As Marines, you are part of an unbroken chain of defenders of liberty and of our Republic that stretches all the way back to the American Revolution.

Here at Oath Keepers, you will find many brother Devil Dogs, both current serving and veterans.  Four Marines sit on the Oath Keepers National Board of Directors: Rand Cardwell – a Scout Sniper veteran (who’s son is a current serving Scout Sniper); Jay Stang (son of the late, great anti-communist firebrand and radio host, Alan Stang) who also serves as our Texas Chapter President;  David Rivers -Vietnam combat vet who serves as our General Counsel; and Franklin Shook (aka “Elias Alias”) – also a Vietnam combat vet who serves as our site Editor and Montana Chapter President.  Other Marines serve in our state chapter leadership, such as Vietnam combat vet Steve Homan, our Nebraska Vice President.

For me, the Marine Corps is the epitome of all for which the United States stands.  Duty and honor to the Constitution, as written, creating a system under which a Nation of Sovereign States are governed by a Sovereign people bound by the freedom to act and take responsibility for those acts.  A group of individuals making up a whole, sworn and dedicated to the preservation of the American way of life so help us God.

- David Rivers.  Marine Infantry,  Vietnam Combat Veteran

The mission of Oath Keepers is to honor the oath we all took to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to restore the Founders Republic.

That mission is dedicated to the memory of World War II Marine John Adams, who, at the age of 16, lied about his age to join the Marine Corps to fight the Japanese.  His enlistment date was December 10, 1941 – just three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.   He fought at Iwo Jima.  Read more about him here.

john adams

John Adams.  Patriot, Marine, and Oath Keeper Extraordinaire

From Lexington Green and Concord Bridge, through every conflict (”from the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,” and from the Sands of Iwo Jima to the mountains of Afghanistan), up to today, American fighting men have fought, bled, and died to preserve our liberty.   Now it is your watch.  Now it is your turn to guard our Republic and the liberty of the American people.

Marine, you have a duty to make sure that all the pain and sacrifice of Marines before you were not in vain.   You know what they went through.   Will you let it all have been for naught?  Will you let domestic enemies destroy our Constitution?  We know the answer is “hell no!” and “forbid it all-mighty God!”  And we agree.

It is our mission to help you keep and honor your oath, by teaching you about the Constitution we all swore an oath to defend, so you will know what is right and wrong, and where the constitutional lines are that you must not cross. We know you have courage and honor.  We have seen it in person.   The only question is whether you have the knowledge to know what is the right course.   Will you know when an order is unlawful and must be refused, because it violates the Constitution?   Or will you unwittingly follow unlawful orders because you did not know they were unlawful?

In the weeks ahead, we will be building an online Oath Keepers academy that will use original sources to teach you about our Constitution and our heritage and history of liberty, so you will have the knowledge to know the right course in any situation. We encourage you to check back often for updates, and we encourage you to sign up for our free email alerts.

But let’s begin by discussing the right to bear arms, and the current assault on that right.


Back in 2009, when Oath Keepers was launched as an organization, one of the first things we did was issue our Declaration of Orders We (active duty Oath Keepers) Will Not Obey.  You can read the full declaration here.
Order #1 was:

1. We will NOT obey any order to disarm the American people.

The attempt to disarm the people on April 19, 1775 was the spark of open conflict in the American Revolution. That vile attempt was an act of war, and the American people fought back in justified, righteous self-defense of their natural rights. Any such order today would also be an act of war against the American people, and thus an act of treason. We will not make war on our own people, and we will not commit treason by obeying any such treasonous order.

Nor will we assist, or support any such attempt to disarm the people by other government entities, either state or federal.

In addition, we affirm that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to preserve the military power of the people so that they will, in the last resort, have effective final recourse to arms and to the God of Hosts in the face of tyranny. Accordingly, we oppose any and all further infringements on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. In particular we oppose a renewal of the misnamed “assault-weapons” ban or the enactment of H.R. 45 (which would register and track gun owners like convicted pedophiles).

We wrote that back in 2009, because we knew that the domestic enemies of the right to bear arms would never quit, and we knew they would take advantage of some future horrific shooting in a “gun free zone” (disarmed victim zone) to justify even more violations of our right to bear arms.  And that is just what they did in the wake of the recent Newtown, CT shooting.   In particular, we knew they would again attempt to pass a so-called “assault weapons ban” on military style semi-automatic rifles, a magazine capacity ban, and/or some scheme of registration of guns or gun owners. And that is exactly what they did.  Fortunately, such attempts at the federal level have failed – so far.  But several states, including New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Colorado, have passed state laws that grossly violate the Second Amendment.

Shortly after the Newtown shooting, Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes, issued his Personal Pledge of Resistance Against Any Attempt to Disarm Us By Means of an “Assault Weapons Ban.” We encourage you to read that pledge, which provides important information on the intent of the Founders, and the core purpose of the Second Amendment – preserving the military capacity and capability of the American people.

Oath Keepers, as an organization, also issued our Molon Labe Pledge, which can be read here.

Could you be called upon to enforce unconstitutional laws or unconstitutional executive orders that violate the right to bear arms?  Think it won’t happen?   It happened during Hurricane Katrina:


Sadly, both current serving police and National Guardsmen obeyed unconstitutional orders to disarm peaceable American citizens who were simply trying to defend themselves and their property.  These weren’t looters.  These were the good guys.  But the anti-gun Mayor and Police Chief of New Orleans put out an order that they were going to take all the guns, no one (no mere citizen) would be able to be armed.  And those unlawful orders were enforced.   The little old lady who was tackled in her kitchen and disarmed (see above video) was tackled by a California Highway Patrol Officer who had been federalized and brought to New Orleans to “help.”   The NRA later won and injunction against any further enforcement of that unlawful order, but that didn’t help the people who had already had their rights violated, and who had been left defenseless against the violent gangs and looters who were running wild in the streets.

Fortunately, there were current serving who still understood the Constitution who refused to follow such orders.   One example from Katrina was Staff Sgt. Joshua May, of the Utah National Guard.   Sgt. May’s entire unit refused to participate in any gun disarmament during their deployment to Katrina.  Here is an important interview with Sgt. May:

You can read more about SSG May’s unit standing down here.

You can learn more about Oath Keepers here.

And here is the video version of our Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey:


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  1. There is no way that I can see to join…how do I do it?

    Cpl of Marines 1860 to 1964

    Mercenary in Karshi-Khanabad 2003 – 2005

    [Editor's note: Semper Fi, Bro! We'd be glad to have you aboard. Just go to our banner at the top of the page and click on "Join". If you have any problem or need help, send another comment just as you've done here and I'll get you squared away personally. Salute! Elias Alias, USMC Vietnam Vet, editor]

  2. Semper Fi, brother! Shout out to you and all my fellow marines! Lcpl———- 3/1 kilo company. Operation phantom fury! Fallujah! M249 saw gunner! I’m with you on this cause.

  3. In 1994 The Mcdonald County Sheriffs office, The State Trooper’s the DEA and ATF Storm trooped my home.In Rocky Comfort Missouri.My Husband was a OTR Truck Driver.It was My Son who was 15 our twins girls were 12.Our 6 year old daughter who was sucking her thumb holding her teddy bear in our rocking chair.I was across from her sitting on the couch.They burst through our door wearing all black,Mirrored sunglasses and it was night.some had ball caps others ski masks covering there faces.I thought they were Terrorist’s,my 6 year old baby girl ran to me and they all pointed thier automatic rifles at her little head..I ran and grabbed her and said if we are going to die we are dying together.My Husband was delivering a load up in Ohio, They trashed my home looking for illegal weapons. I had never owned a gun in my life. I was a Roman Catholic Mother raising our children ,We were lucky to see My Husband thier Daddy 4 times out of a month.My Husband being a OTR Trucker listened to Viking International after they let me out of jail posting our home for bail. I got my children got home and called him and he had me call Viking International.They did a live broadcast when i had been up all night and terrorized,Make no mistake they are the terrorist’s My Son and Daughters were never the same and still are not the same.We paid cash for our home and the next door neighbor on one side was the women’s son i purchased my home from on the other side was his daughter they were dairy farmers and i was surrounded by them in a U shape as far as my land was sitting.I told Viking International what took place this old man next door every time my husband left was sexually harassing me day in and day out. So the 51st Militia got a hold of me i still don’t know how they found me but they were wonderful people. Larry Pratt asked people to send me donations so i could pay lawyers fee’s.I spoke somewhere where i met Terry Reed and i spoke and Thanked the 51’st and Larry for helping us.The Charges were eventually dropped and we lost our home and it destroyed our lives.We are talking about 1994 a long time ago.We moved and cops came in my home when i was sleeping and tazored me between my legs,No search warrant i still didn’t own a Gun.I was a sleep in my own bed ,they charged me with kicking one of them.
    The charges were dropped i got a lawyer to sue.They disbarred my Attorney for 5 years saying he was taking to long on his cases.I suffered from Labial and anal cancer from that cop.I still have to have Ct scans.-I’am sure Larry Pratt remembers us.I just wish i could find William Beeler a good friend who helped us and gave us moral support.I don’t even know if he is still alive..1994 Jack booted thugs terrorized us.They are the Terrorist’s not my children and I..I was told by a man who was ATF,DEA and one other agency and was suing the feds.He said and i quote “If it happens you can best be sure it was planned that way”

  4. Semper Fi to all my brothers & sisters in arms, our oath does not end with our enlistments, our oath is for life. Oath Keepers Forever, Forever Oath Keepers. Semper Fi
    Sgt. Ron Bushnell U.S.M.C & U.S.M.C.R

  5. Curious. Is any honorably discharged Marine eligible for membership? Second question is are there any racial guidelines?

  6. Count me in.

  7. Went in to Corps in 1990 pre gulf war 1. I and I staff played, stayed on extended active duty due to instructors and mps being pulled from Del Mar. My reserve company 1st Batt. 23rd based in Camp Robinson, AR was overseas on the Kuwaiti border. I fully support your efforts and add my own whenever possible, I talk to everyone daily about your site, I tell police officers, firefighters, old vets, bikers, citizens, EVERYONE. I need more info and support in Arkansas and I’ll help. 20 years background in sales, marketing and operations. I run my own moving company now and talk to a lot of folks. Look me up!

  8. Handcuffed at USA border coming back from Canada on Saturday drive, Treated like Terrorist! Fingerprints weren’t mine!

    Yesterday my wife and I go out for a drive to look at a house near Canadian border and enjoy the scenery.

    We drive over to the Canadian border because we are close and figure we will go there and get the stamp because we have stamps from all of the continent and we are close, so hey lets get Canada and see some sights.

    As were coming back into USA, guard there greets us and ask how long we were there, we tell her and do the normal nice conversation things, then she scans my passport.

    BLAM, I hear her call for backup. I’m like ok what the heck, did I do something wrong? 2 more guards run out of office, she asks me to step out of vehicle and put my hands up where she can see them. I complied of course. This is surreal to me, I cant believe it.

    I was handcuffed, and taken inside the building, they say my passport was stolen I informed her no that was my previous passport issued 1997, this one is my current passport. She says ok no problem but we have to fingerprint you and make sure you are who you say you are.

    I inform her that the treatment is ludicrous but I understand they are following procedures, I have military ID’s, state ID’s tons of ID’s including passport. She takes me in fron of counter says we have to fingerprint you, I said I’ll comply but don’t scare my wife and 2 year old they don’t understand whats going on.

    They fingerprint me, wait a few minutes, then BLAM, start treating me like terrorist AGAIN, I’m handcuffed again, only rougher this time. I asked whats going on, you know who I am and as a US citizen this is ridiculous, they tell me nothing, and just stare at computer screen, I ask why I am being detained, they say that my fingerprints are coming back to a Canadian, not me, Im not who I say I am. I told them I couldn’t believe it, its surreal like something out of a movie.

    They just tell me that they have to investigate it and they will straighten it out. They put me in holding cell, handcuff me to a steel bench, and I ask about my wife and son, they said they are free to go, I ask if they will tell them to go to hotel and wait so my son isn’t out in heat. The guard tells me he will tell her that, and asks me some questions about where we met, when we met, etc, I tell him where I was born, when I served in Marines, what combat I was in etc, the guy writes everything down. He comes back in few minutes ask more questions, I give answers again, and I tell him they way they are treating me is wrong, Im a US citizen, a combat Veteran who served this country honorably. Then I ask to speak to an attorney, he says I cant, Border Control doesn’t have to allow it because I’m not proven to be a US citizen, because my fingerprints came back as Canadian.

    He informs me an ICE agent is on the way. She will determine what to do with me.

    An hour or so later he and the guard who initially handcuffed me come back and question me again. I give her the answers to her questions then inform them again that because of my constitutional rights I am requesting an attorney, they say I have no rights, I said ok, so my prints are not coming back as me, and Im not the guy the computer says I am so I’m a nobody huh?

    She says yes thats the best way to put it. I then tell them I want my request for an attorney put on incident report, and I am making a formal complaint about the treatment now. They say so noted.

    I ask what happens next, they tell me ICE might have to transport me to Spokane, to sort it out, and then if they figure out Im who I say I am they will release me.

    My thoughts are constantly of my wife and son, what are they going to do? I ask that question, they tell me they are free to go, but my wife cant drive because she doesn’t have a drivers license. I tell them to tell her call a taxi and go to where we are staying. They say they will tell her and leave.

    Hour later they come back again guard tells me he is going to reprint me, I said fine but my prints didn’t change, they never will, so unless the COMPUTER system has been manipulated or changed I’m always the same US citizen I told you I was. He says well lets print you again and see what happens. He handcuffs me again leads me out to front, and prints me again.

    This time the prints come back as me, I tell him, OK, you know I’m a US citizen I want to be released and he says you can look this up later but we don’t have to allow it. I told him I want to invoke my constitutional right and speak to an attorney, he says they dont have to allow that either.

    I ask why I am being detained, If I am accused of committing a crime, or am I being investigated? He says we have to let the ICE agent determine what to do with you. I again state that the treatment of US citizen in this manner is horrible, for that matter no one should be treated like this. He says Im sorry, I tell him at what point does he “just doing his job stop” I inform him that “JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS” is wrong when you violate others rights and you know they have committed no crime, or are suspect of committing a crime, at some point YOU HAVE TO THINK, and logic will bring you to the conclusion that what your doing is wrong. He says Im sorry but I have to do what I am told.

    An hour so later I hear the ICE agent arrive, they take me out again and PRINT me again! My prints come back this time as ME AGAIN, she says I’m an Agent with ICE and I’m sorry, I said oh, the stage coach finally arrived did it? She laughs and says I’m sorry but I had to drive all the way from Spokane, we are sorry but can we talk about your passport?

    I ask her if I am being investigated now, or if I am suspected of committing a crime she says no, but my passport was reported as stolen, I inform her that this is my current passport and the one that was stolen had an issue date of 1997. She asked about my military service, how I met my wife, where we are staying, I again ask her am I suspected of committing a crime, am I under investigation and are they detaining me. She says no, Im sorry for all of this, you are free to go.

    At this point I tell her this is a travesty, I said don’t apologize to me, go outside and BEG my wife and son for forgiveness, tell them why you did this, then tell my wife why I a Man who follows EVERY Law of Man and God was handcuffed, put in a holding cell chained to a steel bench, and everyone keeps says its for protection. I don’t want your protection, I can protect myself.

    She says I know you can protect yourself, Ive seen your record, Ive been on the phone while driving here I know all about you, and with your back ground you should understand why we have to follow these procedures.

    The computer says you were a different person after we printed you, your prints came back as a different person, its a GLITCH in the system. We have never seen it before, I’m sorry, I cant apologize enough. I then said this, “if you see a glitch now on me, a man who loves this country, fought for it, and was willing to die for it and to protect our citizens, then who else could it happen to? Don’t apologize to me, learn from this what if it tells you someone is a terrorist and they aren’t, USE some common sense, THINK, If you follow orders blindly, your wrong, there will come a time when you have to decide are these orders legal, are they moral, as a marine we decided in split seconds, if they were legal orders or not, if they were not we would risk everything and tell our superiors they were illegal orders and refuse them, thats the right thing to do.

    After all Hitlers soldiers were just following orders!

    I found out while talking to my wife on trip back, they lied to me and her several times, they told me wife to quiet my son down, make him sit down, and made them sit in the car in the heat without allowing them to have the keys to start the car to turn on the air conditioner. The weren’t allowed to get food or anything else for more than 5 hours while they held me, even though they were suspects of nothing. My wife asked passerbys if they would call a friend for us to tell him what was going on and see if he could help. People just looked at her funny and left.

    I’m gonna send this same letter to border patrol, and ICE, but thought I would share it with you all, the US Air Force, NSA, FBI, and whoever else wants to read it here.

    As a human being and a person who loves God, I can tell you we are headed down a bad road, don’t take my word for it, open your eyes, pay attention to your surroundings, watch other people, help them if you can. If we don’t help others and just follow orders then your a slave to the system and TPTB. If you just follow orders and allow evil things to happen to others when you could have helped them, you just became evil!

    The time is here for ALL of humanity to decide, will I support Good, or Evil? I choose good!

  9. Thank you all so much for what you are doing. You are true men and Patriots. God bless you all.

  10. Glad to be aboard ! I served with Aco 1st TVBN and Aco 3rd AAVBN Semper Fi YAT YAS

  11. Just read how O is trying to feminize you guys with new French-style hats. He clearly is sending the Marines a message. I hope that somehow our awesome Marines will figure out a way to reject O’s plan to embarress you guys with these girly hats.Hope you can somehow stand up and say no way.

  12. Are all Marines being instructed in the constitution. or made aware of the oath keepers? God Bless you all.

  13. The military oath taken at the time of induction reads:

    “I,____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God”

    The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) 809[890].ART.90 (20), makes it clear that military personnel need to obey the “lawful command of his superior officer,” 891.ART.91 (2), the “lawful order of a warrant officer”, 892.ART.92 (1) the “lawful general order”, 892.ART.92 (2) “lawful order”. In each case, military personnel have an obligation and a duty to only obey Lawful orders and indeed have an obligation to disobey Unlawful orders, including orders by the president that do not comply with the UCMJ. The moral and legal obligation is to the U.S. Constitution and not to those who would issue unlawful orders, especially if those orders are in direct violation of the Constitution and the UCMJ.

    [Editor's note: Charles, thank you for an excellent post. Spot on, Brother.
    Elias Alias, editor]

  14. I may not have the funds tocontribute to the cause but me and my family and our guns are ready and willing and able to support and defend this nation at all costs Semper Fi brothers and sisters may we all live to fight another day

  15. Yuttt. Love this and will spread the word. There are many of us.

  16. Oh rah! Houston, TX

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