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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 17:26

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This being the birthdate of the US Marine Corps, it's as good an opportunity as any to introduce to The Hatch Mr Ken Estes.

Ken has the double-privilige of having been a Marine officer and a tanker, he is an author of a number of books on the Corps amongst other subjects, and has also recently completed the official history of the US Marines in Iraq 2003-2006. Please make him welcome.

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Happy Birthday, U.S. Marines!

You started recruiting on this day in 1775, and since then performed admirably, protecting naval bases and ships at sea from internal and external threats, and led the landing parties ashore on raids and other missions. However, beginning in the 20th Century you began to build in training and experience to the foremost amphibious landing force, while at the same time participating in land campaigns. In the air, on land and sea, you have vanquished the enemy and secured the peace.

Most Americans, including some who know little specific about the Corps, recognize marines as the national force in readiness. Such tried and true phrases as “Call out the Marines!” or “The situation is well in hand,” or “Tell it to the Marines” have entered American speech and voice the country’s attitude. The existence of this nationwide feeling makes the Marine Corps a national institution. Above all, the public has maintained a consistent view of the Corps. It goes like this: First, that wherever there is a crisis demanding U.S. military action, there will be Marines ready and able to go there in an instant. Second, once on the scene, those Marines will perform in a highly effective manner and restore the situation in our favor, without ex­ception. Finally, the public believes that the Corps is a good thing to have around and that it consists of sound, energetic young men and women upon whom the na­tional trust can be bestowed.

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In modern times, marines began to use armored fighting vehicles and built a formidable fighting force with them. Purchasing two armored cars in 1916  led to an armored car squadron for constabulary duty.

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The Marine Corps seriously looked at tanks during World War I and began experiments with a light tank platoon starting in 1922, when the new amphibious landing mission was tested and refined. Starting in 1936, the Corps took new production  light tanks, scout cars, tank destroyers, amphibious tanks and medium tanks in hand. The Corps was first to place an organic tank battalion in its infantry divisions, a practice continued to the present day.

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At the end of World War II, the over 500,000 man force operated six divisional tank battalions and three armored amphibian battalions, along with eleven battalions of amphibious troop carriers. By then, many Marine Corps innovations had taken place to perfect amphibious operations with armored vehicles and tank infantry cooperation ashore. The refinements in tank-infantry tactics, troop telephones, armored flame weapons and amphibious tanks continued as postwar trademarks of the USMC tank force.

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The Corps was the main U.S. user of heavy tanks, 1956-72, and reintroduced at the same time the tank destroyer to service in the diminutive M50 Ontos.

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Even as the heavies, flame tanks, armored amphibians and tank destroyers left service, the Corps geared up for the challenges of the last decades of the century and today with battalions of third generation tanks, amphibious fighting vehicles and a family of wheeled light armored vehicles to fight full spectrum of warfare.

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World of Tanks and I salute you and wish you every success in the future!

Time2Fly #2 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 17:41

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oh how i love the U.S. Marines,  :Smile_honoring:

zentraedi #3 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 18:02

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Ditto... Excellent Post!

DarkElf #4 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 18:02

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Reading the title, at first i think this article will be about future powered armored marine   :Smile-hiding:

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Semper Fi Devil Dogs. I was a TOW Gunner for 8the Marines for years. Priveledged to be called on of "The Few, the Proud" Happy Birthday brothers!

FreeFOXMIKE #6 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 18:08

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I was Airborne Long Range Scout Army ,but in 2004-2005 we were assigned to the 2nd  Marines at TQ and was one of my best Combat deployments.

http://ts1.mm.bing.n...b7ef769e05c2814
how we lived back then Video of tent hit by shrapnel from an Iraqi rocket air burst at FOB TQ Iraq




and the Marines Future who knows  :



Lafayette_Pool #7 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 18:25

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Happy birthday to the US Marine Corps and Semper Fi to all who are serving or have served.   :Smile_honoring:

jamie7575 #8 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 18:35

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Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps! Semper Fi to all past and present leathernecks! Thats all, carry on...

GatlinGun #9 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 20:14

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Happy Birthday fellow Marines!!

Semper Fi

Ooh Rah!!!!

(thanks for the B-day wishes)

gunnysarge1833 #10 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 20:55

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Happy Birthday and Semper Fi.....We are still the few and the proud...May GOD bless the Corps for Another 250
+ years....TDY 4th Tanks Gulf War....GySgt

Hihibob #11 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 21:26

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Happy birthday Marines! My dream in life is to one day join your ranks.  :Smile_honoring:

BigDamnBoom #12 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 21:31

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An end to the debate-which branch is the best?

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A Soldier, a Sailor, an Airman, and a Marine get into an argument about
what armed force is the best. The argument gets so heated that they fail
to see an on-coming truck. They are hit and killed instantly. When they
arrive in heaven, they see Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. So they
decide he can settle their argument. They walk up and ask him, "Saint
Peter, what Military Service is the best?" He thinks for a moment, then
says, "Well, I'm afraid I can't tell you. But I'll tell you what. I'll
talk to God next time I see Him, and I'll find out for you. In the mean
time, welcome to heaven."

So they enter. Later, they see Saint Peter
while walking around, and they ask him about their question. But before
Saint Peter can say anything, trumpets blare, a bright light shines, and
a white dove flies out of the light with an envelope in it's beak. Saint
Peter says, "Ah, here's the answer from the Boss." He takes the letter,
and the dove flies off. He opens it, trumpets play, gold dust flies up,
and Saint Peter reads aloud:

FROM THE DESK OF GOD

TO: SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, AND MARINES

RE: WHICH SERVICE IS BEST.

Dear Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines,
All branches of the United States Armed forces are truly honorable.
One should take pride in serving with the Military. You are all
well-trained men, all capable of pulling off your job exceedingly well.
Therefore, there is no superior service.

Sincerely,
God, USMC (Ret.)

LOL.. Sincerely,
GOD, USMC (Ret.)

Semper Fi!

_Jayzilla #13 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 21:50

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Oorah Marine Corps! From Tun Tavern, 1775 to today, Semper Fidelis!

Hihibob #14 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 22:12

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@BigDamnBoom

lol! XD  Love, God, USMC (ret.)   I would give you a +1 but I'm out.

SMScannonfodder #15 Posted Nov 10 2011 - 23:20

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Happy Birthday Marine Corp, Semper Fidelis!

Smedlee #16 Posted Nov 11 2011 - 00:52

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Happy birthday to a national treasure, the USMC!

http://www.youtube.c...d&v=I79UW6-NAAU


Always liked this clip from the movie "The Lion and the Wind."  It's the best part of the movie.  The Marine officer is especially cool.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ZGWdng1hl0U

TEForest #17 Posted Nov 11 2011 - 01:28

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Go Marines, I'm not a member but I've had a ton of family members that served in the Corp so hell ya GO MARINES!

Amarak #18 Posted Nov 11 2011 - 16:02

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View PostBigDamnBoom, on Nov 10 2011 - 21:31, said:


[snip]RE: WHICH SERVICE IS BEST.[/snip]




If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.


Pretty much says it all on that subject. Semper Fi Marines.  :Smile_honoring:

_Jayzilla #19 Posted Nov 12 2011 - 01:51

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View PostAmarak, on Nov 11 2011 - 16:02, said:

If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.


Pretty much says it all on that subject. Semper Fi Marines.  :Smile_honoring:


To the Hymn, Cheers!

thegreenbaron #20 Posted Nov 17 2011 - 03:41

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LOL My brother in law on the Boxer got a nice hat off the marines.  While the Marines may make it so we don't have to get our feet muddy, are pretty good at marking targets for us, and excellent when it comes time to find a ride, their cooks can't make an omelet if the future of mankind depended on it and don't know a suckers bet if it bit em.




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