Marine Corps News

  • (Right to left) Major Gen. Joseph L. Osterman passes the Marine Corps colors to Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 26, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Ryan C. Mains)
    MARSOC Receives New Commander
    The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.|
    Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III assumed command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) on Tuesday morning.
  • The Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay maintains and operates the airfield facilities of Marine Corps Base Hawaii in support of the readiness and global projection of DoD and military operating forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)
    Wave-energy Tests Underway at Marine Base
    The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
    The Navy, the Marine Corps, representatives from energy companies and local lawmakers joined together Tuesday at a blessing cer...
  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins his son, Marine 2nd Lt. Michael J. Pence, second from left, during Michael Pence's Officer Candidate School graduation aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, March 20, 2015. Sgt Tyler S. Mitchell/Marine Corps
    Both Vice Presidential Candidates Have Marine Sons|
    Both Democratic vice presidential pick Tim Kaine and Republican running mate Mike Pence have sons who are junior Marine officers.


Marine Corps Birthday

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and 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 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, increasing conflict with Revolutionary France led to 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".

Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. To date, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.

Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, organized into three divisions stationed at Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere on short notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning "Always Faithful" in Latin.

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