Marine Corps Celebrates 242nd Birthday

Members of the U.S. Marine Corp honor guard salute during the singing of the National Anthem. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

November 10, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The United States Marine Corps is celebrating its 242nd birthday.

The Marines formed on November 10, 1775 in Philadelphia during the American Revolution to lead the fight “on land and on sea” against the British.

Since then the marines have been an integral part of battles, especially in World War II and most recently in the Middle East in the War on Terror.

After laying a wreath at the World War II memorial in Washington Friday morning, General Robert B. Neller, the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps. addressed the crowd.

“The world we have is the world we have,” said the general. “It’s probably not the world we want, but it can become the world that we want if we are willing to sacrifice and dedicate and work hard to make it what we believe it should be.”

Currently, there are more than 180,000 active duty marines, and more than 30,000 in the Marine Reserves.

The motto of the Marine Corps — “semper fi” — was adopted around 1883, and is Latin for “always faithful.”

  • Letmesay

    All men and women on this post I thank you for your brave service. This is the greatest place on earth our United States of America and the men and women of our military have made that possible. GOD bless you all.

  • Numerical Logic

    Happy Birthday to you all, U.S. Marine Corps!
    I’m truly respectful for and thankful to all the men and women who have served and are serving, and because of them I’m hoping to be a part of this band of brother and sisters and proudly serve my country, our country.
    Semper Fidelis and may God be with all of us.

  • Sons of Liberty

    To all Gyrenes, Devil Dogs and nasty Gators…Oorah.
    Happy Birthday, you rascals.

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  • Victor Nazarian

    Those of us wearing a uniform today appreciate the good work of all Marines. Semper Paratus salutes Semper Fidelis.

    • Sons of Liberty

      Dont forget it’s Veterans Day, too. Now we REALLY have to tie one on.
      Carry on, smartly.

    • REW

      Back at ya Coast Guard, and all our war dogs and lionesses. And our actual dog war dogs too.
      USMC, C/1/5, ’67-’68

  • Margaret Keller

    To the Marines thank you for all you do God be with you always. You are
    in my prayers so God can protect you.

  • nfcapitalist

    USMC is the country’s BEST!!!

    Odd how Sergeant Joseph Felix got a dishonorable discharge and 10 years in prison for being tough on recruits at Paris Island and in contrast Bowe Bergdahl gets set free with $300,000 for treason… have to say this makes me wonder how upside down our UCMJ has gotten.

    Cu chi – Phu Loi – Pleiku 69-71


    History says when America needs a critical and challenging task done with bravery and honor, we send in the Marines first because they are our best.
    H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y Semper Fi

  • hobartneck

    Anybody else notice that the Marine drill instructor got 10 years for harassment when Bowie Berghdal goes free? I guess it pays to have an Obama endorse you.

    • GentleGiant

      Every one needs to call the WH.

  • To all Marines and especially my buddy Doug, “Happy Birthday”.

  • warbelt

    Former U.S. Army infantry guy here wishing all you Marines a Happy Birthday!

  • Sheriff Bart

    “The few , the proud, the Marines” no better slogan, in my opinion. The best fighting machine in the world. God bless all the Marines, and all our armed forces, and police, and first responders.


    Happy birthday, USMC!!!!!!!!!

  • 2EdgedSword

    Semper Fi Sisters and Brothers!!!


    ♪ Happy Birthday ♪

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  • Jennifer Elberson

    Happy Birthday Marines!!!!!

  • FoolIggy

    Happy Birthday Marines!

    May God protect every Marine and hold you in the palm of his hands until you return safely to the land we love so much!

  • Paul

    Happy Birthday Marines! From an army combat engineer.

    • Just A Guy

      Thank you! 7th Marines, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Support Company here. A very blessed Veteran’s Day to you and yours sir. Semper Fi.

  • akafett

    Happy Birthday to the USMC.
    And a big thank you to those serving in our military and those who have served.
    We have the best on the planet: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

  • SaidNO2Liberalism

    From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli. God Bless the Marines!

    • Since I was a child, I remember this tune! But I’m Old and (oh, so humbly ) forget all the words. Please! Remind me!
      Love You my Ratriots!

      • SaidNO2Liberalism

        From the Halls of Montezuma
        To the shores of Tripoli;
        We fight our country’s battles
        In the air, on land, and sea;
        First to fight for right and freedom
        And to keep our honor clean;
        We are proud to claim the title
        Of United States Marine.

        Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
        From dawn to setting sun;
        We have fought in every clime and place
        Where we could take a gun;
        In the snow of far-off Northern lands
        And in sunny tropic scenes,
        You will find us always on the job
        The United States Marines.

        Here’s health to you and to our Corps
        Which we are proud to serve;
        In many a strife we’ve fought for life
        And never lost our nerve.
        If the Army and the Navy
        Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
        They will find the streets are guarded
        By United States Marines.

        • OMG! Thank you So much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Steve Maxedon

            To my neighbor Fred, Semper Fi, Marine.

          • I am So honored to pass this on! Semper Fi to your neighbor and thank You for Your service!

        • GentleGiant

          Still gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.

        • Just A Guy

          Makes me think of the countless times we laid in the rack at night in bootcamp and sang this hymn after lights out. Usually right after we said the Rifleman’s Creed. Memories. Semper Fi.

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  • Just A Guy

    Goodnight Marines. Lights out.

  • AtomicFury

    Happy birthday, Mr. Corps.

  • Scott Henke

    God Bless every United States Marine. Past, present, and future.

  • C B

    God Bless all of Our Proud Marines …………….

  • TYvets

    Happy Birthday. May you have many more.

  • retiredglobalguy

    As a Marine infantry Corpsman in Vietnam, I served with the finest group of honorable and bravest men our country has produced. My Marines had my back every second of the year with them during some of the worst fighting of the War. I think about them every day of my life, especially those I could not save. Happy Birthday to all Marines from your old Doc.

    • Just A Guy

      Semper Fi brother.

    • GentleGiant

      We had as much respect for you Doc as you had for us. Semper Fi.

    • REW

      Hey Doc!! Happy bday!! And for those of you who don’t know, for all of us Marines who were around where a Navy Corpsman (medic) was needed, we have nothing but the greatest respect for these guys (not sure if women are assigned combat duty yet). We, and they themselves, consider them the same as Marines. They are as brave as Marines and we lost many of them who ran through gun fire to help a Marine who was down. Thanks for being there doc. And, I feel your pain. Semper Fi!!!! USMC, C/1/5, ’67-’68

  • Just A Guy

    Happy Birthday Marines!!!

    Semper Fi!!

  • john smith

    Thank you United States Marine Corps and every single Marine present and past. Godspeed.