And St. David!

For your Professional Military Education today we will commemorate the annual tradition whereby the Marine Corps and the Royal Welch Fusiliers exchange the message “And St. David” every St. David’s Day (March 1st) in honor of the RWF regiment and the patron Saint of Wales.

“Why in the world do you guys do that 1stSgt?”

I’m glad you asked.

Long ago we had this little incident in China we refer to as the Boxer Rebellion. British and American forces fought side by side with other nations to defend the legation against the Boxers and managed to hold out until a relief column arrived. Historical Marine Corps notables such as Dan Daly and Smedley Butler took part in this famous battle. Much more detailed info on the incident can be read in depth in a separate article here.

It is widely regarded that British and American forces forged a close bond that continues today. John Philip Sousa even wrote a march, “The Royal Welch Fusiliers” in dedication to the RWF.

So take the time to check out the links above and expand your Marine Corps historical knowledge.

And Saint David!

America’s Quon-Fay.

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5 comments

  1. Ahhh….old traditions. I remmeber when we “trained” with the Welsh Regiment in West Berlin many, many, many years ago.
    Our training consisted of them showing us their pub games and us showing them our bar games.

    “Ok lads, if you don’t do this right, you have to drink the entire pint!”

    “Ok dudes, if you screw this up, you have to drink the entire quart of Bud.”

    After a short time, we had no idea what we were doing, but the beer was all good.

    out of all the UK, I thought the Welsh were easier to understand.

  2. Wasn’t this in the book about Brute Krulak? I seem to remember reading about it…it was the most exciting part of the book!

    And St. David.

  3. Meadowlark, you mean you haven’t seen 55 Days At Peking starring Charlton Heston? FOR SHAME!

    CI Roller, in any event, I am certain the Welsh were easier to understand than the Boxers.

    Kanani, Brute pretty much started with WWI and the battle of Belleau Wood as the beginning of the modern Marine Corps. The Boxer Rebellion was some time earlier.

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