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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps
By AlphaNews
11/10/2016 10:33:00 AM

Today we wish a Happy 241st Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. Semper Fi!

 The United States Marine Corps serves as the nation’s rapid response force. They are responsible for providing power from the sea leveraging other branches such as the U.S. Navy to quickly create combined-arms task forces. Their roots can be traced back to the first Continental Marines that were established on November 10, 1775, during the American Revolution to provide forces to naval ships and shore operations. Today, all Marines are trained as riflemen, and integrate combat arms, logistics and aviation assets in battle. 

Highly trained in amphibious combat, today’s U.S. Marines continue to protect liberty and freedom by operating posts on land and aboard warships around the world. The men and women who serve as Marines are highly regarded as elite warriors with honor, courage and deep commitment towards defending the U.S. Constitution. We thank all the heroic Marines who have fought for our freedoms and continue to guard our nation and core principles. Check out some of the things that make the Marine Crops great, as shown in ten inspiring images.

Here are some interesting facts about the U.S. Marine Corps:

  • In 1775 Samuel Nicholas became the first captain and commanding officer of the newly formed Marines and visited numerous public inns and taverns throughout the city of Philadelphia to begin recruiting. One of his first recruits was popular patriot and tavern owner Robert Mullan. Capt Mullan owned Tun Tavern, which subsequently became part of military lore as the birthplace of the Marine Corps.
  • With only two hours and 40 minutes of training, First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham courageously embarked on the Marine Corps' first solo training flight. Cunningham reported to the nation's first aviation camp in Annapolis, MD, on May 22, 1912, but was immediately ordered away on military duty. After a three-month delay, Cunningham received instruction on August 20 and began the rich legacy of Marine Corps aviation. Cunningham's flight was the seed for future successful Marine Corps aviation operations, leading up to World War I and beyond.
  • Ray Mabus, the United States Secretary of the Navy, also leads the Marine Corps. He is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $170 billion and leadership of almost 900,000 people.
  • The Marine motto is "Semper Fidelis" which means 'always faithful' in Latin and often appears as Semper Fi. Ooh Rah is common among Marines, being similar in function and purpose to the Army's hooah and the Navy's hooyah cries.
  • The Marine Band, dubbed the "President's Own" by Thomas Jefferson, provides music for state functions at the White House.
  • Vietnam was the longest war for Marines; by its end, 13,091 had been killed in action, 51,392 had been wounded, and 57 Medals of Honor had been awarded.
  • The Marine Corps is organized into four principal subdivisions: the Headquarters (HQMC), the Operating Forces, the Supporting Establishment, and the Reserve (MARFORRES or USMCR).
  • The dress blue uniform worn by noncommissioned officers, staff noncommissioned officers and officers feature the scarlet "blood stripe" down each trouser leg. Originally it honored those Marines who died in the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican War in 1847. Today, the blood stripe honors the memory of all fallen comrades.
  • At the start of 2010, Marines lead Operation Moshtarak, the largest military operation since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan and reclaimed cities across southern Afghanistan, including the Taliban stronghold of Marjah. The War in Afghanistan officially became the longest war in U.S. history in June of 2010. Marines continue to fight the Taliban and train Afghan soldiers to eventually shoulder the burden of Afghanistan's national security.
  • Currently the Marine Corps has 198,415 enlisted soldiers and officers, and over 40,000 reservists. 
  • All Marines must undergo a grueling 12 weeks of recruit training, culminating with the (hopefully) successful completion of The Crucible. All training takes place at either the Parris Island, SC or San Diego, CA bases.

Are you or someone you know a member of the Marine Corps? If so, check out this list of things only Marines understand, compiled by the Marine Corps Times.

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