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Camp Pendleton Marines commemorate 237th Birthday with Pageant

By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | November 09, 2012

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The ceremony’s adjutant reads the Birthday Message of Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune during Camp Pendleton’s 2012 Birthday Pageant at the base theater Nov. 9.

The ceremony’s adjutant reads the Birthday Message of Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune during Camp Pendleton’s 2012 Birthday Pageant at the base theater Nov. 9. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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Camp Pendleton Marines display the evolution of Marine uniforms with each time period, talking about significant combat operations dating back to the Corps’ foundation in 1775.

Camp Pendleton Marines display the evolution of Marine uniforms with each time period, talking about significant combat operations dating back to the Corps’ foundation in 1775. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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Gen. John A. Toolan Jr., the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force speaks during Camp Pendleton’s 2012 Birthday Pageant at the base theater here Nov. 9.

Gen. John A. Toolan Jr., the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force speaks during Camp Pendleton’s 2012 Birthday Pageant at the base theater here Nov. 9. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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The birthday pageant held a traditional cake cutting ceremony, with the first piece being presented to the guest of honor, Gen. John A. Toolan Jr., the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force. The second piece was shared by the oldest Marine present, Master Gunnery Sgt. Roosevelt A. Adrianza, the intelligence chief for I MEF G-2, and the youngest Marine Present, Lance Cpl. Michael M. Estes with Combat Logistics Regiment 15.  The traditional cake cutting ceremony represents the passing on of old traditions though the generations.

The birthday pageant held a traditional cake cutting ceremony, with the first piece being presented to the guest of honor, Gen. John A. Toolan Jr., the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force. The second piece was shared by the oldest Marine present, Master Gunnery Sgt. Roosevelt A. Adrianza, the intelligence chief for I MEF G-2, and the youngest Marine Present, Lance Cpl. Michael M. Estes with Combat Logistics Regiment 15. The traditional cake cutting ceremony represents the passing on of old traditions though the generations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marines and sailors gathered to commemorate the 237th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps at the base theater here Nov. 9.

The event featured a display of the evolution of Marine uniforms with each time period, talking about significant combat operations dating back to the Corps’ foundation in 1775.


“Throughout history Marines have earned the unwavering reputation of America’s warfighters,” said Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, the commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West – Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “As we reflect on the past, we must celebrate the milestones and accomplishments that contribute to our continued success as a command and corps.”


The birthday pageant held a traditional cake cutting ceremony, with the first piece being presented to the guest of honor, Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan Jr., the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force. The second piece was shared by the oldest Marine present, Master Gunnery Sgt. Roosevelt A. Adrianza, the intelligence chief for I MEF G-2, and the youngest Marine Present, Lance Cpl. Michael M. Estes with Combat Logistics Regiment 15. The traditional cake cutting ceremony represents the passing on of old traditions though the generations.

The pageant also included massing of colors from Camp Pendleton and music played by the 1st Marine Division Band.


6 Comments


  • Reginald M. Muhl 1 years 347 days ago
    Happy Birthday to all Marines, I spent many HAPPY hours at Camp Pendleton, some on the Step-up Board. God Bless the United States Marine Corps and may all remember their OATH to the Constitution.
  • Lt Col Ron Watters Ret 1 years 347 days ago
    Happy Birthday USMC from Manila, Philippines.
    I am proudly reporting that our Embassy here in the P.I. is safe and secure courtesy of our Nation's finest.
    SEMPER FIDELIS,
    Ron Watters
    Lotus Garden Hotel, Roxas Blvd
  • Margie Tomlinson 1 years 347 days ago
    HAPPY 237TH BIRTHDAY, MARINES! & SEMPER FI!
  • Margie Tomlinson 1 years 347 days ago
    HAPPY 237TH BIRTHDAY, MARINES! & SEMPER FI!
  • Margie Tomlinson 1 years 347 days ago
    HAPPY 237TH BIRTHDAY, MARINES! & SEMPER FI!
  • Margie Tomlinson 1 years 347 days ago
    Just wishing you all a very "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES" & "SEMPER FI"!!!

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