Skip to comments.A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS (233rd Birthday)
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 Nations 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 Nations 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!
James T. Conway General, U.S. Marine Corps
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.)
Great and very inspiring! Prayers for our Marines at this time in history.
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.
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.
My youngest son turns 35 today. I thank him for HIS service, too.
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.
OOH RAH, General Conway! OOH RAH!
Happy Birthday you wonderful Marines. I salute you and your courage.
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!
TO THE MARINES:
Thank You and I salute you.
May God bless all of your endeavors.
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.
“Against all enemies, foreign AND domestic”
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. “
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. "
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.
"Against ALL enemies, foreign AND domestic!!!"
God bless the Marines!
Best wishes to the Marines. There are no ex Marines.
Did you graduate boot camp in ‘70?
Platoon 212, Parris Island. Graduated ~7 April 1970.
And good luck to our son Jim, in week 9 at Parris Island.
1969 PI. The photo with my parents as taken in Jan. 1970 when I was in Avation Electronics school in Memphis, Tn.
I didn’t think that looked like a boot camp haircut!!
Happy Birthday, Marines!
As the wife of a retired Marine helicopter pilot, I wish all active duty and retired Marines the best.
I think of him every day.