Marines celebrate 238th birthday |

Marines celebrate 238th birthday

by Caryn Haller
Woody Worthington, 41, cuts the Marine Corps birthday cake with oldest Marine Dominic Tanzi, 90, at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Building on Friday.
Caryn Haller |

More than two dozen Marines gathered at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Building on Friday to celebrate the 238th Marine Corps birthday.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Mike McClure looked forward to seeing his fellow Marines.

The Fish Springs resident served 30 years from the Middle East to Okinawa.

“I would do it again in a heartbeat if they let me,” the 57-year-old said. “It was a great time. You meet some really great people. The Marine Corps is a neat brotherhood.”

Senior Judge Steve McMorris read the Marine Corps Commandant’s birthday message.

“That was quite an honor to have the undersheriff ask me to read the message,” the judge and former first lieutenant said. “The Marine Corps teaches discipline, leadership and the ability to make decisions. It’s the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Gardnerville resident Woody Worthington was surprised that at age 41 he was the youngest Marine at the ceremony.

As tradition Worthington cut the birthday cake and served it to oldest Marine, Dominic Tanzi, 90.

Tanzi served from 1939-45, and earned the rank of master sergeant.

“I was at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Okinawa. It’s an honor to be a Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine” he said. “I was happy to serve my country. It’s great we can all get together and talk about the time we had. Semper Fi.”

Larry Cowden, 83, attends the birthday ceremony every year.

Cowden served five years and four months during the Korean War.

“I loved it. I saw lots of country and lots of girls,” the Minden resident said. “Serving my country was important because we’re free. You have to fight for what you want.”