On this day at Tun Tavern, a tavern and brewery in Philadelphia, Penna, the innkeeper was commissioned by the Second Continental Congress to create two battalions of Marines. November 10, 1775 officially marks the birthday of one of the world’s best fighting forces, the United States Marine Corps. Tradition has it that any man who signed up was given a free beer.
The Marine Corps has a respected reputation and former General of the Armies, Douglas MacArthur describes it well,
I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
From its birth, the Marine Corps chose prospects based on their marksman skills to serve as sharpshooters on naval vessels. To this day, the tradition continues as U.S. Marines help protect all U.S. Navy ships. “Every Marine is a rifleman” is a well-known axiom reinforced by the ‘One Shot One Kill” mantra of ongoing Marine Corps marksmanship training, regardless of any other duties a Marine may perform. U.S. Army General John “Black Jack” Pershing correctly states,
The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.
Coupled with its rigorous ongoing training and physical preparedness, the Marine Corps has a proud history and continues to be recognized for its outstanding ability to take on tough challenges and win. As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General John W. Vessey puts it,
We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?
Throughout the years, the Marine Corps has adapted and can now overwhelm its targets through land, sea and air. Every Marine is continually trained on a variety of realistic environments and situations, leading Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Churchill, to state,
I am convinced that there is no smarter, handier, or more adaptable body of troops in the world.
I am proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps and will always be a Marine no matter what ‘uniform’ I wear. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” From the first moment that you step off the bus at a Marine Recruit Depot, esprit de corps is ingrained into your way of thinking. Few will fully understand and U.S. Army General William Thornson says it well,
There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.
Today marks the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy Birthday! Ooh Rah!!
Sergeant Barber, USMC
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem. ~ Ronald Reagan, President of the United States
The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand. ~ Richard Harding Davis
To learn more about the United States Marine Corps, I recommend visiting the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.