Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 10, 1775 - Happy Birthday

"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 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 by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalion of Marines."

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress issued the above resolution and ordered newly commissioned Captain Samuel Nicholas to establish two battalions of Marines, commissioned to conduct offensive and defensive combat missions during boarding actions and to protect a ship's officers from mutiny.  Captain Nicholas established the recruiting station to be Tun Tavern in Philadelphia with the then bar owner, Robert Mullen as chief Marine Recruiter.

From that November in Philadelphia 235 years ago to this overcast morning in New Hampshire today, Americans have been kept safe and have remained free because United States Marines have gone first.  Freedom comes with a heavy cost and the United States Marines pay most of your share.

To my brother Jim, my brother-in-law Steve, my California friend Maria and every other Marine, Happy Birthday!!!

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