Marine Corps Birthday

My dad’s second tour of Vietnam was from May 1968 until June 1969. He related a few stories about his time in country when he thought about them. One story had to do with celebrating Marine Corps Birthday in 1968. He told me his unit was out in the field and he was acting field first sergeant. He got a call on the radio letting him know that bad weather was expected later that week and that they might not be able to fly out hot meals and beer for the troops in the field to celebrate. He was told they could fly out the next day (not MC Bday) with the supplies. My dad says he replied that if they were to do that, then it would just be another beer party. He said mid day on November 10th the weather broke just enough and they heard the helos inbound loaded up with hot chow and beer for a proper celebration

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14 thoughts on “Marine Corps Birthday”

  1. Happy Birthday Marines! Funny thing I was in the Corps almost 3 years and had 3 Marine Corps Birthdays , and I can’t remember any of them except where I was. 10 Nov 67, Parris Island, 10 Nov 68, Liberty Bridge RVN, 10 Nov 69, Rifle Range Lejeune. Harry 1371 USMC 10 Oct 67 – 14 Aug 70 Semper Fi!

    1. Harry, I was wondering why nothing said about Birthday leading up to it, Happy belated to you and all the others, to who it matters. I had 4 when I was in, 10 Nov 66 at home on leave before heading to Vietnam, 10 Nov 67 Dong Ha just back from Hospital in Japan, 10 Nov 68 Camp Pendleton, 10 Nov 69 Brig in Okinawa serving 30 day sentence for 3 hrs late coming off liberty. Only did half the time though. Murray 1371 Vietnam 66Dec- 68Aug back in 69May-69Aug, went with 1/9, 2/9, 3/9, 2/26 and others many operations.

      1. I was wondering the same, I was waiting for someone to say something, now I ask myself “Why didn’t I “. Nick 0311 67-69

      2. Wow Murray 30 days for being late from liberty? Are you sure you didn’t hit someone? The worst I ever got was restriction. Not saying you didn’t but, Wow! Bill 0331 E-2/1

        1. That’s, what the Brig Warden said, he even thought they might have typed it wrong and meant restriction, so he called them, after he called me to his office and said your going to have to stay someone out there doesn’t like you .No I didn’t hit anyone, just got back at 0400 instead of 0100. Court Marshalled, Division reviews all Court Marshals that is why they got me out after 15 days, that and I only had 8 days left to do in The Corps.

          1. I received 1 week restriction and was fined $20.00 for not emptying a shit can after being told to by the company Gunny Harry 1371

    2. Places I remember celebrating the birthday:
      US Embassy celration Kuala Lampur Malaysia (my father was with USAID in Vietnam and the family was in KL) 1968
      Camp Lejeune the day before I was commissioned in 1970.
      Middle of the Indian Ocean aboard the USS Constitution as part of the Marine Detachment
      1974
      Upper MEU camp PI 1984
      Army Command and Staff College Ft Leavenworth 1975
      ( those Army officers considered it an honor to be invited to our celebration)
      Okinawa 1989
      Those really stuck in my mind.
      Semper Fi all

  2. Aloha! Happy birthday to my beloved MARINE CORPS! And shout out to Marines deployed worldwide to every clime and place especially the Big Island Marine Veterans and Marines training at Pohakuloa. SEMPER FI!

    1. KAPENA WAS THEIR IN 57 IN QUOSUT HUTS COLDER THAN WELL DIGGERS ASS 30 DAYS WITH 2/4 MORTARS THEY GAVE US CINDERELA LIBERTY TRUCKED US IN 6X6S TO HILO ENDED UP IN THE LAVA PIT THE FIRST GIN MILL ACROSS TH BRIDGE ,THE TRIP BACK WAS A CHAMBER OF HORRERS EVERY BODY DRUNK . 2 GUYS IN THE BACK OF THE TRUCK WERE TRYING TOO THROW A S/SGT OFF THE TAIL END THEY HAD GOT IN A BATTLE IN TOWN AND WAS GOING TOO FINISH IT IN THE TRUCK RIDE BACK TOO BASE 3 OF US SAVED HIS LIFE.

      1. Shamrock, quonset huts are still the norm up there at pohakuloa! And cold still! So funny your story,so relatable as numerous times we’d hit the ville be it at Pearl Harbor fighting with squids at the
        E club or the Boogie street brawl in Singapore, or scrapping among ourselves! That’s what happens when you throw a bunch of alpha males together and serve alcohol! God bless our Marines!

  3. First Birthday in 1971 while at The Basic School. The 10th was on a Wednesday but for all of us 2/Lts the celebration was held on Saturday 6 Nov. My best friend in my Platoon and I did not have dates so when the cake cutting ended we left and drove to Baltimore. My friend was a key holder and we went to the Playboy Club. We were in our Dress Blues and had quite the time to say the least. We never paid for a drink and spent the night dancing with the Bunnies. For years I had been drooling over the pictures in Playboy, now I was struggling not to drool while slow dancing with a Bunny in my arms. I had other great Birthdays over the 20 years I spent in our beloved Corps, but nothing like my first one.

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