Today is the birthday of the Continental Marine Force of the American Colonies. It was founded during the Revolutionary War and was authorized by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775. This small group, with 131 officers and about 2,000 enlisted men, was the genesis of the modern day United States Marine Corps.
The Corps was founded in Tun Tavern at the corner of Water Street and Tun Alley in the city of Philadelphia which is now located under Interstate 95. This seems appropriate since Marines have always had the dirtiest assignments and when a war is over they get run over by budget cuts and threats of disbandment.
Marines, Marine Corps Veterans and especially "old" Jarheads celebrate this historic day.
Semper Fi Marines!
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