Diary

Happy 240th Birthday to my beloved Marine Corps!!

Today, November 10th, is the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

First, enjoy  “Madison Rising’s “ stirring birthday salute:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPLfGbtdlUM&feature=youtu.be

I can’t believe that it was 51 years ago that I first entered Quantico for a summer of PLC. I knew I wanted to be a Marine officer; I wasn’t sure if I could hack it. I was about to find out.

It was actually a short lived  (1963-64) TV series, “The Lieutenant”  that first made me think about the Marines. ( FYI, it was created by Gene Roddenberry, who later on came up with this little show called “Star Trek”)

Back then, Vietnam was still just a few lines buried deep in the  back pages of the  NY Times. The dress blues were cool, and the young officers always seemed to get the girls, and drive convertibles. Such is how impressions and testosterone form, and forge, lives.

My four years as a junior officer shaped and defined me in ways that still astonish me to this day.

Our military today is under tremendous pressure; externally from the demands of a decade-plus long conflict, and internally from those who want to use the military as a vast laboratory for social-engineering experiments.

Fortunately, the vast majority of those today leading the Corps know that the prime mission is still as it was 240 years ago: to defeat the enemies of the United States; those who threaten our freedom and our lives.

I want this to be a celebratory threat, so,  to my fellow Marines; thank you, and may God continue to bless you. If you are lucky enough to know any Marines; thank them for their service.

And if you were in the “green machine,” or knows someone who was, or is serving now, please add your thoughts…

Semper Fi!