Before I fully get into this article I must apologize as the Army and Marines have a unique bond and with the bonds of that brotherhood comes a rivalry we poke fun at each other and talk shit about each other, but in the end we are brothers and any thoughts or notions to the contrary is not intended. This being said I am an Army infantry Vet. and as such may imply or say something without thought please remember we are family because I say something about my siblings in the Corps does not give those who have not served the right to join in it is a family messing around with each other, but we do not let others tear down our brother’s and sister’s.
Born in Tun Tavern on November 10th, 1775 only a month after the Navy was voted into creation. They were to be infantry that fought on sea and land; these men were primarily tasked with fending off boarding parties when naval combat was done by wooden ships. This job description changed and evolved over the years as combat in all fields has. This was to include their job description to be from protecting the sailors from becoming an expeditionary force as well as an amphibious assault. The Marine Corps was essential in the campaign of the barbary coast and dealing with pirate’s and slavers though they are under the branch of the Navy they are their own entity and have conducted some of the best, and the hardest campaign’s all well living by their motto “ Semper Fidelis” the Latin phrase meaning “Always Faithful”. Well, the Army was making history with the most massive Amphibious assault ever undertaken on the other side of the planet the Marines where leading the hardest fought campaign where every inch was paid for in their blood to take island after island in the Pacific as they fought the Japanese back to their island and to a surrender.
The Corps has been instrumental in many distinguished moments of shaping our country, and ill admit it they have both the ugliest PT uniforms and the best Dress uniforms. The marines live by the Rifleman’s Creed.
This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. My rifle and I know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit.
My rifle is human, even as I am human. Because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, its sights, and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other.
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it. Until Victory is America’s and there is no enemy.
Through the generations there have been a few distinguished and well know marines to the rest of the world but the two most common are General Mattis and Gunnery Sargent R. Lee Ermey most of the time though they are easy to spot from their dress and the way they present themselves Marines are not widely notable in the public domain they work together as a team and a cohesive unit there are no major glory seeker’s or famous names other than the ones who find public office or become a star and bring untold knowledge to the eyes of millions to help their brothers.