By lex, on November 10, 2008
Today is the 233rd Anniversary of the creation of the US Marine Corps!
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.
Pound for pound, one of the finest fighting forces the world has ever seen, and a great team to have on your side in a scrape. Or, if you’re the Navy, mucking around ashore and out of the goram way. Instead of lounging around in the ladder wells when they aren’t bogarting the gym.
So lift your cups to the Devil Dogs, and wish them all a happy birthday.
Just, you know: Speak slowly.
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