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Happy 234th birthday USMC on Tuesday Nov. 10th

This is last years post, but it had some good information about the Marines and I thought I’d stick it at the top and wish the United States Marine Corps a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!!!!  YOU ROCK!!!!!

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BRIEF: Marine Corps Plans Birthday Celebrations
Source: Journal-World
Publication date: 2008-11-06

By Journal-World, Lawrence, Kan.
Nov. 6–Lawrence area Marines and former Marines will gather on Monday to celebrate their corps’ 233rd birthday.

The annual Marine Corps birthday party will start at 10:30 a.m. in Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics. Those attending will see a video recording of a speech by Marine Commandant Gen. James T. Conway.

The guest speaker attending the event will be retired Maj. Gen. David A. Richwine, a 1965 KU graduate.

He is a Vietnam veteran who went on to hold a variety of positions and commands throughout his career.

When he retired, he was serving at Marine headquarters in Washington, D.C., as first chief information officer, the assistant chief of staff, command, control, communications, computer and intelligence and the director of intelligence.

The Lawrence High School a capella choir also will perform at the party.

Happy Birthday Marines!

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Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps
Source: Greensboro News Record
Publication date: 2008-11-09
Arrival time: 2008-11-10

By HARRY THEFORD

Marines gather around the world to commemorate their 233rd birthday on Nov. 10 by “calling to mind the glories of a long and illustrious history.”

The Marine Corps Commandant’s birthday message will unnecessarily remind some Marines that they “have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and every corner of the seven seas.” “Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue,” Marines 13th Commandant, Gen. John Archer Lejeune, said in 1921.

Older Marines will appreciate that recognition, younger Marines will accept the challenge to carry on. And just before the oldest Marine and youngest Marine are issued the first pieces of birthday cake, the commandant reminds them by paraphrase, “So long as this esprit de corps’ flourishes, Marines will be found equal to every emergency — as they have in the past.”

The namesake of the North Carolina Camp, Maj. Gen. John A. Lejeune, was often said to be “the greatest of all leathernecks.” He was Marine Corps Commandant from 1920 through 1929. Camp Lejeune, comprising 156,000 acres along the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest Marine base in the world.

Lejeune was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, La., on the Mississippi River. He received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and graduated from the Naval Academy. He chose to accept his commission as a Marine second lieutenant and began a 40-year career.

Interestingly, Pointe Coupee’s French-Creole plantation area was first scouted by a party of explorers sailing from Brest, France, in 1698. Keep that point in mind. Lejeune served in the Spanish-American War and in skirmishes in Panama, Philippine Islands, Cuba and Vera Cruz. In 1918, Brig. Gen. Lejeune sailed for Brest, France, completing the cycle begun when his French-Canadian explorer antecedents sailed from Brest in 1698 to explore Pointe Coupee, La. The French were probably happier to have America’s help in World War I than the Pointe Coupee folks were to see French explorers coming up the Mississippi River.

U.S. Army Gen. Pershing wasn’t all that happy, however, and first relegated Lejeune and his Marines to less than front-line duties. But Lejeune was quickly promoted to major general in July 1918 and took over the U.S. Army Second Division, the first Marine to command an Army Division. In 1919, Gen. Lejeune marched his men into Germany and became Marine Corps Commandant the following year.

Not surprisingly, Lejeune chose Nov. 10 as his Marine Corps retirement date in 1929, at which time he became superintendent of Virginia Military Academy. In retirement, he was advanced to lieutenant general in February 1942 but died in November of that same year.

Not only did Lejeune inspire Marines over the ages, he must have influenced his family as well. Buried with him in Arlington National Cemetery are a grandson, Col. James Blair Glennon, USMC, and a daughter, Maj. Eugenia P. Lejeune USMCR. Ellie Murdaugh Lejeune must have had quite a career herself as a Marine spouse, mother and grandmother. She died on the Marine Corps Birthday in 1953 and is interred at Arlington as well.

Now, for the rest of the story.

Lejeune founded the Marine Corps League in 1923, and the League’s National Convention has never been in North Carolina. That will change Aug. 8-14, 2010, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Would you venture a guess as to whose memory and service we will offer tribute? Great guess. Lt. Gen. John Archer Lejeune, “the greatest of all leathernecks.”

Who would have thought he would have been so big on birthdays?

By order of the commandant: Happy birthday, Marines!!!

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November 6, 2008 - Posted by | In the News | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. HAM, dear, give a big “Thank you!” today to your family for their service to our country, would you?

    ~Leslie

    Comment by Leslie | November 11, 2009

  2. Thank you Leslie, I will.

    Comment by hoosierarmymom | November 11, 2009

  3. My eternal gratitude to your family for their service and ongoing support of this nation.

    God bless you.

    Comment by Andrew Roman | November 16, 2009


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