Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on November 10, 2010
Happy 235th birthday, Marine Corps! Bless our active duty and retired vets for the numerous sacrifices they have made for this country. As I’ve written before, being a US Marine is NOT for the weak. America is grateful to them for being the elite warriors that they are, and salute them for their valor and their many sacrifices protecting and serving our nation.
Each of them is a hero.
In celebration of the corps’ birthday, here are a few Marine jokes to make you grin (hunting down clean ones was a real challenge, LOL).
During mail call one evening at Marine Corps boot camp, I received several letters from home. The drill instructor was getting irritated at having to keep calling my name. “You must have a lot of people at home who like you, huh?” he barked.
“Sir, no, sir!” I shouted.
“Oh, so you’re calling me a liar?” goaded the DI.
Trained as a Marine to think quickly on my feet, I yelled out, “Sir, creditors, sir!”
The DI had to leave the room so we wouldn’t see him laughing.
Best Comeback Line
This is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of a National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female broadcaster and US Marine Corps General Reinwald who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout troop visiting his military installation.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?
GENERAL REINWALD: We’re going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That’s a bit irresponsible, isn’t it?
GENERAL REINWALD: I don’t see why, they’ll be properly supervised on the rifle range.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don’t you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?
GENERAL REINWALD: I don’t see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.
FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you’re equipping them to become violent killers.
GENERAL REINWALD: Well, you’re equipped to be a prostitute, but you’re not one, are you?
The radio went silent and the interview ended.
Dark and Stormy Night
It was a dark, stormy, night. The Marine was on his first assignment, and it was guard duty.
A General stepped out taking his dog for a walk. The nervous young Private snapped to attention, made a perfect salute, and snapped out “Sir, Good Evening, Sir!”
The General, out for some relaxation, returned the salute and said, “Good evening soldier, nice night, isn’t it?”
Well, it wasn’t a nice night, but the Private wasn’t going to disagree with the General, so the he saluted again and replied, “Sir, Yes Sir!”
The General continued, “You know there’s something about a stormy night that I find soothing, it’s really relaxing. Don’t you agree?”
The Private didn’t agree, but them the private was just a private, and responded, “Sir, Yes Sir!”
The General, pointing at the dog, “This is a Golden Retriever, the best type of dog to train.”
The Private glanced at the dog, saluted yet again and said, “Sir, Yes Sir!”
The General continued, “I got this dog for my wife.”
The Private simply said, “Good trade, Sir!”
A squad of Marines were driving up the highway between Basra and Baghdad. They came upon an Iraqi soldier badly injured and unconscious.
Nearby, on the opposite side of the road, was an American Marine in a similar, but less serious state. The Marine was conscious and alert. As first aid was given to both men, the Marine was asked what had happened.
The Marine reported; “I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway. Coming south was a heavily armed Iraqi soldier.”
“What happened then?” the corpsman asked.
“I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable piece of crap, and he yelled back: ‘Barack Obama is a miserable piece of crap’.”
“We were standing there shaking hands when a truck hit us.”
The Few. The Proud. The Marines. | 1980s Recruitment PSA
The Few. The Proud. The Marines. | 2009 Recruitment PSA
From the US Air Force website, Air Force leaders send birthday messages to Marine Corps:
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy salute the Marine Corps on its 235th birthday Nov. 10.
Secretary Donley wrote a letter to the secretary of the Navy stating:
“Congratulations as you celebrate the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Having served faithfully for over two centuries, thriving in adversity no matter how brutal the circumstances, and with unmatched courage and conviction, U.S. Marines have answered the nation’s call with distinction. America’s Airmen are honored to stand firmly with our Marine Corps partners for the timeless cause of freedom. We salute you on this historic day.”
General Schwartz wrote a letter to the commandant of the Marine Corps stating:
“Congratulations to the U.S. Marine Corps on 235 years of service to our great nation. The Marine heritage is rich in courage, honor, and commitment. Today’s Marine represents a legacy of dedication and sacrifice, and embodies the same warrior ethos that has prevailed for more than two centuries. The men and women of the U.S. Air Force are proud to serve with the U.S. Marine Corps in defending our nation’s freedoms, and protecting our way of life. Happy birthday to the Marines!”
Chief Roy wrote a letter to the sergeant major of the Marine Corps stating:
“Congratulations to the men and women of the Marine Corps as you celebrate your service’s 235th birthday. From the halls of Montezuma to the current fights around the world, your Marines’ pride has shown through as you helped keep America secure. I speak for all of America’s enlisted Airmen when I say thank you for your many contributions to our national security. We are proud to serve with your and call you comrades in arms. Happy birthday!”
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.
— Ronald Reagan
If you want to do something for our deployed troops this year, like send Christmas cards or morale-building care packages to those serving overseas in either the Marines, Army, Air Force, or Navy, go to the Frugal Café US Troops main directory for information on how to easily (and frugally, of course!) do that. I’ve written a number of articles with directions and tips on how to package and mail to APOs and FPOs, what our deployed troops can and can’t receive in Muslim countries, what forms are needed with packages, donations desired for Afghan and Iraqi children, and more. You don’t need to spend a fortune… even a card or letter is appreciated. It lets them know we’ve not forgotten them, that America cares.
Let freedom ring and may God bless our military and God bless America! Happy birthday, USMC!