Marine Corps 247th Birthday Message

The commandant of the Marine Corps sent his annual birthday message on Tuesday, emphasizing the confidence and toughness of Marines in war.

"What keeps you awake at night?" The video shows current Defense Secretary and famed retired Marine Gen. Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis being interviewed on CBS' Face the Nation in 2017.

The film mostly covers the Corps' long war-fighting role, including Belleau Wood in 1918 and Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. Mattis' unwavering approach sets the tone.

“And while wars and techniques change, the qualities of a Marine are timeless,” a deep voice says. “Grit. Strength. Boldness. Discipline. Initiative. Adaptability. Honor. Courage. dedication.”

Brig. Gen. Anthony M. Henderson, a Black Marine who made national headlines in 2021 when the New York Times claimed he had been rejected over three times as a colonel aiming to become general

He says, “The American strength is based upon the fabric of all the diverse cultures and people that come to it, and it applies on the battlefield, and I've seen that there.”

Kyle Carpenter, the youngest Medal of Honor recipient, and Col. Nicole Mann, a former Marine pilot with 47 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, appear.

Marine Lance Cpl. Cedar Ross discusses his great-grandfather, Marine veteran Hershel "Woody" Williams, and the legacy he left behind.

In June, Williams passed away at the age of 98. He was the oldest and final living Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.