The U.S. Marine Corps Celebrates It’s 240th Birthday


The U.S.M.C. 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.
My rifle, without me, 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 myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself 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, but peace!

PS: Due to the magic of time zones, it’s still yesterday on the left coast.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Although the Marine Corps was organized during the Revolution, its first action as an expeditionary force came in 1805, when President Jefferson sent them “to the shores of Tripoli.” Just in case anyone thinks that American involvement in that part of the world began recently.

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    • Gary

      The Marine Corps may be 240 years old but not the USMC because the sign I saw for the Marines claimed it was Since 1787 .
      It was 1776 when the Declaration for Independence was made but it wasn’t until 11 years later that all the States struck an agreement to their terms to form the official United states which makes more sense for 1787 as being the real date for the USMC.

      Chrysler tried to hijack D-Day in an AD when they showed the Jeeps on the beaches and used by the Military in the War effort.
      But prior to WW2 Willy’s and Overland had merged and was behind designing a General-Purpose ( GP known as GEEP by mistake ) vehicle for the US army .
      By 1954 Nash and Hudson became American Motors and started the Rambler series that actually became the only Auto Company in Detroit in 1959 that showed an increase in sales after the 1957 peak post-war .
      AMC had bought the Jeep model production from Kaiser in 1970 which bounced around to Renault and was then bought outright in 1987 .

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    • mauser 98

      thanks dad