History Of the U.S. Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps can trace its beginnings back to the early British Royal Marines. The Marines has in its USMC Emblem details modeled from the Royal Marine Corps, and it does not have in its logo a defensive shield like many of the other services. November 10th 1775 is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. They were created by a committee of the Continental Congress, to create a new stern unit of the military, called the Continental Marines. They operated at the direction of the Continental Congress until 1798 when President John Adams signed a bill officially created the United States Marines.

The Marine Corps are considered by many to be the toughest of the Services in the United States Armed Forces. Since its very beginnings the Marines have been infantry forces that have served aboard Navy vessels. They are the rapid response soldiers of the United States Military. The U.S. Marine Corps have participated in every single conflict since the formation of the United States, beginning with the Revolutionary War, up to and including the current Iraqi War against Terrorism and the Afghanistan War.

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The United States Marine Corps has been since the inception based largely on board ship, to be able to respond swiftly to any battle requirements either at sea or on land. Marines are known to have written the book on infantry and amphibious landings, and bravery in battlefield operations. The role of the Marine Corps has expanded as it began to focus on infantry missions and battle tactics on land. The Marine Corps codified the combat duties using the Advanced Base mission doctrine detailing the use of Marine Corps Infantry soldiers in seizing bases and battlefront operations. They also developed techniques and tactics in defending and seizing coastlines during World War II.

The United States Marine Corps have become the rapid response amphibious response arm of the United States Military. Of the four services in the Department of Defense, the Marine Corps is the smallest, but mighty in its own right. It serves to develop technique, tactics and equipment for amphibious landing forces, to provide for the defense, or offensive seizure of naval bases and other operations on land to support naval campaigns and any other duties that the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States may direct.




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military dot image Richard    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have more of a question than a comment. Which branch of the US military is older – The Marines or The Army.
It seems that everyone involved in each organization claims they are, but everything I read in reference to this is that the Army is older by about 5 months (June 1775 for the Army, November 1775 for the Marines). Both are proud organizations and we wouldn’t be the great nation we are without them.



military dot image Daryl    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I served in tthe US Army, Military Intelligence…I served from SE Asia to Europe and back…I have served TDY with the Army (My permanent assignment was with the Air Force…a very long story), and TDY with the Navy…in 1969 and 1970 respectively…Some of the finest men and women ( but not too many women at that time) I have ever been associated with, stationed with, and worked with were Marines…they are Gung Ho 155% of the time, give you the last drop of water in their canteen, and fight you over a beer…I have many fond memories of the Marines I served with and love every one of them…Including the bar we closed in Naples, Italy, August, 1970…Simper Fi gentlemen, carry on.

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