Happy 241st Birthday (A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS)

Happy 241st Birthday (A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS)

Each year on or around 10 November, Marines gather in groups large and small to celebrate our history, honor the memory of those who have gone before us, and rekindle the bond that unite all generations of Marines. This year, we mark the 241st anniversary of our Corps- 241 years of uncommon valor, innovation, and combat excellence.

Marines, we are part of something bigger than any of us could imagine. Whether you fought in the battles of World War I, in the Pacific during World War II, in Korea or Vietnam, in Desert Shield or Desert Storm, or in the street of Iraq and Afghanistan – or you are just starting out on your Marine Corps journey- we are all part of an elite family of warriors. For the rest of your life, the first term people use to describe you will be “Marine.”

When the Continental Congress stood up two battalions of Marines in 1775, a culture of discipline, vigilance, professionalism, and military excellence was born that characterized our Corps for nearly two and a half centuries. As Marines, we have a profound respect for our traditions and heritage, and for taking care of each other. We know we’re strongest when we’re together as a team. Wherever you are celebrating our Corps’ birthday this year, look around at the Marines beside you and remember the bonds forged in training, in garrison, and in combat. Take this time to reconnect.

We are Marines for life. It’s our responsibility, our duty, to maintain and build upon the legacy of those who have gone before us. What we do today, guided by what we’ve learned from past generations, will determine the future of our Corps. So as we celebrate this 241st anniversary of our Corps, we also look ahead an prepare for our next success. Take pride in carrying our legacy forward.

Happy Birthday Marines!

Semper Fidelis,
Robert B. Neller
General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps

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36 comments


  • Burger

    First, Happy 241st. I was not a Marine, but did 3 years in Helmand with the Marines building FOBs and other support. The culture is dear to me. I continue to support all vets through a program called Vets on the Farm, that offers education and assistance to all vets interested in agriculture (from farm to fork) after getting out, offering employment, materials, and advice through my general contracting business. I too think the new format is awkward and hard reading. The comment section might be better, but the rest sucks. I have deleted all newsletters since the first couple, but decided to check back in to see if ithad improved. When I saw the comments, I had to add my support. Oorah!, gents. Semper Fi.


  • Roy Montana 1960 – 1966

    As an old Marine who looks forward to all posts on Sgt. Grits website, I must say that your new format is less than acceptable. Continued use of this format will result in loss of readers and customers. And I will lead the charge. Semper Fi.


  • Pressley w. Gerau Hotel company 2nd battilion 1st marines

    To all fellow marines happy 241 served 1969 to always . Semper Fi


  • Sgt Nick Biangel

    Happy Birthday to all my Brothers and Sisters in the Corps. Semper FI !!!


  • Cpl Radtke T.A.

    Happy Birthday Devil Dogs, celebrate like Marines and make all others envious and honored to be in your presence. OOOOOH Rah Semper Fi.


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