Come on you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever? Happy birthday Marine Corps!
While I ended up joining the Navy (6 weeks of Leatherneck during the summer after my junior year at the Naval Academy was enough for me to know that I was not cut out for the Marines), I have always had a profound respect and admiration for the Marine Corps. There is no greater, ruthless and expedient fighting force on the planet.
My father is a Marine (and my grandfather, grandmother, an uncle, and a cousin). I always felt a point of personal pride to call myself a Marine Corps B.R.A.T. growing up. Those of you my age may recall the movie entitled The BRAT Patrol (1986 starring Sean Astin) in which the kids of military service members save the world (more or less). Of course BRAT stands for Born Raised And Trapped. I can remember running around the neighborhood as an 9 year old singing the BRAT Patrol songs and conducting "missions" with my fellow USMC BRATs. Following is a link to the movie for those of you who are curious: