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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 10:00 p.m. PST

"The few, the proud, the Marines: custodians of a proud martial tradition dating back to Nov. 10, 1775. So it might surprise you to know that the Marine Corps doesn't know why its motto is Semper Fidelis. The iconic phrase, Latin for "always faithful," has captured the spirit of Marines, past, present, and future, since the 1880s. But the reasoning behind its selection is still unknown.

No, really. We asked the Marine Corps, and they didn't know. Neither did anybody else. Turns out the only person who could have told us for sure is this guy, Col. Charles Grymes McCawley, the eighth commandant of the Marine Corps…"
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FreemanL Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 4:43 a.m. PST

Interesting. My best guess would be due to the times. In the Revolutionary War, British and continental soldiers swapped sides as their needs changed. The Civil War certainly divided the country into two halves as well and the Army was directly affected. Perhaps the motto has to do with always remaining loyal regardless of the circumstance. I honestly don't know if the Marines had the same issues as the Army in both of those conflicts but Confederate Marines had to come from something!

So in the end, it could just be up to good marketing!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 10:49 a.m. PST



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