The official mascot of the United States Marine Corps, English bulldog Pfc. Chesty the XIV
Today is the Birthday of our United States Marine Corps.
Many years ago I stood in a pair of yellow footprints at MCRD San Diego, scared and thrilled at the same time for the opportunity to pass into that elite brotherhood.
I did. It wasn't easy. Today I reflect on myself as a shaven headed, goofy looking maggot that was hammered in the forge of the Corps and I feel that tempered spirit even now. Yeah, I'm older, grayer and sometimes wiser, but I am always that young man inside. I owe that to the Corps. That and a hell of a lot more.
To all you young hard chargers, I wish you a Hearty Happy Birthday and I remain, as only we can say,
Sgt. James W. Allmon, USMC
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