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Armed Forces. It is an important part of Marine Corps culture — every Marine can recite its three stanzas by heart. It is the oldest official song in the United States military. However, the third verse is also used as a toast during formal events, such as the birthday ball and other ceremonies.
Some of the lyrics were popular phrases before the song was written. While the lyrics are said to date from the 19th century, no preth century text is known. The author of the lyrics is likewise unknown. Legend has it that it was penned by a Marine on duty in Mexico. The unknown author transposed the phrases in the motto on the Colors so that the first two lines of the Hymn would read: "From the Halls of Montezuma, to the Shores of Tripoli", favoring euphony over chronology.
Correspondence between Colonel Albert S. McLemore and Walter F. The melody is not in the exact form of the Marine Hymn, but is undoubtedly the aria from which it was taken. I am informed, however, by one of the members of the band, who has a Spanish wife, that the aria was one familiar to her childhood and it may, therefore, be a Spanish folk song.
First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marine. This older version can be heard in the film Halls of Montezuma.
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