The Marines’ Hymn was adopted as the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps in 1929, although it had been in widespread use among Marines long before then. The famous opening “From the halls of Montezuma” denotes the United States Marines’ involvement in the capture of Mexico City during the Mexican War, while “to the shores of Tripoli” is derived from an 1805 battle during which a small unit of US Marines stormed a pirate fortress.
The Marines’ Hymn is undoubtedly one of the finest traditions in the United States Armed Forces. It is a highlight of a number of ceremonies, including the annual Birthday Ball which commemorates the founding of the Marine Corps.
From the 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 from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.Here’s health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we’ve fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.