Semper Fi 1775-2006

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Old 11-09-06, 06:15 PM
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Semper Fi 1775-2006

Continental Congress, 10 November 1775

"Resolved, That two Battalions of Marines be raised,.....that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required: that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines...."
 
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Old 11-13-06, 08:38 AM
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sorry......what does all that mean?
 
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Old 11-13-06, 09:08 AM
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That's the wording of the document that created the Marine Corps. Interesting that that the 'Corps actually predates the country. I just don't see the part here about recruits being checked to see if their head fits in the jar.... Sorry, TG, just couldn't resist on that one.
 
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Old 11-13-06, 09:22 AM
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cool! found this out, too:

semper=always
fidelius= faithful
latin term used as the motto of the US Marine Corps.

always faithful = the motto of the U S Marine Corps, the Corps will always be faithful to you as long as you are faithfull to it, once a Marine, always a Marine.

(not everyone knows this stuff, TG!)
 
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Old 11-13-06, 11:02 AM
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Sorry Annette, meant to add some commentary about the Marine Corps birthday, but had to run off and didn't get back to do it. Thanks for the assist, Mitch (and Annette). And BTW, I'm really not old enough to have been there at the beginning when they started signing people up at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.

Complete info is here:
http://hqinet001.hqmc.usmc.mil/HD/Historical/Customes_Traditions/Birthday_Celebration.htm
 
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Old 11-13-06, 11:14 AM
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OH! November 10th...........i figured it was something relating to Veteran's Day. der!
 
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