On Sunday 10 November 2019, we celebrated the 244th Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Happy Birthday from your Commandant and my family. To all those in our Detachment who have worn the Herringbone, Sateen utility, Woodland style Desert Camo uniform and now, the digital camo uniforms of today, whether you wore it as a Marine or Navy Corpsmen.
It does not make a difference whether you went to Marine Corps Boot Camp in San Diego or Parris Island, or you went to Great Lakes for Navy Boot Camp. You are all part of our History and should be proud of what you did no matter where you served, no matter what MOS you had. Be Proud, I am.
My first Marine Corps Birthday was number 191 and I was in Guantanamo Bay Cuba with H&S company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. I was a member of the 106mm Recoilless Rifle Platoon. We stood on the parade deck and watched tanks, trucks and a few Colonels ride by and do a “Pass and Review”. Cake came later. The Corps celebrates the Birthday ten times over today. At the November meeting, we will have a cake and I will give the first piece out to the oldest Marine in and he will give the next piece to the youngest Marine signifying the passing of Wisdom, Leadership and Knowledge from one generation to another, and yes, you can call him Boot. Ooh Rah.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marines and Thanks to the Corpsmen for being there when needed. Semper Fidelis, Neas Out