Thursday, November 10, 2005
United States Marine Corps Turns 230
On 10 November 1775 the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing the raising of two battalions of Continental Marines.
Since that day, from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, the United States Marines have been (with few exceptions) the first to enter the battles of this great nation - and the last to leave those battlefields.
On 1 November 1921 the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John A. Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921 directing every command to read the summary of the history, mission, and tradition of the Marine Corps in commemoration of the Corps birthday.
The Marines, always ones to follow orders and never missing an excuse to throw a good party, have dutifully complied with this instruction since its issuance in 1921.
Happy Birthday, Marines. Semper Fi.