Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy 238th Birthday, United States Marine Corps

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US Marines in the Washington Navy Yard, 1864.
Public Domain (link)

The few.  The proud.  The Marines.

Today the United States Marine Corps (USMC) celebrate their 238th birthday .... from the USMC History Division website (link),

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Captain (later Major) Samuel Nicholas. The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navy's ships were sold, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence.

Following the Revolutionary War and the formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798, Marines saw action in the quasi-war with France, landed in Santo Domingo, and took part in many operations against the Barbary pirates along the "Shores of Tripoli".


I came to appreciate the Marines every time I visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) overlooking Kaneohe Bay.   In honor of the Marine Corps, I am giving away a MCBH tote bag plus a book choice from my convention stash ... because they guarantee your freedom.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about the USMC - do you know any Marines?  Do you have a favorite movie about the Marines?

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, November 16, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 17.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Marines from Headquarters & Service Company, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines, 
conducting a dawn patrol in Nawa District, Afghanistan.
Image by Sgt. Mark Fayloga
Public Domain (link)

21 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday U.S. Marines...Yes, a few of my friends from high school were in the Marines!

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  2. My husband's best friend was a Marine. He was shot in the shoulder in VietNam but was able to come home.

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  3. My dad was a Marine. He served in the Korean war. I love to see the photos of my dad in his Marine uniform with my mom many decades ago. He has passed away now, but will always be in our hearts.

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  4. Happy Birthday! I don't personally know anyone in the Marines, but I've been fortunate to meet several retired Marines who come into our store.

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  5. Happy Birthday to the USMC. I don't personally know any Marines. One of my favorite Marines movies is Jarhead.

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  6. I liked some of the earlier films like 'The Sands of Iwo Jima' with John Wayne.

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  7. Happy Birthday to the USMC. My father was a World War II Marine Veteran, having landed at Iwo Jima in an amphibious tank, and my niece's husband and my great nephew are both Marine veterans, my great nephew was just released from service a couple of days ago after serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I grew up near Camp Pendleton in Southern California, so Marines were a large part of my community growing up and I appreciate them, as well as all service members, very much.

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  8. Happy Birthday to the USMC!

    I almost married an active duty marine. Does that count? ;) I still love the uniform.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. A big Happy Birthday to the Marines. I do not know anyone who served in the Marines, even though I am Canada I thank God for the US armed services who really protect the world.

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  10. Happy bay to the marines, great job
    Kimh

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  12. Happy Birthday to the US Marines! I don't know any personally but as a Canadian, I do appreciate all military service members who sacrifice so much for all our freedoms. Tom Cruise's A Few Good Men is my favorite marines movies.

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  13. Happy Birthday Marines!!

    I don't know any Marines, but they do make for fabulous reading.

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  14. Happy birthday to the Marines! I wish I knew some but I don't know any.

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  15. Happy Birthday to the Marines. I don't know any marines, only Air Force, Army and Navy people.

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  16. Years back I had an employee who stood out from all the other technicians that worked for me. He was quite, very mannerly, extremely efficient, and was technically superior to his co-workers. When the position of my assistant became available (promotion ) he was the only candidate that I considered. Yup... a retired Marine!

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  17. ONe of the teachers at my school was in the Marines.

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  18. Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marines! A Few Good Men is a favorite movie of mine.

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  19. Happy birthday, USMC. I don't know any Marines. One of my brothers-in-law used to be one, though.

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  20. I do have fav marine movie but \("▔□▔)/ ARGHHHH!!! I always can't remember the title

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