From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli


On November 10th, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Continental Marines marking the birth of our United States Marine Corps. As Major General Lejeune’s message reminds us, the ensuing generations of Marines would come to signify all that is highest in warfighting excellence and military virtue. Each November as Marines the world over celebrate the birth of our Corps, we pay tribute to that long line of “Soldiers of the Sea” and the illustrious legacy they have handed down to us.

This past year has been one of continuous combat operations overseas and distinguished service here at home — a year of challenges that have brought out the very best in our Corps. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine courage and mastery of complex and chaotic environments have truly made a difference in the lives of millions. Marine compassion and flexibility provided humanitarian assistance to thousands in the wake of the South East Asian Tsunami, and here at home, Marines with AAVs, helicopters, and sometimes with their bare hands saved hundreds of our own fellow Americans in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Across the full spectrum of operations, you have showcased that Marines create stability in an unstable world, and have reinforced our Corps’ reputation for setting the standard of excellence.

The sense of honor, courage, and patriotism that epitomized those who answered that first call to arms 230 years ago is still indelibly imprinted on our ranks today. In commemorating our anniversary, let us strengthen our ties to the past by paying homage to those who have gone before us. As we honor the sacrifices of our wounded and fallen comrades, our commitment to one another remains unshakable. We take special pride in the actions of the Marines now serving in harm’s way, and rededicate ourselves to the service of our Nation and our Corps.

Happy Birthday Marines, Semper Fidelis, and Keep Attacking!

M. W. Hagee
General, U.S. Marine Corps

I’m sorry, but any birthday message that ends with “Keep Attacking!” gives Murdoc a thrill. Don’t you love America?

You can read General Lejeune’s 1921 message here. It is distributed to the entire Corps on Novmber 10th of every year.

Happy Birthday, USMC!


The original Marine Corps snipers, circa 1777:

Belleau Wood, 1918:

Iwo Jima, 1945:

Hue, 1968:

Ramadi, 2004:

I’ve got a couple of leathernecks for co-workers. I hope this gives them a smile.

UPDATE 2: I was going to cross-post this to Winds of Change, but Donald Sensing beat me to it. And he topped me by a significant margin. While searching for images to use in his post, he came across one of his son who’s deployed in Iraq. Go check it out.

UPDATE 3: Additional Marine birthday coverage: Blackfive, Blackfive (pt 2), Minister Buckethead, Dean Esmay, Michelle Malkin, Chuck Simmins. Many of those contain many more links.

UPDATE 4: Okay, a few more: Mike the Marine, Mr. Completely, Backcountry Conservative, Doc in the Box.


  1. I like that painting of the Marines at Penobscot Bay. I don’t know who the artist was but it was a good one. Anyone know?

  2. HOORAH! Murdoc. I sure do love America. God bless America; and, God bless the United States Marine Corps!!

  3. Never forget that the us marines were based on the royal marines corp of Britain. We to keep on the tradition of first in last out with fighting.I think the last time we fought in America was during the colonial uprising when we burned down Washington.Well you sure did learn a lot from us just look at you now.From an old ex bootneck. we are called bootnecks for the very same reason American Marines are called leathernecks.With the usmc and the British marine corp we could take on the world.

  4. Dave: I heard or read ‘bootneck’ somewhere not too long ago and suspected it might be the same thing as ‘leatherneck’, meaning Royal Marine. I meant to look it up and forgot. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Dave, You forgot to mention your allies, the ASASR and 4RAR(Cdo). I’m sure they just slipped your mind 😉 After all, how can we act unilaterally without all our allies? 😉

  6. Well, I guess they aren’t called Marines, so that’s kind of fair. But they perform similar roles. In a sense most of Australia’s non-reserve infantry are like the US or UK Marines… since we have small units they tend to be fairly elite. Anyway, just trying to point the existence of your poor cousins 🙂

  7. Just in case the above didn’t make it clear.. I’m an idjit.. I was reading the comments and forgot what the post was about 🙂