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Happy 238 and Vets Day tomorrow!

The official and unofficial history of the Corps

On 5 November 1775, Samuel Nicholas was commissioned a "Captain of Marines" by the Second Continental Congress, which was the first commission issued in the Continental Naval Service. His commission was confirmed in writing on 28 November, 18 days after the Continental Congress resolved on 10 November 1775, that:

"That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines."

Captain Nicholas no sooner received official confirmation of his appointment to office than he established recruiting headquarters at Tun Tavern, Philadelphia.

Their mission was multi-purpose, but their most important duty was to serve as on-board security forces, protecting the Captain of a ship and his officers. During naval engagements Marine sharpshooters were stationed in the fighting tops of the ships' masts, and were supposed to shoot the opponent's officers, naval gunners, and helmsmen. The Marines were used to conduct amphibious landings and raids during the American Revolution.

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So, that’s the official history of my Corps. Here’s the unofficial (but likely more realistic) history:

As the Colonies which would become the United States of America attempted to establish a naval force capable of fighting the British, one thing became apparent; they couldn’t keep their officers alive long enough to win the war. At least not with only sailors onboard who couldn’t shoot straight apparently.

They also were not able to conduct raids on the enemy from sea to shore, at least not with those sailors.

The British were enlisting pirates (called Privateers), and they were good at these things. What the Colonies needed, were “pirates” of their own, you know, like Vikings.

Solution? Marines.

So, Capt. Nicholas has to recruit some Colonial “pirates or Vikings”, hrmmm, where would you do that? Where else, A BAR!

So, the first of these scurvy dogs shows up, he wasn’t gonna be no officer; this guy was so salty he scrapped salt off his sleeves to season his meal. This guy can shoot wings off a fly at 100 yards, and is so quiet, you can hear a rat pissing on cotton. He also happens to be a master artillery gunner; so, he’s the first Master Gunnery Sargent of the Corps. After he signs up, Capt. Nicholas asks him to wait outside.

The next fellow shows up, he’s younger, educated and not near as scurvy, he might make a good Lt., so Capt. Nicholas signs him up, and asks him to go wait outside.

The kids sits down next to the Master Guns, who turns to the kid and says, “Son, let me tell you what it was like in the Old Corps…”

The rest as they say, was history.

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Bringing this back for a second veterans day and saying thank you to all my fellow vets who have given their freedom in defense of this great nation.
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Thanks for bringing this back!

239 years and still going strong!

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242 years old, and STILL don't look a year over 60!

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