Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In honor of the United States Marine Corps’ 235th birthday, I am happy to post the traditional message from the commandant. This year, the honor falls to Gen. James F. Amos, who took over as the Marine Corps’ 35th commandant on Oct. 22. Gen. Amos served at Camp Lejeune as the commanding officer of II Marine Expeditionary Force from July 2004 to July 2006.

SIXTY YEARS AGO, the United States Marine Corps — as it has throughout our history — demonstrated its vital role as America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness. Just weeks after North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th Parallel, the First Marine Provisional Brigade landed in South Korea, forming the backbone of the perimeter around the city of Pusan. The efforts of the “Fire Brigade” at Pusan allowed for the daring amphibious landing at Inchon and set the stage for one of the most savage campaigns in our Corps’ history — the Chosin Reservoir. As we pause to celebrate our 235th Birthday, we pay special tribute to the Marines of the Korean War and recognize their contributions to our enduring legacy.

This past year marked the end of Marine Corps combat operations in Iraq. Beginning with the invasion in March 2003 and through the next seven years of fighting, our Corps acquitted itself valiantly in the Anbar province and throughout the country. Locations such as Fallujah and Ramadi have taken their place in the illustrious battle history of our Corps. Our efforts in defeating the insurgency helped to build a brighter future for all Iraqis.

For 235 years, at sea and ashore, Marines have succeeded in every clime and place … where hardship and adversity have often been the common thread. Today, in the rugged mountains and valleys of Afghanistan — and recently in earthquakedamaged Haiti… in floodravaged Pakistan… or off the coast of Africa — we continue to protect our Nation, just as we did 60 years ago in Korea.

To the Marines and Sailors deployed overseas, to those training and preparing for their next deployment and to the warriors who no longer wear our uniform… we honor your selfless service to the Nation. To our loved ones who endure the many difficulties that come with being part of the Marine Family, I want to extend my sincerest thanks for all you have done and all you continue to do.

Happy 235th Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,
James F. Amos
U.S. Marine Corps

Please pray for the members of the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment called "Darkhorse" - they have lost 13 members in Afghanistan since October, including 2 killed by a sniper and 4 killed in a bombing within the last week. The 3/5 is made up of  H&S Co, India Co, Kilo Co, Lima Co, and Weapons Co. My son was in Kilo Co...he was able to find out some of the names of the fallen. Pray for the families of the KIA Marines, and their brothers-in-arms still in harm's way.

And if you have room for more prayer, please pray for my son Ben- he has to struggle with the knowledge that the men he trained with are in Afghanistan and he is not...And I remember in prayer virtually every day his other Marine buds from our church, Gerald Sorrell and Steven Sallee. May they come safely home soon.

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