232 Reasons to love the Corps

Happy Birthday Corps
Reason 233: 2D Marine Division Safety Motorcycle Ride on 8NOV.

The Corps paid me to ride my motorcycle!!!! No work. We rode all day! Camp Lejuene to Wilminton (USS North Carolina) and back.

I say again (not "repeat"): The Corps paid me to ride.

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Reason 233:  2D Marine Division Safety Motorcycle Ride on 8NOV.

The Corps paid me to ride my motorcycle!!!!  No work.  We rode all day! Camp Lejuene to Wilminton (USS North Carolina) and back.  

I say again (not "repeat"):  The Corps paid me to ride.

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OOhrah MO! We ride next friday...
A quick pic from last night! Oohrah Ball!

I had waaaaaayyyyyy to much to drink! One more pic...

Thanks... I have a few pics from before we started partying... I need to find those!
Marines deserve all the support and funds that a proud American Nation can bestow upon them.

Happy Birthday Marines.............

Lock and load , Hey
Semper Fi .

Typhoons approaching Okinawa often spark island wide beer runs. God I remember that . Break out the beer , C-rats and Fu*k books . I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said ," Marines , yeah were a department of the Navy ....The Men's Department " .
Here's a group of the Corps' best Motrin Pushers.  Im the second on the left.  Not much bling on me... I dont want a MOH, Purple Heart or POW ribbon.  I considered taking the busa to the Ball but my cover wouldnt fit in the hump.  

Shawn, you polish up nicely.  Eyes look dialated.  Did they serve Grog at your ball?

Here's a group of the Corps' best Motrin Pushers.  Im the second on the left.  Not much bling on me... I dont want a MOH, Purple Heart or POW ribbon.  I considered taking the busa to the Ball but my cover wouldnt fit in the hump.  

Shawn, you polish up nicely.  Eyes look dialated.  Did they serve Grog at your ball?
Grog, rum punch, Jack and Coke...
Taken from a Marine Corps Times article - enjoy Marines, Semper Fidelis!

On Nov. 10, the Marine Corps turns 232 years old. Ever since it was formed
in a Philadelphia bar in 1775, the Corps has given Marines countless reasons to take pride in the heritage of their organization.

There is no shortage of instances in which Marine units and
individuals have distinguished themselves in battle, but the bragging rights earned over the past 232 years weren't all born on the battlefield.

The Corps' culture sets it apart from other branches of the military
in ways that those who have never earned the eagle, globe and anchor find
difficult to fully understand. But what is obvious to even the most casual
observer is that Marines distinguish themselves through their unique
appearance, spirit and accomplishments.

To know the Corps is to love the Corps, which is why Marine Corps
Times compiled the following list of 232 reasons to stand proudly at this
year's birthday ball.

1. Cpl. Jason Dunham. First Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since
Vietnam. If jumping on a grenade to save a buddy isn't worth the top of the
list, nothing is.

2. Civilians have to find time to go to the gym. Marines get paid to go.

3. The National Museum of the Marine Corps. It's like a Smithsonian of

4. There's no such thing as an "ex"￾ Marine.

5. Re-enlistment rates are higher IN the war zone.

6. Stink-proof socks. Well, almost. Systems Command is working on them.

7. Jalapeño cheese.

8. "Every Marine Into the Fight."￾

9. Lump-sum re-enlistment bonuses up to $80,000. Many of you would consider
doing it for free.

10. New uniforms #1. Pixel-pattern cammies? Yeah, the Corps came up with

11. "Doc."￾

12. Flexed arm hang is harder than it looks. We tried it.

13. Barracks parties on non-payday weekends.

14. Marine Gunners.

15. The Wounded Warrior Regiment.

16. MarAdmin 266/07: Letting 18-year-old Marines drink on base at this
year's birthday ball.

17. No receipt necessary for travel claim expenses less than $75.

18. The Lance Corporal underground.

19. Fallujah II.

21. Archibald Henderson's couch, re-upholstered, is still in the
Commandant's living room.

22. "No better friend, no worse enemy."￾

23. Typhoons approaching Okinawa often spark island wide beer runs.

24. Waivers.

25. Gen. James Jones, who followed his tour as commandant with appointment
as "supreme intergalactic overlord"￾ (OK, it was Supreme Allied Commander,
Europe, but close).

26. 10 rounds from the 500-yard line.

27. Per diem.

28. To civilians, every Marine is recon.

29. Recruiting in Texas is like hunting at the zoo.

30. The "boat cloak."￾ Because every super hero needs a cape.

31. You can re-enlist in the IRR.

32. The wallet in your sock.

33. Motivating television commercials.

34. The "horseshoe"￾ haircut, gone but not forgotten.

35. The global address list. Find your buddies and send them links to Marine
Corps Times.

36. Running cadences that mention napalm and Eskimos.

37. Stories that begin with, "So there I was ..."￾

38. Modified parade rest.

39. The transformation. Who you are when you join is not nearly as important
as who you become.

40. Lt. Gen. Jim Mattis getting a fourth star.

41. If you've been on liberty in Twenty-nine Palms, you've been on liberty
in Yuma and Barstow, too.

42. Grooming standards. Not only can you not act like a thug, you cannot
look like a thug.

43. It's not the Army.

44. Women in Manhattan have all seen the Fleet Week episode of "Sex and the

45. Combat shotguns.

46. Combat Action Ribbons. IEDs count now, and should have counted all
along. Duh.

47. The occasional free beer. Wear your blues into a bar and see what

48. After decades of debate, there remains no resolution on whether sand
fleas trump "The Reaper."￾

49. The Corps' doesn't call its officers, commissioned or not, "petty."￾

50. Cpl. Gareth Hawkins, lying on a stretcher after an IED shattered his
leg, demanded re-enlistment before medical evacuation. And got it.

51. Whereas Army, Navy and Air Force jokes are funny, Marine jokes are
potentially dangerous.

52. The occasional friendly debate. Refer to a Marine staff NCO simply as
"Sergeant,"￾ and see what happens.

53. That troublesome "10 percent,"￾ making good Marines look great since

54. Everyone at a high school reunion is obliged to justify his last 10
years, except the guy wearing alphas.

55. As if ranks that include the words "Master"￾ and "Gunnery"￾ aren't
intimidating enough on their own, the Corps uses them both. At once.

56. Soldiers have Hooah Bars. Marines have Ka-Bars. The second will
generally get you the first.

57. The dress code. You can wear your cammies to meet the Commandant or
repair a tank.

58. From "Aliens"￾ to "Doom,"￾ the future vision of warfare almost always
includes Space Marines.

59. The Corps was formed in a bar.

60. Marines predicted the WWII campaigns in the Pacific years earlier and
prepared for the inevitable. So when a Marine says, "Hey, I've been
thinking"¦"￾ perhaps you should take notes.

61. Give a Marine some free time, and he'll rip down your dictator's statue.

62. If it ain't raining, we ain't training.

64. Duty station garden spots: Jacksonville, N.C.; Yuma, Ariz.; Bridgeport,
Calif.; Twenty-nine Palms, Calif. (Yes, we're kidding.)

65. Making morning PT on time.

66. Recruiters who promise everything EXCEPT a rose garden.

67. Mustangs #1. It's easier to take crap from a CO who went to boot camp.

69. Gen. Peter Pace, the first Marine Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He left
his four-star insignia with his fallen comrades at the Vietnam Wall when he
retired. Classy move.

70. The people zapper. Using microwave energy to disperse a crowd sounds
like fun. Semper fry, Gunny.

71. Nothing says "Good morning"￾ like a mouthful of Copenhagen and
freeze-dried coffee.

72. Nothing says "I love you"￾ like a welcome home sheet hanging on a
chain-link fence.

73. Bill Barnes. In June, the former Marine beat the crap out of a
27-year-old pickpocket who tried to make off with his dough. Oh yeah, he's

74. Leftwich Trophy. Heisman winners only think they know about leaving it
all on the field.

75. EOD. If you don't know why this is on the list , defuse the next IED

76. Tax-free combat pay. Doing what you signed up for and not having to give
Uncle Sam a dime back.

77. Montford Point Marines. The first African-American Marines know a little
something about honor, courage and commitment.

78. Front toward enemy. It's not just a visual reference on a Claymore mine,
it's a Marine Corps way of life.

79. Mustangs #2. You know at least three Marines who drive them. It's like a
Ford dealership exploded on base.

80. Fred Smith, founder of FedEx. Only a former Marine could truly
appreciate the value of getting your mail on time.

81. CMC: The tallest member of the Joints Chiefs. OK, so we haven't actually
measured, but he looks the tallest anyway.

82. No more spit shining boots.

83. Chuck Norris was in the Air Force. Steve McQueen was a Marine.

84. The Crucible.

85. 1/9, 2/9 and 3/9. Welcome back, fellas.

86. The FROG uniform. You are now sweat-wickin' AND flame-lickin'.

88. The M4. More rifles in the fight is generally a win-win.

89. MRAPs. Trucks straight out of Mad Max. We still love a good Humvee, but
we loved jeeps, too. Things change.

90. Arty guys who do civil affairs. They blow it up, then they fix it.
Circle of life.

91. Service Charlies. They look so good, the Navy's copying 'em.

92. Fake Marines. No one eats 'em up faster than real Marines.

93. John Lovell. A 71-year-old former Marine is sitting in a Subway
restaurant when two armed men try to rob the place. Lovell grabs his .45,
kills one and wounds the other. No word on how Lovell's sandwich fared.

94. 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Six Navy Crosses so far. Six.

95. Staff Sgt. Lawrence Dean II, aka the "BadAss Marine."￾ He recites a poem.
He gets uploaded to YouTube. Thousands get motivated.

96. Gen. James Conway takes over as the new commandant . Among his demands:
a new PT uniform, new tattoo regs, a plan to add dress blues to the sea bag,
a change-up in medals and 22,000 more Marines. Someone's been thinking about
taking over for a while, huh?

97. Body-fat standards. Everyone hates them, until they see a fat Marine.

98. "Jarhead."￾ Only a former Marine could write a war story about not
fighting anyone and make it last for 200 pages, then get Jamie Foxx to star
in the movie.

99. The Stumps. The Rock. The Sandbox. Oh, the places you'll serve.

101. Tattoos #2. Getting a fallen friend's name tattooed on your other
forearm, and knowing the same.

102. The new PT running suit. Sure, the Army had them first, but the Army
gets most things first.

103. Marine Expeditionary Units: The cheapest cruise you'll ever take.

104. Camp Lejeune: The closest interstate and the nearest good shopping mall
are both at least an hour away.

105. Camp Pendleton: There are roads and malls, but try affording a house
near the main gate.

106. Tattoos #3. Meat tags. Getting your blood type and other info inked on
your ribcage isn't necessarily a bad idea.

107. The Marine Corps is getting bigger. The Navy is getting smaller.

109. 30 days' paid vacation, plus federal holidays off, is obscene by
civilian standards.

110. Maj. Gen. Marion E. Carl, the Corps' first fighter ace. First Marine to
fly a helicopter. Two Navy Crosses, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14
Air Medals. In 1998, the 82-year-old was killed during a home break-in when
he jumped in front of a shotgun blast aimed at his longtime wife, Edna.

111. Tattoos #4. Reaction to the new policy: Conway says sleeves are going
away, Marines run for the chair. Tattoo parlors never saw so much business.

113. Guaranteed pay raises.

114. Marine Security Guard #1. Duty in the Bahamas.

115. Having a WWII Marine say he's proud of you

116. Drew Carey used to be in the Marine Corps Reserve. Now, he's the host
of "The Price is Right."￾

117. Combatant diver pins. No more of that Navy crap.

118. A Red Stripe is a beer, mon. A Blood Stripe is a symbol of pride.

119. NMCI, if only they would remove the "MC."￾

120. You watched "300,"￾ and it reminded you of your unit.

121. The "Det One"￾ .45 pistol. Designed by Marines, for Marines.

122. Combat marksmanship. You are creeping death. And you get graded on it.

123. Never lost six nukes on a plane.

124. Camelbacks. Water tastes like water again.

125. Give a Marine enough free time, and he'll marry your Bahraini princess.

126. Go to YouTube. Type in "bored Marines."￾ Enjoy.

127. When the President gets on a helicopter, it's not called "Army One."￾

128. The opposite of the Peace Corps.

129. Camouflage. You can camouflage anything and make it cool.

130. No Fear #1. Marines aren't scared of anything. Except apricots. And

131. Combat optics on M16s. Leave the iron sights, just in case.

132. "Combat loss"￾ amnesty for missing gear. It's like pleading the fifth.

133. Riding a chartered Continental Airlines flight home from the war zone
with assault weapons stuffed in all the overhead compartments.

134. In combat, the division band becomes a heavy-machine-gun platoon.

135. What do headaches, broken bones, infectious diseases, missing limbs and
hurt feelings all have in common? Motrin. Thanks, Doc.

137. Global instability equals job security.

138. When NMCI goes down, and it will, it's like having the day off.

139. The honor, privilege and responsibility of leading, mentoring and
caring for junior Marines.

140. Gunnery sergeants. Don't know the answer? Ask the gunny. Need
something? Ask the gunny. In trouble? Avoid the gunny.

141. Because Gunny said so.

142. The line to get "tazed"￾ at a military gear expo. Marines will do
anything for a free T-shirt.

143. Deployment reunions. Like reliving your wedding night. Sweet!

144. Gig lines. Even in khakis and a polo shirt.

145. Eight-point covers. Even the uniform stands at attention.

146. Marine Security Guards #2. They're not cute and cuddly, but when they
greet you at the hatch, it's like getting a great big hug from the United
States of America, no matter where you are.

147. The Mameluke sword. Distinctive.

148. The NCO sword. Earned, never given.

149. The World Famous Mud Run. Thousands of people pay good money to run
through 10 clicks of muck every year at Camp Pendleton.

150. John Philip Sousa. A Marine, the nation's March King and composer of
"The Stars and Stripes Forever."￾ Ooh-rah.

151. MRE crackers. Hard as Milk Bones but much tastier. You can almost feel
your teeth getting cleaner as you eat 'em.

152. Jane Wayne Day. She'll never ask about work again.

153. Shirt stays. Or garters. Whatever you call them, they're a triple
whammy, keeping your shirt tucked, your socks up and removing all that
unwanted leg hair.

154. The slogans: "The Few, The Proud, The Marines."￾ "We're Looking For a
Few Good Men,"￾ "Once a Marine, always a Marine,"￾ "Tell that to the Marines."￾
If they could only purchase the rights to Hallmark's "When You Care Enough
to Send the Very Best."￾

155. Speaking of slogans, "The Few, The Proud, The Marines"￾ beat out such
notables as Nike's "Just Do It"￾ and Burger King's "Have It Your Way"￾ for a
2007 spot on the advertising Walk of Fame. Better luck next year, losers.

157. Real duty station garden spots you can go an entire career without
being assigned to: Southern California; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii ; Okinawa,

158. Rear-party Marines. God bless them. Whatever reason they stay behind
injury, impending retirement or being volun-told they are indispensable.
They deserve medals for what they have to deal with while a unit is

159. While field-grade officers are at the company office, company-grade
officers are in the field.

160. Colonels who can take a joke.

161. Free flu shots. And smallpox shots and anthrax shots "¦

162. Former Sgt. Chris Everhart. While camping with his three sons in June
2007, a bear snatched their cooler and made a play for his 6-year-old.
Everhart threw an 18-inch log at the bear's head, cracking its skull before
it could attack and killing it instantly. Then, the park ranger gave him a
ticket for leaving the cooler where the bear could get it.

163. Standards. The Corps doesn't lower the bar when recruiting gets tough.

164. Jim Nabors. "Gomer Pyle"￾ becomes an honorary Marine in 2001 and makes
Lance Corporal. It takes him six years to pin on corporal. Talk about art
imitating life.

165. Vincent D'Onofrio. The other "Private Pyle"￾ is doing pretty well on
"Law and Order: Criminal Intent."￾ He's still weird, though.

166. If you ambush Capt. Brian Chontosh's boys, he's going to take off his
Navy Cross and kill you. Then, he's going to pick up your rifle and kill
your buddies. Then, he's going to pick up your buddy's rifle and kill your
buddy's buddies. Then, he's going to pick up a rocket-propelled grenade
launcher "¦

167. Speaking of the Navy Cross, a combat award second only to the Medal of
Honor, Marines have earned 15 so far in Iraq, plus one in Afghanistan. Of
the six awarded to sailors for those combat zones, five went to SEALs, and
one went to a corpsman who exposed himself repeatedly to enemy fire to
evacuate and treat wounded Marines. Along with Chontosh, the other
recipients include:

168. Gunnery Sgt. Justin D. Lehew.

169. Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Perez.

170. Sgt. Scott C. Montoya.

171. Cpl. Marco A. Martinez.

172. Sgt. Willie L. Copeland.

173. Capt. Brent Morel (posthumous).

174. Sgt. Anthony L. Viggiani.

175. 1st Sgt. Bradley A. Kasal.

176. Cpl. Robert J. Mitchell.

177. Cpl. Dominic Esquibel.

178. Sgt. Jarrett A. Kraft.

179. Cpl. Jeremiah W. Workman.

180. Cpl. Todd Corbin.

181. Sgt. Aubrey L. McDade Jr.

182. Pfc. Christopher Adlesperger (posthumous).

183. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Louis E. Fonseca.

184. Iwo JIMA. Japan might have changed the name to Iwo To, but that doesn't
mean you have to acknowledge it.

185. Col. John Ripley. Received the Navy Cross for the destruction of the
Dong Ha bridge in Vietnam. The Corps takes care of its own. In 2002, with
Ripley near death, doctors finally found a donated liver for his much-needed
transplant. So the Marine Corps sent helicopters and Marines to Philadelphia
to retrieve it, and they personally rushed it back to Washington in time to
save his life.

186. Marine Corps Times isn't a version of Navy Times anymore. How many
careers get their own newspaper?

188. Gatorade bottles wrapped in green, 100 mph tape so as not to offend the
sailors in the room.

189. Camaraderie. Marines will hook you up with their sisters, then punch
you in the mouth for doing what they knew would happen the whole time.

190. Ingenuity. MRE bombs, 101 uses for cleaning rods and iPods wired into
field radio speakers.

191. Getting off the ship.

192. Getting back on the ship.

193. No beach? No problem. Marines inserted 400 miles into landlocked
Afghanistan and created Camp Rhino using CH-53 Sea Stallions. Imagine what
you can invade with the Osprey.

194. Cases and cases of bottled water mean never having to stand behind a
water bull.

195. Race as a nonissue. It wasn't always the case, but three black
Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps in a row show that the Corps has only
one color: green.

196. Every day in the Corps is another reason to celebrate. That's why they
call them working "parties."￾

197. Riddick Bowe had what it took to be boxing's undisputed heavyweight
champ. He did not have what it took to be a Marine.

198. The U.S. Army Band is called "Pershing's Own."￾ The U.S. Marine Corps
Band is called "The President's Own."￾

199. "8th and I."￾ Ten bucks says you have no idea where the Army chief of
staff lives. Commandants don't hide.

200. MRE "rat boxes."￾ How grunts trick-or-treat.

201. The poncho liner. It's a blanket, it's a tent, it's a keeper.

202. Combat fit-reps. People say they're equal to regular fit-reps. People

203. The "E-tool lean."￾ Sailors don't know how good they have it.

204. Navy Lt. Vincent Capodanno, Medal of Honor recipient. If Marines have a
hot line to heaven, Father Capodanno "â€￾ aka the Grunt Padre "â€￾ would take the
call. His body peppered by shrapnel, his right hand nearly severed, the Navy
chaplain and priest crisscrossed a Vietnam battlefield Sept. 4, 1967, to
render last rites to his fallen Marines and corpsmen with 3rd Battalion, 5th
Marines, until 27 rounds from an enemy machine gun took his life. Last year,
the Vatican declared him a "servant of God."￾ Next step, sainthood?

206. Amphibious warfare means always being near the beach.

207. No Fear #2. Talk about the AV-8B Harrier's troubled past all you like,
but brave jump jet pilots are flying missions in Iraq.

208. New Uniforms #2. Wash-and-wear combat uniforms mean no more starch, no
more dry cleaning.

209. Marine air-ground task force. Nothing like controlling the air and the

210. Slapping an eagle, globe and anchor on the back of your car and knowing
it'll get you out of at least one speeding ticket.

211. The Navy wants to put Marines back on warships. It seems that Tomahawk
cruise missiles can't do everything.

212. Liberty in Thailand.

213. Liberty in Australia.

214. Liberty, well, anywhere.

215. The Navy's mascot is a goat. The Corps' mascot is a bulldog. You don't
need Michael Vick to tell you who wins that fight.

216. If you need another occupying land force, you can use the Marine Corps.
If you need another rapidly deployable, sea-based, front-door-kicking,
air-ground team, you can't use the Army.

217. 1775 Rum Punch. Four parts dark rum, two parts lime juice, one part
pure maple syrup, grenadine to taste.

218. "It's fun to shoot some people,"￾ said Lt. Gen. Jim Mattis. He says what
he thinks.

219. The Beirut Memorial Wall. If you ever forget what you're fighting for,
pay a visit.

221. "Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be
guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinburg?

I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for
Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the
luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic,
probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible
to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down, in places
you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on
that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the
backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line.
I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who
rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and
then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just
said thank you, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a
weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you
are entitled to."￾ Jack Nicholson, "A Few Good Men."￾

222. Maj. Meghan McClung, Marine public affairs officer, killed by a
roadside bomb in Iraq while escorting media. The PAO is more than just a

223. Sgt. Rafael Peralta. Like Dunham, he hugged a grenade to save his
buddies in Iraq. No Medal of Honor "¦ yet.

224. Hearing an accidental discharge into the clearing barrel, then waiting
for the Lieutenant to walk inside.

225. Call signs like "Spider"￾ and "Assassin,"￾ and these guys were Generals.

227. Buttered noodles for breakfast.

228. "Every Marine should look like a Marine. But a Marine looks like a
Marine when he's got a bayonet stuck in the enemy's chest."￾ Gen. Robert
Magnus, assistant Commandant, discussing body-fat standards.

229. "Infantry"￾ is the easiest job for recruiters to sell.

230. Being the youngest Marine at the ball.

231. Being the oldest Marine at the ball.

232. The Marine Corps appreciates all you do, all you did, and all you ever
will do. Happy birthday, Marines! Semper Fi.