The Marine Corps Hymn
One of the best known of the official military songs is the Marine Corps Hymn. And yet, no one knows who made it or exactly how old it is. Legend has it that it dates back to the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). It wasn’t officially copyrighted until 1917 when W.E. Christian published it in the book “Rhymes of Rookies” (Gutenberg.org). Even though we don’t know its exact origin, we do know what the song stands for and what it means. The hymn praises the idealism of the Marine Corps and also looks back on historic moments Marines have dealt with and overcome.
Different parts of the Hymn refer to specific historical events. The first line “From the halls of Montezuma” ...view middle of the document...
S. would no longer pay. This resulted in the Marines capturing the city of Derma and forcing the Pasha to make a deal. Although the peace agreement was not ideal, Americans saw it as a victory. They were able to go out to the Old World and force concessions from a foreign ruler. The Marines and the American Navy were celebrated as symbols of the young nation’s military muscle (schmoop.com).
The Marines pride themselves on being the nations force in readiness. Always ready to fight anywhere. The hymn vaunts “We fight our country’s battles, in the air, on land, and sea.” Showing how Marines are capable of conducting combat operations in any theater. The hymn continues in the vein later boasting how “We have fought in every clime and place.” At any one time there are thousands of Marines throughout the world trained and ready, waiting eagerly to pounce on the enemy wherever they may be.
Even though the Marines are eager to fight, it is also essential to “keep our honor clean.” They must stay true to and uphold the traditional values taught in the Marine Corps. The three main “Corps Values” are “Honor, Courage, and Commitment” (Marines.com). It is important to ensure every action is justified.
The end of the hymn displays the pride each Marine has in...