The Marine Corps Has A New Member And He’s Oh So Cute
The US Marines have a new graduate, and he is the absolute cutest member of the military ever. Today, six month old bulldog puppy, Smedley Butler, is the newest member the United States Marine Corps. During a ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here in San Diego little Smedley replaced his predecessor, Cpl. Belleau Wood, who is now retired lives in Temecula with his new family.
Smedley — named after a major general who was the most decorated Marine when he died — will receive the eagle, globe and anchor emblem in a ceremony that symbolizes the culmination of recruit training. The ceremony is the first time recruits are called Marines.
The dog’s duties will include participating in events like family day, motivational runs and graduation ceremonies, in addition to various community relations and recruiting events throughout the western recruiting region.
Smedley, whose namesake was the second commander of the MCRD, continues a tradition of mascots at the facility. The first depot mascot was James Jolly Plum Duff, an English bulldog introduced by Butler in 1939. [SanDiego6]
I have been able to see a graduation of the Marines from MCRD San Diego, and it is quite the ceremony. But the one thing that caught everyone’s attention, was the bulldog walking around the stands. During the ceremony, if I remember correctly, the bulldog that is currently in service does has a teeny tiny uniform that fits him and he is treating like a big to do. It is just so cute.
You can follow little Smedley on MCRD San Diego’s Instagram account. You would be hard pressed to know that it is supposed to be the account for the Marines. There is so much puppy cuteness you just might need CPR.
All images via MCRD San Diego’s Instagram account