The Few. The Proud. The Marines.
In the beginning was the word, and the word was GOD:
In the beginning was GOD – and all else was darkness
and void, and without form.
So GOD created the heavens and the Earth.
He created the sun, and the moon, and the stars,
so that light might pierce the darkness.
GOD divided the earth between the land and the
sea and these He filled with many assorted creatures.
The dark, salty creatures that inhabited the oceans,
GOD called sailors, and He dressed them accordingly,
with tight fitting little trousers that looked like bells at
the bottom and with cute little flaps on their shirts to
hide the hickies on their necks. He also gave them
long sideburns and shabby looking beards.
GOD nicknamed them “squids & swab-jockeys”
and banished them to a lifetime at sea so that
normal folks would not have to associate with
them, except occasionally. (Except for an incredibly
brave & lucky few who served with the Marines)
To further identify these unloved creatures,
He called them petty and commodore but they
were known as red-blooded fighting men.
And the flighty creatures of the land, GOD called
soldiers. And with a twinkle in His eye,
and a sense of humor that only He could have,
GOD made their trousers too short,
and their covers too large and they had pockets
to warm their hands. And to adorn their uniforms,
GOD gave them badges in quantities that only a
dime store owner could appreciate. And He gave
them emblems and crests… and all sorts of shiny
things that glittered… and devices that dangled.
And then He set about to create some air creatures
for which He designed a greyhound bus
driver’s uniform. He initially nicknamed them
“flyboys”, but discarded the idea shortly thereafter
and it was not until years later that some apostles
“resurrected” this theme and established what
we now know as the “wild blue yonder wonders”.
And on the 6th day, He thought about His labors,
and in His infinite wisdom, GOD created a divine
creature, and this He called “MARINE”.
And these Marines, whom GOD had created in
His own image, were to be magnificent creatures
of the land and the sea and the air. And to these
He gave many wonderful uniforms. Some were
green, some were blue, with red trim, and in the
early days, some were even a beautiful tan. He
gave them practical, fighting uniforms,
so that they could wage war against all Armies
that waged war against the oppressed, those
that were terrorists and those who opposed
Freedom. He gave them service uniforms for
their daily work and training, that they might be sharp and ready…
and He gave them evening and dress uniforms…
Sharp, stylish, handsome things, so they might
promenade with their ladies on a Saturday night,
and impress the hell out of everybody else!
He even gave the NCOs & Officers swords so
that people who were not impressed could be
dealt with. He nicknamed them “Leathernecks & Devil Dogs”.
He then declared that all Marines would join
him to guard Heaven’s Shores.
And then GOD rested, knowing that
THE UNITED STATES MARINES would protect His kingdom forever.