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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
THE MENTAL AND MORAL QUALITIES of the United States Marine have been tested constantly since the birth of the nation. All through the long history of the Marine Corps there are examples, both in war and peace, of his versatility, trustworthiness, singleness and tenacity of purpose, courage, faithfulness and self-sacrifice.
The rich tradition of the Corps dates hack to November 10. 1775, when it was established by the Continental Congress. In the Revolutionary War. the Marines fought against the British Fleet on the ships of John Paul Jones, and made their first amphibious landing on the beaches of the Bahamas in 1776. Marines ended their war with the Mediterranean pirates when they planted the Stars and Stripes over the pirate stronghold of Dernc. in Tripoli, after a six-hundred-mile march across the desert of North Africa. In the War of 1812, they fought on Lake Champlain and Lake Erie, and were with General Jackson behind the barricades at New Orleans.
They defeated the Seminole Indians in the dense swamps of Florida in 1836. and fought under General Scott in the Mexican War of 1846-48. Their first visit to Japan came in 1834 as guard detachments from the ships of Commodore Perry's fleet. Under the command of Colonel Robert E. I.cc, U.S.A., Marines captures! John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859.
They fought savages in Formosa in 1867. and stormed the barrier forts of Korea in 1871. During the Spanish-Amcrican War. a single battalion of Marines held the nasal base at Guantanamo Bay. Cuba, against 6,000 Spaniards, while other Leathernecks distinguished themselves at the Battle of Santiago and with Dewey at Manila. They
helped quell the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. and from then on until World War I, men of the Corps campaigned in the Philippines, Cuba. Mexico. Haiti, and Santo Domingo to protect American lives and property.
On the battlefields of France. Marines were called "Devil Dogs" by the Germans because of their courage and tenacity of attack. In the first World War. the Fourth Brigade of Marines took part in five operations as part of the famed Second Division of the A.E.F.—Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Champagne, and the Meuse-Argonne. Marine units were decorated six times by the French during these campaigns.
The interim between world wars found the Marines engaged in developing the technique of amphibious warfare and in their traditional pursuits around the globe, from guarding the U. S. mails to fighting bandits in Nicaragua.
World War II saw the men who wear the eagle, globe, and anchor valiantly defend Wake Island and Bataan and then spearhead the amphibious landings across the Pacific ... in the Solomons, at Tarawa, Saipan. Guam, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, to name a few. Following the war, Marines found a new type of service—duty with United Nations Forces in Korea.
The United States Marine Corps, rich in traditioo and world-famed for its battle record and esprit dc corps, plays an important role as the nation's "force-in readiness" to help keep the peace throughout the world today.
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