to be part of some government conspiracy—I joined because I thought it was just one small way that I could contribute to the people of this country... although the discipline didn’t hurt much either. “

Semper Fidelis.


13 posted on 11/09/2008 1:22:01 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: DesertRhino
"“Against all enemies, foreign AND domestic”"

Actually, what Karl said was:

"I didn't join up to be part of some government conspiracy--I joined because I thought it was just one small way that I could contribute to the people of this country... although the discipline didn't hurt much either. As I think back to that oath, something about all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC... I wonder who is really to blame for the degredation of the American society. "

14 posted on 11/09/2008 1:25:56 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Perseverando

Happy Birthday Marine Corp.You have turned my young son into
a man of honor and courage. God bless the Marines and all military branches for their honor,courage and sacrifice.


15 posted on 11/09/2008 1:26:04 PM PST by Snappy1MarineMom (Don't Blame me I voted for Keys)
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To: DesertRhino
“Against all enemies, foreign AND domestic”

"Against ALL enemies, foreign AND domestic!!!"

16 posted on 11/09/2008 1:30:02 PM PST by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

OooRah!


17 posted on 11/09/2008 1:43:52 PM PST by Mr. Jazzy (Only following the LEGAL ORDERS of my officers and those appointed to positions of authority.)
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To: Perseverando

God bless the Marines!


18 posted on 11/09/2008 1:44:38 PM PST by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamofascist Jihad - one keystroke at a time...)
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To: ChicagahAl

Best wishes to the Marines. There are no ex Marines.


19 posted on 11/09/2008 1:56:50 PM PST by Lumper20
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To: Perseverando
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FELLOW MARINES!

My Father When He Made MGySgt

Dad MGySgt

My Mother And Father Vist Me - 1970

Photobucket

20 posted on 11/09/2008 2:00:50 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Perseverando
Happy birthday, brothers.


21 posted on 11/09/2008 2:10:05 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Did you graduate boot camp in ‘70?
Platoon 212, Parris Island. Graduated ~7 April 1970.


22 posted on 11/09/2008 2:12:16 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Perseverando
Happy Birthday, USMC!

And good luck to our son Jim, in week 9 at Parris Island.

OOH-RAH!

23 posted on 11/09/2008 2:17:00 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Past Your Eyes

Ooh Rah


24 posted on 11/09/2008 2:27:39 PM PST by North Coast Conservative (Are you a sheep? Or, are you a sheep dog?)
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To: Past Your Eyes

1969 PI. The photo with my parents as taken in Jan. 1970 when I was in Avation Electronics school in Memphis, Tn.


25 posted on 11/09/2008 2:33:12 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I didn’t think that looked like a boot camp haircut!!


26 posted on 11/09/2008 2:39:06 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Perseverando

Happy Birthday, Marines!

As the wife of a retired Marine helicopter pilot, I wish all active duty and retired Marines the best.


27 posted on 11/09/2008 3:33:21 PM PST by Logirl
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To: Logirl
Out of the several hundred young men I knew in my early 20s, 14 of them died in the Nam. One was my best friend, a Marine Corps lieutenant who was awarded a posthumous Silver Star after a horrible event at night while commanding his Medevac helicopter.

I think of him every day.

28 posted on 11/09/2008 5:50:03 PM PST by muawiyah
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