A Marine Sergeant wrote this in response to an army guy who posted a
comment on the Marine Corps site that he was sick and tired of "Marine
The Sergeant says...
"I think that's what makes Marines special, if only in our own minds,
is that elusive Quality of Esprit De Corps. It's the fact that we, as
individual Marines, don't feel that we are individual Marines. When we
wear our uniform, when we hear our Hymn, when we go into battle, we are
going with every other Marine who ever wore the uniform.
Standing behind us are the Marines who fought during the birth Of our
nation. We're standing with the Marines who fought in WWI and gave
birth to the legend of the "Tueful Hunden", or "Devil Dogs". We are
standing with the Marines who took Iwo and Tarawa and countless other
blood soaked islands throughout the Pacific.
We are standing with the "Frozen Chosin" and our beloved Chesty Puller.
We are standing with the Marines who battled at Hue City and Khe Sanh
and the muddy rice paddies of South East Asia. We are standing with the
Marines who fought in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and now, are
fighting in Afghanistan.
Like real brothers, their blood courses through our veins, and when we
go into battle, we would rather lay down our lives than be a
disappointment to them. We carry on our backs, their legacy, their
deaths and their honor. We carry that for the rest of our lives.
The Marines Corps uniform doesn't come off when our active duty is
over. We wear it daily in our attitude, and our love of Corps and
country. We wear it on our tattoos and our bumper stickers. We wear it
in our hearts.
It's why, no matter where we are in the world, on November 10th, every
Marine celebrates the Marine Corps birthday. It's why we'll never be an
army of 1. It's why we never stop being Marines. It's why, for most of
us, being a Marine isn't something we were. It's something we are.
It's the most important part of who and what we are. Some say we're
arrogant. We say we're proud. We have a right to be proud. We are the
United States Marines The most feared and ferocious group of warriors
to walk the face of this earth.
When Americas' enemies formulate their battle plans, they plan on going
around Marine units, because they know D-mn well that they can't go
through th em. We are what other branches wish they were.
We are the modern day Spartans. This isn't bragging. It's written in
the battle history of our country. When there's a parade and the
Marines march by, everyone pays a little more attention. Some say
"arrogance". We call it "pride". It's why, in a crowd of service men,
you can always spot the Marine. Why are Marines special? I don't know.
We just are.