No one likes to fight, but someone should know
To the Shores of Tripoli (1805)
From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli (1848)
By Sea and by Land (1850's)
Semper Fidelis (1883)
Customs and Traditions Unique to the
Marines take the right of the line or head of the
column when in formation with elements of the other sea services; i.e., the
Navy, Coast Guard, etc.
All Marine posts have a bell (usually from a decommissioned Navy ship).
In the U.S. Navy, when "Abandon Ship" is ordered, the last person to leave
the vessel before the captain is his Marine Orderly.
On a warship Marines do not man the rail.
Whatever the regulations say, a Marine never uses an umbrella!
The Marine Corps Hymn is the oldest official anthem of any U.S. military
A Marine always stands at attention during the playing of the
The Marine Corps March, "Semper Fidelis" by J. P. Sousa, is the only march
authorized by Congress for a particular service.
The "Mameluke" Sword, first adopted in 1826, is the weapon with the
longest continual service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
In the Corps the phrases "I wish..." and "I desire...", uttered by a
senior, are considered an order.
The crown of Marine officer service caps incorporate an embroidered quatre
foil, a heritage of the days when such designs helped Marines in the rigging
identify their officers on deck below.
Since 1850 Marine sergeants have been the only NCO's in the U.S. Armed
Forces privileged to carry swords on ceremonial occasions, a weapon of a
pattern that makes it the second oldest weapon in military use.
Officers and NCO's of the Marine Corps wear scarlet piping on their
trousers, to honor the blood shed by the Marines who stormed Chapultepec
Castle in Mexico City on 13 September 1847. It is traditionally known as the
In combat Marines never leave behind wounded comrades, and make
every attempt to recover their dead as well.
Marine Corps Bulldog
"Sergeant Jiggs," used between WWI and the 30's.
"Smedley," used from the 30's to the 50's (Honoring Smedley Butler).
"Chesty," used from the 50's to the present (Honoring Chesty Puller).
Semper Fi -!
Questions or comments should be directed to Dave Yaros