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Marines Celebrate 246th Birthday With WWII Cognac (whiskeyraiders.com)

Marines Celebrate 246th Birthday With WWII Cognac

A US Marine firing party walks away after participating in a burial service for US Marine Corps Cpl. Robert Richards at Arlington National Cemetery Feb. 13, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. A group of Marines will open a bottle of cognac from the 1920s. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In 1944, a group of 14 U.S. Marines, who all had survived the 1942 Battle of Guadalcanal, set aside a bottle of 1920s-era Joseph Etournaud & Company Extra Grand Fine Champagne 1st Grand Cru Cognac. They called the bottle the “Last of the First,” as it was intended to be opened by the last survivor among the Marines and sailors who served with the 1st Marine Division during World War II.

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