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Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Marines!

The U.S. Marine Corps will be having their 233rd birthday today! Semper Fi and a big Happy Birthday to all!!

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference, the Marines don't have that problem. -- Ronald Reagan, 1985

When we were overseas we had the privilege of being invited to the annual Marine Corps Ball to celebrate the birthday. Such an honor and such fun. One year in Chile, the Embassy personnel posted guard duty at the Embassy and the Consulate so the Marines could all go to the Ball. Gene and I watched the Consulate building on the midnight shift. Gene pulled duty several times, but that was the only time I got to go with him. Later they would have the Balls on different days in Peru and Bolivia and the Marines would come and go to cover duty so the local Marines could all attend the Ball. The Ball was always the most elegant evening of Embassy parties. The Marines would attend in their dress blues. There would be the presentation of the Colors and the birthday ceremony. The ceremony always included the oldest Marine and the youngest Marine to cut the cake with the white gloves on with their saber and have the first pieces. They would have wine/champagne glasses with the year and Marine Corps insignia and date. We have a few of those that have made it through several moves.

Gene and I a few years ago!

It was wonderful to be invited and share a birthday with these special men.

David, Cole and Christy

Once a Marine always a Marine! That is our son David. Here is the post with photo from last year. Hey David, Happy Birthday! There is a link there and here to a beautiful tribute to the Marines from 2006.

I wonder where my photos of the Embassy Marines are. Hmmmm.


David said...

Thanks for the Birthday wishes Mom. The Marines around the world appreciate your thoughts. Next year I'll send you a picture of Lisa and I going to the ball.

Bag Blog said...

"Dress blues, new shined shoes..." Men in uniform are always impressive.

fishing guy said...

Jo: I had a good friend who was a Marine and my nephew was also a Marine. Semper Fi.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi David, you are most welcome! That will be fun to have new photos for the blog and see you two all dressed up!! Hugs.

Jo Castillo said...

bag blog, you are so right. Wonderful guys and now Marines have wonderful gals, too!

Jo Castillo said...

fishing guy, thank your friend and nephew for their service. Semper Fi back at you!

Anonymous said...

USMC Silver Star Winner's New Book Trailer.


I have learned more about the Marines because of this book.

Below is a link to a Hollywood-style book trailer for "Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery," by Nick Popaditch with Mike Steere (Savas Beatie, October 1, 2008).


Make sure you watch to the very end for a "special" photo message from "Gunny Pop" Nick. I know you will appreciate seeing him.

Nick "Gunny Pop" Popaditch is a former marine Gunnery Sergeant, a Silver Star winner, a 15-year veteran of the USMC, and was widely known around the world as "The Cigar Marine:" (Google it.). His tanks captured Firdos "Saddam" square in April 2003 and pulled down the hated statue. Nick was severely wounded one year later with an RPG to the head, which was captured live by a media news crew. He had to fight his way through an incredible odyssey of turmoil, heartbreak, and bureaucracy to recover everything he had lost. His website is www.onceamarine.com.

If you know anyone in the media who you think would be interested in interviewing "Gunny Pop," don't hesitate to call or email them and let them know.

We appreciate your support of Nick and his family in any way you are able. The success of this book will open doors for this blind warrior, and hopefully provide revenue and success to someone who has sacrificed so much for his country.

Thank you.

Tammy Hall
Sacramento, California

The Tile Lady said...

How wonderful to have the Marine tradition in your family! I know how proud you are of your son! The Balls sounded like such a great way to celebrate! I know they had to be awesome events over the years to get to attend!

Jo Castillo said...

The Tile Lady, yes, we are proud of David. He has done well. We have much to be thankful for and much of it is because we have had dedicated armed forces to keep us safe.

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