NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. –
Today is the 245th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps; I would like to wish our current and former Marines as well as all DLA Distribution employees a Happy Marine Corps Birthday!
With many events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the over 200,000 Active Duty and Reserve Marines around the world will not be celebrating with traditional balls and birthday celebrations, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of the day.
This year’s Marine Corps Birthday message from the 38th Commandant, General David H. Berger, focuses on adapting to change and uncertainty. It’s a reminder to us that we must always be at the ready for whatever challenges confront us. The Commandant’s Birthday video message features a number of Marine Corps heroes who characterize the Marine Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment.
Hershel “Woody” Williams earned the Medal of Honor during World War II by using flame throwers and demolition charges to destroy Japanese positions on Iwo Jima in February 1945. Jim Capers, a Force Reconnaissance Marine, bravely led a nine-man team against hundreds of Vietnamese soldiers. Former Marine Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, received the Navy Cross in Afghanistan for repeatedly driving a gun truck into blistering enemy fire to rescue fallen teammates. James Stogner, a machine gunner in Vietnam, rescued a fellow Marine from the enemy with little more than a K-bar fighting knife. The video also features the oldest living Marine, Dorothy Cole, a former Sergeant and World War II veteran, who is 107.
These Marines are a testament of what it means to persevere against overwhelming odds and are shining examples to all of us during this year of crisis and uncertainty. I would like to thank all of you for your willingness to adapt to change and uncertainty — and for your service and continued commitment to our mission and the men and women we support who are out there answering the nation’s call, no matter what the crisis.
Semper Fidelis – and Happy Birthday Marines!