This mighty military force was founded on November 10, 1775, a full year before America gained its independence. Even though you might assume it’s not their birthday when you witness unrelated men and women wishing each other happy birthday on this day, for these leathernecks, it’s undoubtedly a reason to celebrate. Every Marine Corps birthday is celebrated with a cake-cutting ceremony. The first three pieces of the cake are typically given to the guest of honor, the oldest Marine present, and the youngest Marine present.
We are reminded by current events that international peace is not a given. While we honor the heroic warfighters who came before us and are properly proud of our past, we also realize that the achievements of the past cannot guarantee our freedom in the future. When our country beckons, we must be prepared to answer. Writing the next chapter of our Corps belongs to the Marines who are wearing their uniforms today. You bear the grave obligation of preserving our famous warfighting past.
From the Montezuma Halls
During the Battle of Chapultepec in the Mexican-American War of 1847, American Marines and Army soldiers engaged Mexican forces defending Mexico City. The conflict was effectively over when the Americans took control of Chapultepec Castle, also known as the Halls of Montezuma.
To the Shores of Tripoli
Marine Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon led eight Marines and a group of mercenaries on a surprise attack on the city of Derna on “the shores of Tripoli” during the First Barbary War, the first foreign conflict the United States engaged in following the American Revolution.
- Everyone is aware of the Corps’ land power, but fewer people are aware that the Marines fall under the Department of the Navy and have a sizable presence in the air and on the sea. My military occupational specialty (MOS) in the Marines was aircraft ordnance. The Kennedy Center claims that in order to reflect the arrival of air power, the Commander of the Marine Corps modified the phrase “On the land as on the sea” to its current form in 1942.
- Fighting first for freedom and rights
When a fight begins, Marines are frequently the first soldiers to enter the fray.
US Marine Corps Birthday Wishes 2022
- “On the occasion of the US Marine Corps Birthday, let us take inspiration from our courageous and strong marine who is always there to protect us and motivate us. Happy 247th Marine Corps Birthday Messages 2022…”
- “Life is what we make of it. We can shrink it or expand it with our actions. Let us salute all marines on US Marine Corps Birthday Messages 2022…”
- “They tell us that nothing is impossible. They tell us that there is a new world beyond your fears and insecurities. Happy U.S Marine Corps Birthday 2022…”
- “Warm wishes on the occasion of U.S Marine Corps Birthday. This day fills our hearts with pride and our souls with the courage to be like our marines…”
- “Every day is a new challenge. Every challenge is a new problem. But they never give up for they are made to succeed. Wishing a very Happy 247th Marine Corps Birthday Messages…”
U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Quotes 2022:
- “I’ve always been proud of being a Marine. I won’t hesitate to defend the Corps. — Jonathan Winters, World War II Marine veteran, later actor and comedian…”
- “I do not believe I could have built FedEx without the skills I learned from the Marine Corps…” — Frederick W. Smith, Marine veteran and founder of FedEx
- “I can’t say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like brilliant, it would really be an under-description of the absolutely superb job they did…” — General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army
- “I’m not scared of very much. I’ve been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years…” — Lee Trevino, Hall of Fame golfer
- “I loved being in the Marine Corps, I loved my job in the Marine Corps, and I loved the people I served with. It’s one of the best things I’ve had a chance to do…” — Adam Driver, actor
Here are some other Marine Corps facts:
- Every Marine is a rifleman first, regardless of their position within the Corps.
- Semper Fidelis, or Semper Fi as it is most often known, is the Latin phrase for “always faithful.”
- You may have heard of the Marines’ moniker “Devil Dogs.” The Battle of Belleau Wood is where it is claimed to have started during World War One. The German term for the onslaught Marines was “Teufel Hunden,” or “devil dog.”
- Since Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band, known as “The President’s Own,” has performed at each new president’s inauguration.
- Despite being a separate branch of the American military, the Marine Corps is part of the Navy Department.
Drew Carey, Montel Williams, Rob Riggle, Shaggy, Gene Hackman, Steve McQueen, Adam Driver, Ted Williams, Ed McMahon, and Harvey Keitel are just a few famous people who have served in the Marine Corps.
Marines are commonly referred to as “jarheads,” either because of their squared-off heads and sharply cropped sides that resemble a jar’s flat top or because, during World War II, sailors felt the Marines looked like Mason jars due to their dress blue uniforms’ high collars and projecting heads.