Since 2010, I've written a birthday post for the Marine Corps each year (except for 2013 right after we first moved to Madagascar--sorry Chesty).
Last weekend, I had the honor to be invited as the guest speaker at our US Embassy Marine Corps Ball. It was a great honor to share the stage and spotlight with the Marine Security Guard team that protects us every day in Antananarivo. I've included the speech I gave below.
As the sun started to peak over the horizon, Wilson’s men conducted an inventory of their ammunition…it was almost gone.
Because when the going gets tough, that’s what Marines do—they fix bayonets. (pause)
Marines don’t despair--they don't grumble—(pause)they fix bayonets.
The love of a staunch true man,
The love of a baby, unafraid,
Have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves, The quintessence of loves.
even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
of one drunken Marine for another.
I provide a quasi-bibliography here. I use the term 'quasi' because I didn't write this speech like I would a paper for publication. My focus for this speech was on telling a specific story/narrative--NOT on getting all the rewording and properly citing everything (so large historical sections I just cut and pasted, condensed and reworded a little as needed). I started out with a vague notion that I wanted to talk about General Lou Wilson and the Marine Security Guard program--so that's where I began my research--and down the black hole I went. So if you are a history nerd, my apologies for any inaccuracies--my intent was not a precise retelling but a conveyance of a feeling. Hope you enjoyed.