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November 10, 2004

Happy Birthday, United States Marines!

My, how you've grown:

JOURNAL OF THE CONTINENTIAL CONGRESS

(Philadelphia)

Friday, November 10, 1775

Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised, consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and other officers as usual in other regiments; and that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered as part of the number which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.

Ordered, That a copy of the above be transmitted to the General.

Two-hundred-twenty-nine years old. But they read at the level of a two-hundred-fifty-six year old.

Thanks to both ScottK and JimM for the tip. Stupid me, I forgot to buy a gift.

Gee, I wonder if they'd want booze...

More: Halls of Montezuma has some Marine bragadoccio, both funny and well-earned, with lots of links.

The New York Post also celebrates the Marines' birthday.

Thanks again to ScottK.


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