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Happy Birthday To The Marine Corps
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO 
THE U.S. MARINE CORPS
 
Brothers, 
 
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress ordered "That two Battalions of Marines be raised,"
capable of fighting both at sea and on shore, and 241 years later, the United States Marine Corps has established
itself as the world's preeminent expeditionary fighting force. 
 
The history of the Marine Corps is synonymous with some of the greatest battles ever fought in defense of our
Nation: Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Inchon, Hue City, and Fallujah, just to name a few. Today the 182,000 Marines
are serving in "every clime and place" from Afghanistan, to Okinawa, ships at sea, and at every US Embassy
around the globe.  
 
Our Fraternity has a special connection to the Marine Corps, because the first African American Marine Corps
Officer, 2nd Lieutenant Frederick C. Branch, was a Kappa man. Initiated at Johnson C. Smith University, the
Alpha Epsilon of Kappa Alpha Psi. After his Marine Corps Career, Brother Branch continued to serve the
community as an educator in Philadelphia, PA. 
 
Our highest ranking active Marine Kappa Brother, Major General Craig C. Crenshaw, is the Commanding General
of Marine Corps Logistics Command, based in Albany, Georgia. An initiate of Southern University, the Alpha
Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., Maj. Gen. Crenshaw has commanded Marine Corps units at every level,
and in his present duties, is responsible for providing worldwide, integrated logistics/supply chain and
distribution management for the entire Marine Corps.
 
Major General Clifford Stanley (Retired), an initiate of South Carolina State University, the Alpha Lambda Chapter
of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., was a career Infantry Officer who during his 33-year career was the first African American
to command a Marine Regiment. After a 33 year career in uniform he served as Executive Vice President at
the University of Pennsylvania, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the Undersecretary of
Defense for Personnel and Readiness. 
 
Other currently serving senior Marine Kappa Brothers include: Colonel Alphonso Trimble, Lt. Col. Stacey Taylor,
Lt. Col. David Everly, and Lt. Col. Daniel Sparks. 

On behalf of our Noble Bond, I extend a most hearty "Happy Birthday" to every Marine, and especially to our
Kappa brothers who have earned the right to wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor!

 
 
Yours in the Bond,
  
Thomas L. Battles, Jr.
Grand Polemarch
 


 
 

 

 

 

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