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  • 2008 AMrine Corps Birthday Message by Gen Conway

    UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE - 10 NOVEMBER 2008

    Date Signed: 10/10/2008
    ALMAR Number: 042/08
    R 082000z OCT 08
    ALMAR 042/08
    MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//
    SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE - 10 NOVEMBER 2008//
    POC/SSGT M. BELL/ADMIN CHIEF/UNIT:CMC STAFF GROUP/-
    /TEL:(703) 614-2326//
    GENTEXT/REMARKS/

    1. DURING THE SUMMER OF 1982, IN THE WAKE OF A
    PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE, MARINES WENT ASHORE AT BEIRUT, LEBANON.
    FIFTEEN MONTHS LATER, ON 23 OCTOBER 1983, EXTREMISTS STRUCK THE
    FIRST MAJOR BLOW AGAINST AMERICAN FORCES - STARTING THIS LONG WAR ON
    TERRORISM. ON THAT SUNDAY MORNING, A SUICIDE BOMBER DROVE AN
    EXPLOSIVE-LADEN TRUCK INTO THE HEADQUARTERS OF BATTALION LANDING
    TEAM 1/8, DESTROYING THE BUILDING AND KILLING 241 MARINES AND
    CORPSMEN.

    2. EXTREMISTS HAVE ATTACKED OUR NATION, AT HOME AND ABROAD,
    NUMEROUS TIMES SINCE THAT FATEFUL DAY IN BEIRUT. THEIR AIM HAS
    ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME - TO KILL AS MANY INNOCENT AMERICANS AS
    POSSIBLE. THE ATTACKS OF 11 SEPTEMBER 2001 CHANGED OUR NATION
    FOREVER, AND OUR PRESIDENT HAS RESOLVED THAT THIS NATION WILL NOT
    STAND IDLE WHILE MURDEROUS TERRORISTS PLOT THEIR NEXT STRIKE.
    MARINES WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY - HITTING THEM
    ON THEIR OWN TURF, CRUSHING THEM WHEN THEY SHOW THEMSELVES, AND
    FINDING THEM WHERE THEY HIDE.

    3. ONLY A FEW AMERICANS CHOOSE THE DANGEROUS, BUT NECESSARY, WORK
    OF FIGHTING OUR NATION'S ENEMIES. WHEN OUR CHAPTER OF HISTORY IS
    WRITTEN, IT WILL BE A SAGA OF A SELFLESS GENERATION OF MARINES WHO
    WERE WILLING TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR OUR NATION; TO DEFEND THOSE
    WHO COULD NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES; TO THRIVE ON THE HARDSHIP AND
    SACRIFICE EXPECTED OF AN ELITE WARRIOR CLASS; TO MARCH TO THE SOUND
    OF THE GUNS; AND TO ABLY SHOULDER THE LEGACY OF THOSE MARINES WHO
    HAVE GONE BEFORE.

    4. ON OUR 233RD BIRTHDAY, FIRST REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND
    THOSE "ANGELS" WHO HAVE FALLEN - OUR REPUTATION WAS BUILT ON THEIR
    SACRIFICES. REMEMBER OUR FAMILIES; THEY ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES WHOSE
    SUPPORT AND DEDICATION ALLOW US TO ANSWER OUR NATION'S CALL.
    FINALLY, TO ALL MARINES AND SAILORS, KNOW THAT I AM PROUD OF YOU AND
    WHAT YOU DO. YOUR SUCCESSES ON THE BATTLEFIELD HAVE ONLY ADDED TO
    OUR ILLUSTRIOUS HISTORY. GENERAL VICTOR H. "BRUTE" KRULAK SAID IT
    BEST WHEN HE WROTE, "... THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT NEED A MARINE
    CORPS ... THE UNITED STATES WANTS A MARINE CORPS." YOUR ACTIONS, IN
    IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, AND ACROSS THE GLOBE, ARE AT THE CORE OF WHY
    AMERICA LOVES HER MARINES.

    5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES AND SEMPER FIDELIS! JAMES T. CONWAY,
    GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS//
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    ...And shephards we shall be. For thee my lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from thy hand. That our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to thee. And teeming with souls shall it ever be. E Nomini Patri, E Fili, E Spiritu Sancti.

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