On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that “two battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This established the Continental Marines and marked the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, early Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid on foreign soil in the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of the Corps’ first commandant, Capt. Samuel Nicholas.
There is a special aura surrounding the word “Marine”. It means something different than a soldier, a cut above, and more can be expected from this person. Pride and cockiness are the trademarks of Marines, the strongest brotherhood in the world. To serve in the Marine Corps is to serve in an organization that demands and delivers excellence beyond all others. Service in the Marines leaves a lasting impression upon the innermost being of everyone who is privileged enough to serve. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” To dispute this is to invite a brawl.
Marines enjoy a reputation of prowess in battle, that was earned “in every clime and place” throughout the world in our nation’s history.
While other services recruit by promising benefits, pay incentives, education opportunities and job selections, the Marine Corps recruiting is markedly different. (See recruiting posters) Slogans such as “Maybe you can be one of us”, “We never promised you a rose garden” and “We’re looking for a few good men and women” lay down the challenge for the extraordinary young men and women who will become the next generation of Marines.
Happy Birthday, Marines.