What does the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fedelis” mean?
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Semper Fidelis is Latin and means always faithful or always loyal. The Marine Corps often uses the abbreviated version of Semper Fi.
Thank you, David. I'm surprised, however, that there wasn't a Marine among us to answer this.
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A Marine is ALWAYS FAITHFULL to God and Country....and FELLOW MARINE.
What this means is that a Marine is ready to die, to save their fellow Marine. That may sound cliche...but it is the truth.
Marines prove this almost daily and yet it is not covered by the media at all anymore.
Marines are out there RIGHT NOW doing what it takes and that means doing whatever is needed.
Since a Marine is Once a Marine and ALways a Marine, I have broken it down....
Present Day Marine:
Willing to jump into a bar fight simply because the fight involves fellow Marines. To rush into enemy fire to drag a wounded Marine to safety. To fight to recover the body of a fallen Marine. To NEVER walk away from a FELLOW Marine and to always be ready to do whatever it takes to complete the mission. To walk unimaginable distances carrying god forsaken weight on their backs in unimaginable climates. To fight a war and witness the most horrible things imaginable. For those that were never Marines have no clue the deep implications of what is mentioned above.
To be ready to travel far away to assist a fellow Marine in distress. To help a down and out Marine simply because they served as a Marine. To need to know nothing more than they served as a Marine once to be willing to assist a down and out Marine. To be in a bar and see the peresent day Corps walk in and buy them drinks simply because they ARE MARINES. To be THE ONLY civilian to stand up during a parade when Old Glory passes by. For those that were never Marines have no clue the deep implications of what is mentioned above.
To be ready to do things you thing you are prepared for...but really have no clue. Sort of like your german shepherd that gives his master love....no matter what the master asks of the shepherd.
If you must ask what the Marine Corps motto means...simply means you do not know what it means to be a Marine...because you never were a Marine. Any written definition will always fall flat...
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