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Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

Posted by Dana Pico on 2011/11/10

Especially for our host:

1775: Founding of the Marine Corps

A legacy is born

During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.

The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.

As the first order of business, Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines. Tun Tavern’s owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776.

Each year, the Marine Corps marks November 10th with a celebration of the brave spirit which compelled these men and thousands since to defend our country as United States Marines.

3 Responses to “Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!”

  1. Hube said

    Congratulations to all who served! 🙂


  2. During the Marine Corps Ball, or anywhere else a group of Marines gather, a birthday cake is served. The oldest Marine present is honored with the first slice. The youngest Marine present is honored with the second slice. Not until they’ve received their cake and taken a bite can anyone else get any. It brings a lump in my throat thinking about it.


  3. 3 good videos:

    (which for some reason are suddenly not loading right. just click the links)


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