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JK LYF
11-07-2015, 10:42 PM
As some know, the U.S. Marine Corps celebrates its birthday each year on November 10 (Born in 1775). Marines, wherever they may be across the globe, traditionally participate in a cake cutting ceremony. The birthday cake is cut with a Mameluke sword, as a reminder that we are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword, so that our nation may live in peace. The first piece of cake is given to the oldest Marine present, who passes it to the youngest Marine present. The traditional passing of cake from the oldest to the youngest Marine demonstrates the passing of the honor, experience and heart of the Corps to the next generation of Marines to carry on.

Happy Birthday and Semper Fi to all Marines on Wayalife!:rock:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sam4lq2WHos

Marauder
11-07-2015, 10:47 PM
Semper Fi Brother!

Lance628
11-07-2015, 10:58 PM
Semper Fi men!!

crowrb29
11-07-2015, 11:26 PM
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Skid_Kid
11-08-2015, 12:55 AM
Ooh Rah!!!!!!

ddjohnson843
11-08-2015, 01:02 AM
Ooh Rah! Semper Fi Brothers!

GRNHORN
11-08-2015, 01:09 AM
Happy Birthday Marines Semper Fi

dcbjk
11-08-2015, 01:32 AM
Ooh Rah Marines thank you for all your service to our country and too us

Kpalas
11-08-2015, 01:36 AM
Semper Fi till we die! Happy Birthday brothers!

AllAmericanInfidel
11-08-2015, 01:54 AM
I'm a soldier for life, but I've fought alongside some good infantry Marines. Happy Birthday Marine Corps!

jedg
11-08-2015, 01:59 AM
Yup. Happy 240th Devil Dogs!

vjusmc
11-08-2015, 03:42 AM
Semper fi ! To all my fellow Devil Dog's happy Birthday.

JK LYF
11-08-2015, 03:51 AM
"A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There's no such thing as a former Marine."

~ General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps

abelisar
11-08-2015, 05:57 AM
Semper Fi and OohRah!

crowrb29
11-08-2015, 06:49 AM
This might be my first balless year in the Corp in eight years. Had to do a fall PCS and the way the stars are aligning it's not looking like it's gonna happen.

JK LYF
11-08-2015, 06:52 AM
This might be my first balless year in the Corp in eight years. Had to do a fall PCS and the way the stars are aligning it's not looking like it's gonna happen.

Where did you end up?

crowrb29
11-08-2015, 06:54 AM
Where did you end up?

Went from 29 palms to Pendleton. I like the work environment at Pendleton better because I'm instructor at SOI so it's pretty tight group of dudes. However, most people think I'm crazy for saying this, Twentynine Palms was a lot better. It was way less busy and I could drive right out the front gate and go wherever in the mojave desert I wanted to. That and a lot of little things that just take time to adjust to...

JK LYF
11-08-2015, 06:57 AM
Went from 29 palms to Pendleton. I like the work environment at Pendleton better because I'm instructor at SOI so it's pretty tight group of dudes. However, most people think I'm crazy for saying this, Twentynine Palms was a lot better. It was way less busy and I could drive right out the front gate and go wherever in the mojave desert I wanted to. That and a lot of little things that just take time to adjust to...

Makes sense. Pendleton is huge. Not sure how big 29 Palms is though. Is Pioneer Town near 29 Palms?

crowrb29
11-08-2015, 07:01 AM
Makes sense. Pendleton is huge. Not sure how big 29 Palms is though. Is Pioneer Town near 29 Palms?

Pioneer town is super close. It's about twenty minutes west and Pappy and Harriets( the on site bar) is pretty cool. There is also a forest service road just past pioneer town that takes you into the forest or all the way up to big bear so it's pretty awesome. I'm sure there is stuff to experience down here I just have to find it. The family and I already stumbled upon Julian, which was pretty nice, and I'm looking forward to checking out Corral Canyon and some of the places north of LA and in Cleveland National forest.

JK LYF
11-08-2015, 07:05 AM
Pioneer town is super close. It's about twenty minutes west and Pappy and Harriets( the on site bar) is pretty cool. There is also a forest service road just past pioneer town that takes you into the forest or all the way up to big bear so it's pretty awesome. I'm sure there is stuff to experience down here I just have to find it. The family and I already stumbled upon Julian, which was pretty nice, and I'm looking forward to checking out Corral Canyon and some of the places north of LA and in Cleveland National forest.

Very cool little town. I took my jeep on the trails near there about 2 months ago. And being an instructor at the SOI is outstanding. The backbone of the Marines. Keep in touch. I try to set up a run once every 4-6 weeks.

crowrb29
11-08-2015, 07:07 AM
Will do, really wanted to go on your bullfrog run but I've been holding out on getting a winch. The 40,000 mile zone is creeping up so I've had to spend money on a lot of regular old maintenance stuff.

JK LYF
11-08-2015, 07:10 AM
Will do, really wanted to go on your bullfrog run but I've been holding out on getting a winch. The 40,000 mile zone is creeping up so I've had to spend money on a lot of regular old maintenance stuff.

I know how that goes! I'll prob plan something for Jan of Feb. I'll keep you posted.

chipper
11-08-2015, 12:12 PM
Happy 240th Birthday!!!!! Semper Fi brothers and sisters.

USMC Wrangler
11-08-2015, 05:57 PM
Happy Birthday Leathernecks!

resqman911
11-08-2015, 06:23 PM
Semper Fi, Happy Birthday Guys

JCMULEY
11-08-2015, 06:43 PM
Happy Birthday Marine Corp!

Nomadic Paladin
11-08-2015, 06:53 PM
Happy 240th!!! Semper Fi Brothers.

rubicrawl
11-09-2015, 04:26 AM
Happy birthday brothers Semper Fi

martinzusmc
11-09-2015, 03:49 PM
Semper Fi..!

98chilipepperxj
11-09-2015, 06:23 PM
Happy birthday gents! Semper fi!

bigbootysuperduty
11-10-2015, 06:28 AM
Semper Fidelis MARINES! Happy Birthday!

highoctane
11-10-2015, 08:48 AM
Happy birthday and Semper Fi!

Exodus Jeeps
11-10-2015, 11:40 AM
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Happy birthday Marines

Frogmech
11-10-2015, 11:47 AM
Semper Fi Devildogs! Happy birthday!

mudmobeeler
11-10-2015, 01:52 PM
Happy birthday and thank you all for your service!

:usa::usa::usa::usa:

JK LYF
11-10-2015, 05:34 PM
The Hall of Fame. Happy Birthday Marines.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=97Biy_rVocw

crowrb29
11-10-2015, 06:18 PM
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abelisar
11-10-2015, 09:27 PM
30 years ago, I earned the right to call myself a United States Marine. It was the toughest training I've ever experienced, not due to its physical challenges, but due to the mental challenges. I'd never felt more alone and lonely. I learned what it meant to dig down deep inside you when you think you can't give anymore. I learned how to compartmentalize and separate the physical pain I was feeling from my body so I could push on with a mission. I learned that a person can take on anything physically as long as their mind doesn't quit. I learned that your body can take on more than you can ever imagine and still keep going.

That was 30 years ago. What I've learned since is that the Marine Corps core values of honor, courage, and commitment, which were drilled into me all those years ago, have not been absolutes. I found that the toughest challenge facing me was not the time spent in the Corps, where the world was black and white with few grey areas, but the challenges I've faced since. I've found it challenging to be honorable, courageous, and committed in the "real world", where everything is relative and there are few absolutes. Where you have to make compromises to get ahead and achieve your goals. I've found that a society focused on rights ahead of responsibilities, on "me" as opposed to "us", have made living a life of honor, courage, and commitment difficult. I've learned that honor, courage, and commitment are ideals to strive for. I've learned that to be able to achieve those ideals, I must forever measure my actions against those ideals and be forever vigilant. Most importantly, I've learned that itís a lot easier to achieve when you are with likeminded people who believe as you do and aren't afraid to stand beside you.

The Marine Corps motto is "Semper Fidelis" which means "Always Faithful". 30 years ago, it meant faith to God, Country, and The Corps. For me, it still remains the same and is as relevant in my life as it was 30 years ago, but now, I've added my wife Rosalie, my children Christina and Joey, my family and friends to that list.

30 years ago, I remember feeling invincible after being transformed and welcomed into the brotherhood of the corps, then humbled as I realized there was so much more to learn. I remember the camaraderie forged by the long days and nights overcoming physical and mental challenges with my fellow Marines, and always finding ways to laugh away the pain. I remember the long lonely nights on "firewatch" being alone with your thoughts and feeling as if you're a million miles from home. I remember the loss and hurt I felt escorting the body of one of my best friendís home to his wife and mother...

My life has been sort of a Forrest Gump story, I've seen and experienced a lot, and lived many different lives, I remember friendships which seemed so strong and solid at the time fade into memory as the years pass and "life" takes over. As I reflect on the blessings that God has given me since I placed my feet on those yellow footprints at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, I'm thankful and humbled that He could be as generous to someone as insignificant as me. I sometimes wonder if I squandered the time and talent He's given me, succumbed to my own wants and desires instead of to His. I measure my actions against those "core" values taught so long ago and find myself coming up short and yet, He makes things work out in the end.

I don't often share these thoughts as few could relate unless they've experienced it themselves. Itís hard to explain, but once itís in you, it never leaves. You don't think about it but sometimes it comes out when you hear the national anthem at a ball game and chills run down your spine. When you see the stars and stripes waving in the breeze while visiting a foreign country and the sense of pride and honor you feel at being an American. When tears well up in the corner of your eyes when you hear a Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American". When your back straightens and your body is energized when the Marine Corps Hymn plays.

On the eve of the Marine Corps 240th birthday on November 10th, I remember the Marines I was honored to have served with, I remember the sacrifices our Corp has made throughout its history, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could enjoy the lives we lead today. I am reminded that as long as there is a United States Marine Corps, our nation can go to bed at night knowing that brave men and women prepositioned in Marine Expeditionary Units around the world are standing watch, and ready to give their lives, without regard to politics or cost, for no other reason than because they hold the title of United States Marine, and would never dishonor the memory of those who held it before them.

Semper Fi 1985-1993

JK LYF
11-10-2015, 09:50 PM
30 years ago, I earned the right to call myself a United States Marine. It was the toughest training I've ever experienced, not due to its physical challenges, but due to the mental challenges. I'd never felt more alone and lonely. I learned what it meant to dig down deep inside you when you think you can't give anymore. I learned how to compartmentalize and separate the physical pain I was feeling from my body so I could push on with a mission. I learned that a person can take on anything physically as long as their mind doesn't quit. I learned that your body can take on more than you can ever imagine and still keep going.

That was 30 years ago. What I've learned since is that the Marine Corps core values of honor, courage, and commitment, which were drilled into me all those years ago, have not been absolutes. I found that the toughest challenge facing me was not the time spent in the Corps, where the world was black and white with few grey areas, but the challenges I've faced since. I've found it challenging to be honorable, courageous, and committed in the "real world", where everything is relative and there are few absolutes. Where you have to make compromises to get ahead and achieve your goals. I've found that a society focused on rights ahead of responsibilities, on "me" as opposed to "us", have made living a life of honor, courage, and commitment difficult. I've learned that honor, courage, and commitment are ideals to strive for. I've learned that to be able to achieve those ideals, I must forever measure my actions against those ideals and be forever vigilant. Most importantly, I've learned that itís a lot easier to achieve when you are with likeminded people who believe as you do and aren't afraid to stand beside you.

The Marine Corps motto is "Semper Fidelis" which means "Always Faithful". 30 years ago, it meant faith to God, Country, and The Corps. For me, it still remains the same and is as relevant in my life as it was 30 years ago, but now, I've added my wife Rosalie, my children Christina and Joey, my family and friends to that list.

30 years ago, I remember feeling invincible after being transformed and welcomed into the brotherhood of the corps, then humbled as I realized there was so much more to learn. I remember the camaraderie forged by the long days and nights overcoming physical and mental challenges with my fellow Marines, and always finding ways to laugh away the pain. I remember the long lonely nights on "firewatch" being alone with your thoughts and feeling as if you're a million miles from home. I remember the loss and hurt I felt escorting the body of one of my best friendís home to his wife and mother...

My life has been sort of a Forrest Gump story, I've seen and experienced a lot, and lived many different lives, I remember friendships which seemed so strong and solid at the time fade into memory as the years pass and "life" takes over. As I reflect on the blessings that God has given me since I placed my feet on those yellow footprints at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, I'm thankful and humbled that He could be as generous to someone as insignificant as me. I sometimes wonder if I squandered the time and talent He's given me, succumbed to my own wants and desires instead of to His. I measure my actions against those "core" values taught so long ago and find myself coming up short and yet, He makes things work out in the end.

I don't often share these thoughts as few could relate unless they've experienced it themselves. Itís hard to explain, but once itís in you, it never leaves. You don't think about it but sometimes it comes out when you hear the national anthem at a ball game and chills run down your spine. When you see the stars and stripes waving in the breeze while visiting a foreign country and the sense of pride and honor you feel at being an American. When tears well up in the corner of your eyes when you hear a Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American". When your back straightens and your body is energized when the Marine Corps Hymn plays.

On the eve of the Marine Corps 240th birthday on November 10th, I remember the Marines I was honored to have served with, I remember the sacrifices our Corp has made throughout its history, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could enjoy the lives we lead today. I am reminded that as long as there is a United States Marine Corps, our nation can go to bed at night knowing that brave men and women prepositioned in Marine Expeditionary Units around the world are standing watch, and ready to give their lives, without regard to politics or cost, for no other reason than because they hold the title of United States Marine, and would never dishonor the memory of those who held it before them.

Semper Fi 1985-1993

Could not have said it better! Thanks for sharing!

Eezybreezy08
11-10-2015, 11:49 PM
Happy birthday devil dogs. Semper fi

USMC Wrangler
11-11-2015, 01:55 AM
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