Happy 237th Birthday, Marines

by Dwayne Kilbourne on November 10, 2012

On November 10, 1775, a brave group of men gathered at Tun Tavern [or was it Conestoga Wagon tavern??] in Philadelphia, PA. The Marine Corps was born, and, ever since, our nation has called upon these warriors to give their all and protect our freedoms. Back in 2000, I became a Marine, and, while I understood a little bit about the Corps prior to that, the honor I felt when I first received the Eagle, Global, and Anchor atop “The Reaper” at the conclusion of [54-hour] The Crucible was magnificent and indescribable. Ever since, my bond with my fellow Band of Brothers has grown. Serving alongside these Leathernecks has been one of the greatest honors I ever had.

Happy Birthday, Marines

Being A Marine

Sometimes, people will ask me what it is like to be a Marine.  I find it difficult to describe – just as difficult to describe how combat is. General William Thornson of the U.S. Army once famously stated the following:

There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.

The men and women who have come before me, those who served with me, and those who will serve today and in the future are great warriors. I entrust that our freedoms are in good hands. As I reflect back, being a Marine is an important aspect of my life. Being a Marine might be hard to define or explain at times, but being a Marine is worth every ounce of sweat, tears, and blood that is shed while in and out of the uniform. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan noted the following:

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.

Sgt Kilbourne (me) 11-2007

Wishing A Safe, Happy Birthday

Each year, Marines from past and present gather and celebrate the traditions and greatness of the Marine Corps. For me, it is one of the greatest highlights of my year. The Marine Corps, while smaller in numbers, lives strong today, and we celebrate that strength. So, today , I ask you to pause and help me wish my fellow Marines a Happy 237th Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Marines. OohRah, and Semper Fidelis!


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  • Mika Douglas

    Thank you for your service. Of course what would be better is a world without war.

  • dwaynekilbourne

    I appreciate that!

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