Friday, August 11, 2017

The U.S. Marine Corps Does Not Know Why It Chose ‘Semper Fi’ As Its Motto

Task & Purpose: The Marine Corps Doesn’t Know Why It Chose ‘Semper Fi’ As Its Motto

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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WNU Editor: WOW .... learn something new everyday.

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