Marine Corps Birthday Message

General Lejeune’s Birthday Message

On November 1st. 1921, John A. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, directed that a reminder of the Corps be published by every command, to all Marines throughout the globe, on the Birthday of the Corps. Since the day, Marines have continued to distinguish themselves on many battlefields and foreign shores, in war and peace. On this Birthday of the Corps, therefore, in compliance with the will of the 13th Commandant, Article 38 United States Marine Corps Manual, Edition of 1921, is published as follows:

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Sword Care and Maintenance

Instructions for Sword Care and Maintenance

Stainless steel, thought by many to be invulnerable to corrosion, is not blemish proof. With stainless steel, one must be more cautious because of the evidence of corrosion does not show itself as quickly as it does on carbon spring steel. If the blade is touched with a finger and merely wiped off with a soft rag, that finger print will be permanently etched into the steel forever! In time, the print will become more and more visible and pronounced.

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Flag Order of Precedence

Order of precedence when displaying miltitary flags together

In addition to belonging to the Marine Corps League, I also belong to an American Legion Post. Recently, our post purchased service flags to be displayed in the post home. I keep telling the former Navy members that the Marine Corps flag is displayed after the Army flag but before the Navy Flag. They have yet to get it through their head even after I have shown them a joint color guard with the Marine Corps flag after the Army and before the Navy, So I am taking this document to the next post meeting. DOD Directive 1005.8 spells it out and I have included some official scoop for all who read this column as this is a very very common mistake which is created in a lot of veteran organization homes:

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The Story of the Stamp

Story of the Stamp

The GySgt John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment was first presented on Basilone Day 19 February 2004, at the Freedom Museum in Manassas, Virginia to Sergeant Major C.A. “Mack” McKinney [USMC ret]. Brooks Corely, at the time National Executive Director for the Marine Corps League was asked to choose to whom the award would be presented. The award was presented by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sergeant Major Estrada.

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Eulogy for a Fallen Marine

Eulogy for a Fallen Marine
Compiled by R. E. “Pat” Ruckstuhl, Sgt USMC 1966-1972

“Once a Marine Always a Marine” A eulogy to (Rank and Name of Fallen Marine)

(Photograph of Deceased Marine)

Service Record:

(Marines Name and Rank) entered the USMC (date).
He served with the (Battalion, Regiment, and Division).
During his tour of duty he received (from DD-214Decorations, Medals, Badges and commendations) Separation of Service was (date separated).

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Marine Attack Squadron 231

Corps Oldest Squadron Commemorates 75 Years
By LCpl Rick Jakubowski
JPAO, MCAS, Cherry Point, NC
Marines September 1994
Submitted by: Norris Gwin

MCAS Cherry Point, NC

From dropping hand grenades from the cockpits of bi-planes to the precision bombing of the AV-8B Harrier II, Marine Attack Squadron 231 has come a long way in its close-air support role.

Through three-quarters of a century, the Corps’ oldest squadron has developed a rich tradition of courage and spirit, sentiments reflected in the faces of the retired Marine Corps pilots who were here to celebrate the squadron’s 75th Anniversary in June.

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Ribbon Precedence Chart

U.S. Marine Corps Correct Order Of Ribbon Wear

Below is a list of Marine Corps Ribbons in the order of precedence (from top left). Visit our Ribbon Precedence Layout Page for an automatic layout of your personal ribbons.

Medal of Honor
Navy Cross
Defense Dist. Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion Of Merit
Distinguished Flying
Navy & Marine Corps Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Combat Action Medal
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Merit. Unit Commendation
Navy “E” Ribbon
Prisoner of War Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Selected Marine Corps Rsv. Med.
Marine Corps Exp. Medal
China Service Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Eur.- African-Mid East Campaign
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service
Medal for Humane Action
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Antarctica Service Medal
Armed Forces Exp. Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary
Global War on Terrorism Service
Korean Defense Service
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Outstanding Volunteer Svc. Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon
Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
Marine Security Guard Ribbon
Armed Forces Res. Medal
Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon
Foreign Decoration
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Philippine Defense Ribbon
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Philippine Independence Ribbon
United Nations Service Medal
United Nations Medal
NATO Medal
Multinational Force & Observers Medal
Inter-American Defense Board Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)
Republic of Korea Service

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History Of The USMC Emblem and Seal

History Of The Marine Corps Emblem and Seal

The history of the Marine Corps emblem is a story related to the history of the Corps itself. The emblem of today traces its roots to the designs and ornaments of early Continental Marines as well as British Royal Marines. The emblem took its present form in 1868. Before that time many devices, ornaments, and distinguishing marks followed one another as official marks of the Corps.

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