On this day in 1974, for those who keep track of such things…

…this humble scribe was introduced into the manliest of manly institutions for the purpose of becoming a mean, green, fighting machine. Be durned if’n the time don’t fly. 38 years gone by, and a world of experience to show for it. Remembering a cute poster floating about Facebook the last couple of days:

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be older. This sh!t is not what I expected…”

Can’t say I disagree. 😉

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.
Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.
There’s a fourth verse, unofficial of course, but it deserves mentioning. We’re all friends here. Right?
Again in 1941, we sailed a north’ard course
and found beneath the midnight sun, the Viking and the Norse.
The Iceland girls were slim and fair, and fair the Iceland scenes,
and the Army found in landing there, the United States Marines.

Semper Fi!


Filed under Patriotism, Perspective

4 responses to “On this day in 1974, for those who keep track of such things…

  1. Congrats on your day, Mongo. I recall mine like it was yesterday, and it’s anything BUT.

  2. Mine was on 29 September 1973 at AFEES Butte, Montana. Then got on a plane to Sandy Eggo.
    As for today in 1974, I was serving aboard USS Independence CV-62 while in the Norfolk Naval Ship Yard in Portsmouth getting some stuff tuned up for a Deployment that began in July. That would be my first deployment to The Med…………19 and no clue at all!

  3. Bill Brandt

    Mine was Sep 14, 1972. Drill Sgt came into our old wooden WW2 barracks, said “MY NAME IS DRILL SGT CLAYBORNE!


    I learned quickly to (a) keep as quiet as possible and (b) stand in the middle of the formations 😉

    • My father, a retired AF MSGT (he went in back in 1950, back when the AF was still a military service) told me before I headed of to Navy boot in June ’72 to stay in the middle of the formation and attract as little attention as possible. Alas, we got billet numbers for our squad assignments and had to fall in accordingly. So the advice didn’t help much. Later I found other ways to game the system and attracted as little attention as I needed to and all worked out well.

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