This month we celebrate the 234th birthday of one the proudest, most elite fighting forces in the world: the United States Marine Corps. Since 1775 the Corps has been in the forefront of some of the toughest fighting in our nation's history. From the Argonne and Chateau Thierry to Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, from Chosin and Khe Sanh to Baghdad and Kabul, the Marines have forged a legacy of success in combat matched by very few fighting organizations.
One could argue that the Corps is part of the very fabric of America. Who isn't familiar with its famous slogan "The Few, the Proud, the Marines" or its extremely effective recruiting commercials? Let's face it: while the other services have their own recruiting pitches, they just don't compare to that of the Corps. In fact, in his latest column, our own Jim Murphy laments that the Navy has once again gone off course with its "global force for good" campaign and points to the Marines as the one branch of the armed forces that "gets it." Why? Because they've had one consistent message over two centuries: Semper Fidelis.