Local Marines Celebrate 248 Years of the Corps


SAN ANGELO – At the McNease Convention Center in San Angelo, the Marine Corps Detachment Goodfellow reverently observed its 248th Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 10, 2023.

This cherished event transcended mere festivity; it epitomized a legacy deeply ingrained within the fabric of the Marine Corps, spanning generations of devoted servicemen and women.

"In this moment, we immerse ourselves in the traditions that have withstood time," remarked U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Coyle, the commanding officer of MCD Goodfellow. "It's a legacy forged by ordinary Americans who rallied behind a cause greater than themselves."

This formal affair paid homage to the rich heritage of the Marines, tracing its origins back to 1921 when General John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant, promulgated Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. This significant order encapsulated the history, mission, and revered traditions of this esteemed military organization.

"Throughout every battle and skirmish in our storied history, Marines have showcased unparalleled valor, consistently earning new accolades, elevating the term 'Marine' to epitomize the pinnacle of military prowess and noble virtues," read an excerpt from Lejeune's order.

Moreover, Lejeune's directive underscored the annual observance of this historic occasion, mandating that on November 10th, Marines across the globe commemorate the Corps' founding.

The 248th Marine Corps Ball stood as an enduring tribute to the profound history and time-honored customs that bind Marines together, transcending eras while embodying the very essence of honor, commitment, and unwavering tradition.

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