Birthday Marines, Corps share spotlight
By PFC Danielle M. Jenkins
| Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | November 09, 2000
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON --
Moist chocolate cake with thick creamy icing, a multitude of candles slowly dripping wax down their stems to the pillow of fluff that is holding them in place, is a memory many share when thinking of their birthday.
As we age, more and more candles are added to the cake. A select few share Nov. 10, not only as the time set for the founding of the Marine Corps, but also as their own birthday.
Many Marines, ?old breed? and ?new?, throughout the years have been fortunate to share this day together.
?It made it fun, in 1947, because there was three of us who fought in World War II. We were (military police), and it was just the three of us out of a hundred or so Marines,? said retired MGySgt. Francis ?Ace? Arciaga, when referring to MPs he served with in Tsingtao, China, who shared Nov.10 as their day of birth.
?My 50th birthday was one of my favorites, ?cause my wife gave me the noncommissioned officer sword,? Arciaga said.
Arciaga earned the name ?Ace? in Okinawa and China while serving with the A Company 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
Along with Arciaga, retired MSgt. Franklyn A. Ryerson and retired CWO Harold L. ?Pappy? Bales share the Marine Corps birthday.
?I have known Ace since 1947?he is half an hour older than me, and I rub that in his face all the time,? Ryerson said.
?How gung-ho can you get...We share our birthday with the Marine Corps!? he said with furvor.
?Every birthday has been good to me. The Marine Corps was very good to me,? Ryerson said.
?I had two birthdays one year, when we crossed the international dateline, in 1944. I had a dry bologna sandwich for dinner. Someone broke out some cards and we cut the deck to see who would get the second sandwich. I won,? Ryerson said while remembering how dry the sandwich really was.
A Marine who should be recognized is retired MSgt. Forrest W. Wild, Arciaga said.
Wild was a Nov. 10 Marine who earned both the Silver and Bronze Star.
With the heritage of the Marine Corps to live up to and the legacy of the Nov. 10 China Marines, the ?new breed? has their work cut out for them.
Sharing this special day is not a common occurrence and is one to be recognized.
?When I was younger, I thought it was neat that the Corps was having a ball every year just for me,? said MSgt. Mark A. ?Ski? Koziorowski, administration chief at the Joint Reception Center, thinking of his first enlistment.
Birthday Marines at the Marine Corps ball are normally recognized.
?My first ball was neat ?cause, not only was I recognized, but it was also the night I proposed to my wife. It was my first enlistment and my 19th birthday, it was great.?
?When the recruiter told me that my birthday was the same as the Marine Corps?, I thought it was a ploy to get me to enlist. I thought they told everyone the same thing,? Koziorowski said, ?Well, I never missed that question in boot camp. I only had to remember the year,? he said.
For one Nov. 10 Marine, the recruiter didn?t use the ?ploy.?
?My recruiter didn?t even realize my birthday was the same until we were watching a (promotional) video,? said LCpl. Crystal N. King, Joint Education Center.
?Last year?s (birthday) was great, because I turned 21?It was great to share it with the Marine Corps,? she said.