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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Happy 230th Birthday!

It's the Marine Corps Birthday today and in case you didn't know, this is a big deal to Marines. We have a formal ball, we have a huge celebration meal, and we have a big cake no matter where we are.

In 1992, we had steak and a huge birthday cake in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert. In 2000, I had steak and lobster in the middle of the desert in 29 Palms while we were in the field.

Another point of protocol is that every Marine wishes all other Marines they meet today with a hearty "Happy Birthday" and the sentiment is returned. It's kind of a weird feeling to say "Happy Birthday" to everyone you meet and to hear it in return all day but a good weird. A sense of pride is very present.

So if you see a Marine today, wish him or her a happy birthday.

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  • At 8:55 AM, Blogger a.maria said…


    ummm. i'm on post, and (sorry, but..) they all look alike. (they = soldiers) i can't tell a marine from anything else. so.... HAPPY BIRHTDAY MARINES!!!!!!!! will have to do!

    (you're going to berate me for saying i can't tell them apart, aren't you?!)

  • At 9:23 AM, Blogger a.maria said…

    nevermind, i did some investigating, and they wear the digital print bdu/cammie things (i dunno what marine's call them) so i marched over to two gentlemen at the cafeteria and wished them a hardy happy birthday.

    they chuckled and said thanks.


  • At 10:19 AM, Blogger Waycoolrob said…


  • At 1:53 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    a.maria: it's "cammies." And thanks for the well-wishes.

    walcoolrob: I appreciate it. Semper Fi.

  • At 2:02 PM, Blogger Ghostrider said…

    Happy Birthday Marine!!!

  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger Killjoy said…

    Happy Birthday. I made Brian a cake.

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger O! said…

    Hey! I made an ANNOUNCEMENT today at school about 230! Okay, fine, at my lunch table - two people were listening but at least I KNEW!!

    I was supposed to go to a USMC birthday celebration today since I'm a USNA candidate, but I could NOT since I was occupied with being a singing Nazi. Grr, this ALWAYS happens.

    10 November - also the birthday of Mychal Strank. It wouldn't make sense any other way.

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger Laura said…

    Semper Fi and Happy Birthday, Teufel Hunden.

  • At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Boaz said…

    Happy birthday, Captain

  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger Viper said…

    Ghost: Just think, in the Army, it would be an insult for a Captain to be addressed as "Soldier." In the Air Force, a Captain being called "Airman" would be cause for massive crying. Go ahead and call a Navy Liuetenant "Sailor" and see what happens.

    But you can call me "Marine" all day every day. Ooh-rah!

    Killjoy: did it have stryknine in it? Just kidding, it's more than I got (he he).

    o!: thanks for educating lunch table #5. You are an ambassator.

    boaz: thanks.

    Laura: back atcha. And when I was in TBS, we were getting a class by a female Captain. One of the Lieutenants wanted to finish a question with motivation and this is the way it went:

    Lt: "... how would that be done by a devil ... a devil ... a Marine such as yourself, ma'am?"

    Capt: "Go ahead, Lieutenant. You wanted to say "devil-BITCH" didn't you?"

    It took 5 minutes for the roaring laughter to subside.


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