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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
THE MENTAL AND MORAL QUALITIES ..I lb.- United Static Marine have been tested constantly since the birth of the nation All through the long history of the Marine Corps there are example , 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 back to November 10. 1775, when it was established by the Contintental Congress. In the Revolutionary War, the Marines fought agaiirst the British Fleet on the ships of John Paul Jones, and made their first amphibious landing on the beaches of the Bahama in 1776. Marines ended their war with the Mediterranean pirates when they planted the Stars and Stripes oxer the pirate stronghold of Derne. in Tripoli, after a six-hundred-mile march across the desert of North Africa In the War of 1812. they fought on l.akc Champlain ami l.ake 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 tin- Mexican War of 1816-48 Their first visit to Japan came in 1854 as guard detachments from the ship of Commi docc Perry's fleet Under the command of Colonel Robert E. la-e. S.A., Marines captured John Brown at Harper Ferry in 1859
They fought ravages in Formosa in 1867. ami stormed the harrier forts of Kore. in 1871 During the Spanish-Amcriean War. a single ixattalion of s.arine held the naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Cuba, against 6.P » Spaniards, while other I .cat her necks distinguished them-selves a .ie Batik- of Santiago ami with Dewev at Manila They
helped quell the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. ami from then on until World War I. men of the Corps campaigned in the Philippine . Cuba. Mexico. Haiti, ami Santo Domingo to protect American lives and pro|K rty.
On the battlefields of France. Marines were called "Devil Dogs" by the German because of their courage and tenacity of attack In the first World War. (he Fourth Brigade of Marines took part in five operations as part of tin- famed Second Division of the A.E.F.—Belleau Wood. Soivsons. St Mihicl. Chapagne. ami tin- Meusc-Argonne Marine units were decorated six times by the French during these campaigns
The interim between work! wars found the Marines engaged in developing the technique of amphibious warfare and in their traditional pursuits around tin- glolie. from guarding the U S mails to fighting bandits in Nkaragua
World War II saw the men who wear the eagle, globe, and ami anchor valiantly defend Wake Island ami Bataan ami then s| carhcad the amphibious landings across the Pacific, in the Solomons, at Tarawa. Saipan. Guam. Iwo Jima. ami Okinawa, to name a few Following the war. Marines found a new type of service—duty with United Nations Forces in Korea
The United State Marine Corps, rich in tradition ami world-famed for its battle record ami esprit de corps, plays an important rok- as the nation's "force-in-readiness" to help keep the peace- throughout the w cld today
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