Tribute to the United States Marine Corps
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This page is a dedication to those who have served and are serving our country in the United States Marine Corps. The information presented below is a reflection of the character of the United States Marine Corps and those who have decided to be a part of it.
Article 1 - I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
Article 2 - I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
Article 3 - If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
Article 4 - If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them in every way.
Article 5 - When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country or its allies or harmful to their cause.
Article 6 - I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Below is the code of Conduct of the United States Marine Corps. The six articles says much about the character of those who serve in the Marines and the character of the Marine Corps
The Marines have been a part of the history of our country for over two hundred years. In that time they have served us well in all the conflicts from the War of 1812 to the two World Wars and the conflicts in Asia. We should be proud of what they have accomplished and what they will accomplish in the future if given the chance.