Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Today is the 230th birthday of the US Marine Corps. To all Marines, Happy Birthday!
Birthday of the Corps
The Marine Corps was founded by the Continetal Congress on 10 November 1775. The resolution which created our Corps reads as follows:

Resolved. That two Battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and Officers as usual in other Regiments, that they consist of an equal number of privates with other Battalions; that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to office, or so enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seaman, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea, when required. That they be enlisted and commissioned for and during the present war with great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress. That they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered as part of the number, which the Continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.

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