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Thursday, 10-Nov-2005 00:00
The 230th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps!
MARINE CORPS ORDERS
No. 47 (Series 1921)
U.S. MARINE CORPS HEADQUARTERS
Washington, November 1, 1921


759. The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the 10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it will be read upon receipt.

(1) On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name "Marine". In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

(2) The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and is the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

(3) In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term "Marine" has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

(4) This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.



JOHN A. LEJEUNE,
Major General Commandant

75705--21


ALMAR 051/05
««-----------------------------------------------------»»

Date signed: 10/31/2005 ALMAR Number: 051/05
R 310026Z OCT 05
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 051/05
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//
SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE - 10 NOVEMBER 2005//
POC/SGT K. PTAK/ADMIN CHIEF/CMC STAFF GROUP/-/TEL:(703) 614-2326//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES, SEMPER FIDELIS, AND KEEP ATTACKING! M.W.
HAGEE, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.///

Happy Birthday Marines!
Love, Honor, Respect,
JHD

UPDATE:Photos in from Camp Fallujah!

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# 1 -A Marine carries a birthday cake during the II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) cake cutting ceremony at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the II MEF (FWD) commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris.
Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/image1.nsf/ae82f18a8e1b160b852568ba007e7e5e/7415cf503a5b9c95852570b8003c76ef/$FILE/Cake1.jpg

# 2 -A color guard presents the colors during the II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) cake cutting ceremony at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the II MEF (FWD) commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/image1.nsf/ae82f18a8e1b160b852568ba007e7e5e/04c8a79af67020f8852570b8003d8e11/$FILE/Cake3.jpg

# 3 -Major Gen. Stephen T. Johnson, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD), prepares to cut the first piece of cake during a cake cutting ceremony at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the commanding general and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/image1.nsf/ae82f18a8e1b160b852568ba007e7e5e/d32cae918d5a1437852570b8003de563/$FILE/Cake4.jpg

# 4 -Major Gen. Stephen T. Johnson, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD), presents a piece of cake to the oldest Marine in the unit, Col. Gary I. Wilson, officer-in-charge, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection, II MEF (FWD), during a cake cutting ceremony held at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the commanding general and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/image1.nsf/ae82f18a8e1b160b852568ba007e7e5e/75bef837360a3f9d852570b8003e2845/$FILE/Cake5.jpg

# 5 -The oldest Marine in the unit, Colonel Gary I. Wilson, 58, officer-in-charge, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection, II MEF (FWD), presents Lance Cpl. Ryan Eberly, 19, communication center operator and systems administrator, G-2 office, II MEF (FWD), the youngest Marine in the unit, with a piece of cake during a cake cutting ceremony held at Camp Fallujah in honor of the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the II MEF (FWD) commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan

http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/image1.nsf/ae82f18a8e1b160b852568ba007e7e5e/2cd7ded96a38638c852570b8003e6787/$FILE/Cake6.jpg

# 6 -II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) celebrated the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday at Camp Fallujah Thursday. More than 100 Marines and Sailors were present at the ceremony, which was attended by the II MEF (FWD) commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson and the II MEF (FWD) sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Gary W. Harris. Photo by: Cpl. Evan M. Eagan


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