The Marine’s Hymn

To commemorate the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, I thought it would be appropriate to post the Marine’s Hymn, written in the 1870’s.

The Marine’s Hymn

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea.

First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of
United States Marine.


Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
from dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place,
where we could take a gun.

In the snow of far off Northern lands
and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job,
The United States Marines.


Here’s health to you and to our Corps
which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
and never lost our nerve.

If the Army and the Navy ever look on
Heaven’s scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded by
United States Marines.

“The wonderful love of a beautiful maid, The love of a staunch true man, The love of a baby, unafraid, Have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves, The quintessence of loves. even greater than that of a mother, Is the tender, passionate, infinite love, of one drunken Marine for another.”  –General Louis H. Wilson Commandant of the Marine Corps (Toast given at 203rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball Camp Lejueune, N.C. 1978)

God Bless ALL who serve!

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About Donna M. Monnig

Donna M. Monnig is a published poet, aspiring novelist, freelance writer, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and is a cowgirl at heart.
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