Central Texas Marines

240th Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast


“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AT THIS TIME I WILL ASK THOSE THAT ARE VETERANS DURING THE KOREAN WAR ERA TO PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AND REMAIN STANDING FOR A FEW MOMENTS.

IN THIS WAR,THESE MARINES WITNESSED AND BECAME A PART OF MANY SIGNIFICANT MARINE EVENTS IN OUR HISTORY

Amphibious Landings at Inchon--September 15, 1950
Amphibious Landings at Wonsan & Advance to Chosin--October 26, 1950
Breakout from Chosin--November 27 - December 11, 1950
Amphibious Withdrawal from Hungnam--December 11, 1950
Cease Fire Signed at Panmunjom--July 27,1953
OUR MARINES SAW THE FIRST USE OF HELICOPTERS IN COMBAT, AND PIONEERED THE CONCEPT OF VERTICAL ENVELOPMENT.
By the end of the war, 42 Marines and 7 Navy personnel received the Medal of Honor.
Of these, 33 were awarded posthumously.
221 Navy Crosses, and more than 1,500 Silver Stars were awarded to Marines. Of the awards cited above, Marine reservists received 13 Medals of Honor, 50 Navy Crosses, and over 400 Silver Stars.

MARINES - WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE IN THIS WAR AND PASSING DOWN YOUR LEGACY OF HONOR AND BRAVERY TO OUR CORPS. PLEASE BE SEATED.YOUR REST HAS BEEN EARNED.”

241st Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast

Women contribution to Marine Corps History


“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AT THIS TIME I WILL ASK THE FOLLOWING MARINES TO PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AND REMAIN STANDING FOR A FEW MOMENTS.

IN SECRET, LUCY BREWER BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE IN THE MARINE CORPS.  DISGUISED AS A MAN, SHE SERVED IN THE MARINE DETACHMENT ABOARD THE USS CONSTITUTION DURING THE WAR OF 1812.  SINCE THEN, DURING WORLD WAR I, 305 WOMEN ENLISTED TO "FREE A MAN TO FIGHT."  OVER 20 YEARS LATER DURING WORLD WAR II, ROUGHLY 1,000 OFFICERS AND 18,000 ENLISTED WOMEN VOLUNTARILY SERVED IN OUR CORPS. KOREA, VIETNAM, GULF WAR, AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ ALL BEAR THE FOOTPRINTS OF WOMEN MARINES.

WE TAKE A MOMENT TO REMEMBER THE WOMEN WHO JOIN OUR FALLEN MARINES IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ:

LANCE CPL. JUANA NAVARRO ARELLANO
LANCE CPL. CASEY CASANOVA
LANCE CPL. HOLLY CHARETTE
CPL. RAMONA VALDEZ
CPL. JENNIFER PARCELL
SGT. JEANNETTE WINTERS
CAPT. JENNIFER HARRIS
MAJ. MEGAN MCCLUNG

ALLOW ME TO SHARE A SIMPLE POEM:

MARINES FOREVER                                                       BY COL DAVID T WILLIAMS USMC (RET)

WE RAISE OUR HAND AND TAKE THE VOW,
PARRIS ISLAND, SAN DIEGO, QUANTICO BOUND.
WE ENDURE THE TRAINING, THE TESTING, THE PAIN,
AND IN THE END WE STAND AMAZED.
UPON OUR COLLAR AN EMBLEM RESTS,
REMINDING US, WE HAVE JOINED THE BEST.
STAND TALL, HEAD HIGH, CHEST OUT WITH PRIDE,
ONE HISTORY, ONE LEGEND, ONE FAMILY TRIED.
OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN MEMORIAL WE DRINK,
NO GREATER, NO LESSER GIVEN BY EACH.
ONE CORPS, ONE NATION, ONE GOD WE TRUST,
MARINES FOREVER, FOREVER US.                                                                        

WE THANK THESE MARINES WHO STAND WITH US NOW FOR THEIR SERVICE, THEIR SACRIFICE, THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR MARINE CORPS HISTORY.  SEMPER FIDELIS.