On November 10, 1775, Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines in Philadelphia as Naval Infantry. Since that time the mission of the Marine Corps has evolved along with the changing military doctrine and American foreign policy. And in that evolution the Corps has evolved into the greatest fighting, as well as peace keeping, force in the world.
The Marines have served with valor and distinction in every American armed conflict since then and have attained prominence with it’s theories and practices of amphibious warfare. They were the main force in the Pacific in WWII, fought with nothing but courage and determination in Korea and Vietnam. They have had a major presence in every conflict and stationed in every country where the threat of American aggression has been seen.
It’s ability to rapidly respond on short notice to any crises will make them the leader in the 21st Century and beyond. They will be the major force in upholding American policy in the world.
One of my favorite Marine quotes is from Gen. James Mattis to the local Iraqi leadership in his AO, "I come in peace, I did not bring artillery, but I plead with you, with tears in my eyes, if you fuck with me I will kill you all." Simple fact and truth!
Happy Birthday to all you Jarheads out there, from the ground pounding grunts to the zoomies of the air. Semper Fidelis!