"The Marine Corps Hymn" - Words
"The U. S. Marine Corps. Hymn" arrangement by Lari/Tan Recording Studio. Used with permission.
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Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled
to every breeze
Here's health to you
and to our Corps
In 1929 The Marines’ Hymn became the official hymn of the Corps.
Copyright ownership of the Marines’ Hymn was vested in the United States Marine Corps
per certificate of registration dated August 19, 1991
but is now in the public domain.
Many interesting stories have been associated with the Marines' Hymn.
One of the best was published in the Stars and Stripes,
official newspaper of the AEF, under date of August 16, 1918.
“A wounded officer from among the gallant French lancers
had just been carried into a Yankee field hospital to have his dressing changed.
He was full of compliments and curiosity
about the dashing contingent that fought at his regiment's left.
‘A lot of them are mounted troops by this time,’ he explained,
‘for when our men would be shot from their horses,
these youngsters would give one running jump and gallop ahead as cavalry.
I believe they are soldiers from Montezuma.
At least, when they advanced this morning,
they were all singing "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.’”
The Marines’ Hymn has been sung and played in all of the four corners of the earth
and today is recognized as one of the foremost service songs.
Back to God Bless Our Troops!
The U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force all have their own “songs,”
but the Marines have their “Hymn!”
Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister,
became an ardent admirer of the U.S. Marine Corps.
In the company of guests of state,
he often demonstrated his respect for U.S. Marines
by reciting, from memory,
all three verses of The Marines’ Hymn.
by Lt. Charles Zimmerman and midshipman Alfred Miles.
Initially the song was a tribute to the Naval Academy Class of 1907.
The U.S. Air Force did not exist in 1938.
But, that year Liberty Magazine sponsored a contest for an official song for the Army Air Corps.
After World War II the Army Air Corps evolved into the U.S. Air Force.
This fledgling flying club adopted Off We Go’ as their official song:
Robert Crawford, “Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder.” music
And Let's not forget the Coast Guard!
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