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November 10, 2004

Happy Birthday to the Corps

And what better way for a military organization to celebrate it's origins than kicking butt and taking names? Well, once the civil powers-that-be have directed it, anyway. By the way, guys - Remember those "Not In Our Name" people? Kick in a few doors - in their name! The new battle-cry, "NION!" Nice thumb in the eye, that.

Quoting K-Lo at NRO, who is herself channeling Marine Corps Public Affairs (as in all Marines, active, reserve, and former) are Public Affairs Officers)

November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress met and passed the following resolution - in secret - thus establishing an American Marine Corps (based on the Royal Marine Corps model):

Resolved: That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one colonel, two lieutenant colonels, two majors & other officers as usual in other regiments, that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no person be appointed to office or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea, when required. That they be enlisted and commissioned for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress. That they be distinguished by the names of the first & second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered a part of the number, which the Continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.

Semper Fi, dudes.

However - even though you have to dig to find it, Fallujah is a Joint op. The descendants of Custer, TF 2/7 Cav, 1st Cavalry Division, are fighting in Fallujah.

Soldiers of the Big Red One, TF 2/2 Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, are fighting in Fallujah.

And not doing easy stuff, like manning the cordon line around the city, either.

The flimsy metal door was ripped off its hinges as a hefty boot from a Legion platoon soldier made decisive contact. Inside the small room lay an AK-47 rifle, alarm clock parts and a handwritten notebook in Farsi. Moments earlier, the gunman, thought to be Iranian, had fled as Legion, Hunter and Outlaw platoons of the US army's Task Force 2-2 undertook one of the more dangerous tasks of the battle for Fallujah. Clearing buildings door to door in a guerrilla stronghold is risky at any time. Into the bargain this time, the platoons from Phantom troop had been ordered to sweep Fallujah's industrial zone, a haven for foreign fighters.

Oddly enough, the best print coverage I have seen of the fighting in Fallujah are from the Brits covering it.

Update: While finishing this post, I got a response to the note I sent Kathryn admonishing her for being a USMC shill. Turns out K-Lo's got a price.

what can i say? a marine sent me alcohol last week. need i say more? shilling away.

Ya want some space in The Corner for your favorite cause? Send K-Lo booze!

Updated Update: Welcome to NRO-niks! Feel free to check around the rest of the area. I have to go buy some chianti for K-Lo.