Happy 237th Birthday Marine Corpsby Michael Patrick Brewer on Nov. 10, 2012, under Veterans Benefits
I declare that I will never tire of saying this as long as I am breathing and able to eek out a one more… OOORAH!
There are only 176,000 of us on active duty, the smallest of all the Armed Forces.
The United States Marine Corps traces its institutional roots to the Continental Marines of the Revolutionary War, formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on the 10th of November, 1775 at Tuns Tavern in Philadelphia, Pa.
One of the Marines more notable actions occurred during the First Barbary War, 1801-1805 against the Barbary Pirates. Some now say, the first terrorist attack. William Eaton and Lt. Presley O”Bannon led eight, imagine that, just eight Marines and approximately 500 mercenaries in an effort to seize Tripoli. This siege attempt only reached Derna, yet the action has been memorialized in the lyrics of the Marine Corps hymn and the Mameluke Sword adorned by Marine officers.
The whole Tripoli aspect of military history being re-visited again is a bit uncanny.
The values and discipline we learned in the Marine Corps travel with me like the calcium in my bones.
“Here’s health to you and to our Corps/ Which we are proud to serve/ In many a strife we’ve fought for life/ and never lost our nerve/ If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven’s scenes/They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.