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Greatest Toast Ever

Posted by Sgt Grit Staff
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Richard Brugger Pvt Richard and John at Boot Camp Graduation

I think on this 10 November, the occasion of the 238st Birthday of our beloved Corps, possibly I am overdoing it a bit... nah, our birthday comes only once a year. So celebrate, yes celebrate, not celibate.

The chap in the first attached photo is me... "richard" taken two days ago.

The second photo is Graduation Day Plt. 344, "Pvt. Richard" on the left, and on the right is John, remember he was from Erie, PA.

Love! No greater love! Today it is worth remembering love... love of our families, our Corps, our country.

On the occasion marking the 203rd Birthday of the US Marine Corps, 1978, onboard Camp Lejeune, N.C. and in the presence of several thousand Marines and their Ladies, General Louis H. Wilson, then Commandant of the Marine Corps, arose to deliver his long awaited address to the troops.

He approached the dais, nodded to the Commanding Generals of the Base, FSSG and the Division. He then proceeded to explain to the captive masses that he would be short on words that night.

Then he turned to his bride, took a glass, and amid absolute DEAD SILENCE, offered this Toast and promptly SAT DOWN!


"The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
The love of a staunch, true man,
The love of a baby, unafraid,
Have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves,
The quintessence of loves,
Even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
of one drunken Marine for another."

The WHOOPIN' and HOLLERIN' went on for a good 10 minutes!

This has to be the greatest toast ever offered to our fellow Marines, our Corps, and to love!

Happy Birthday Marines...

Richard Brugger
Sgt. USMC 


  1. Murray Williams November 21 2013, 6:16 pm

    Love - Toast - My daughter got married in Tuscaloosa, AL in May after just graduating from the University of Alabama.  Several weeks prior to the wedding I was informed by my wife that I would be required to give a toast at the wedding dinner party the night before the wedding.  I had received an email from an old Marine buddy who I served with which is the greatest toast of all time that General Lewis Wilson the commandant made in 1978 Marine Corps birthday party at Camp Lejeune.  After quite some time I finally learned it.  The restaurant was packed most of their friends had given their toast and finally I decided it was my time. I stood up… paused until the place got quiet… took a deep breath… let half of it out… then squeezed out the toast.  I inserted my daughter’s and her fiance’s names where two drunken Marines goes. My daughter was very proud of her old Marine dad.  Had several people comment what a great toast.

    Semper Fi                                                              
    SGT Murray Williams  
    USMC 1963-1966

  2. esteban montoya November 23 2013, 12:28 am

    Thank you, my brothers you are. SEMPER - FI to you all. Past, present, and future. Integrity will be your (our), strength. Forever

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