Today marks the 244th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps.

I could write a never ending series of posts about things that happen in literally micro-seconds that change our lives forever.

One of them happened to me in January of 1958.

In January of 1958, I don’t have the exact day and date, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. January 29th (this date I have forever) 1958 was my pay entry base date. 

This one single action on my part I consider to have easily been the most important decision I have made in my entire life to this instant in time. For one thing, I enlisted I did not seek out a commission. I’d successfully completed 3-1/2 years at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and could have opted to apply for Officer Candidate School (OCS). I did not want the commissioned officer avenue. I wanted to just be an enlisted man.

And I most certainly got-what-I-wanted. I could write more than a few chapters about this grand, life changing, life enhancing, adventure.

Hi De Hi For Semper Fi Brother Gyrenes.


2 thoughts on “NOV 10, 19 .. UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY .. NOV 10, 1775

  1. Patricia Boone

    Happy Birthday celebration to My Marine! You HAVE always maintained that joining the Marines was pivotal in your life and I have heard MANY stories about your experiences. It all led to to where you are in your life today. Something has definitely been working in your favor! Nice post .. Smiles and hugs. Patti

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Thank You So Much My Dear One. I certainly could write far more than I opted to write and to share in this post. To say I’ve had a blessed life is an enormous understatement. As you wrote in your comment, YOU HAVE heard many stories. Whew. Much Love. Cap

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