U.S. Marine Corps Turns 248

Happy 248th Birthday United States Marine Corps

On November 10th, we celebrate the 248th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Founded in 1775, the Marines are the nation’s expeditionary force, ready to respond to crises around the world at a moment’s notice. 

We honor the brave men and women of the Marine Corps for their selfless service and sacrifice in defense of our country. 

Their unwavering courage, dedication to duty and commitment to honor and integrity represent the very best of America. We salute all Marines past and present on your 248th birthday. 

Thank you for continuing to embody your proud motto of Semper Fidelis, and may you have many more birthdays to come. Happy Birthday United States Marines!

Fun Facts About the U.S. Marine Corps

Here are some intriguing bits of trivia about the Marines:

– The Marine Corps was established on November 10, 1775 by the Second Continental Congress, making it older than the Declaration of Independence! 

– The Marines’ first amphibious landing took place in March 1776 when they captured gunpowder in the Bahamas—just months before the Declaration.

– “Semper Fidelis” (Always Faithful) has been the Marine Corps’ motto since 1883. It summarizes their distinguished loyalty and commitment. 

– The Marine Corps emblem features an eagle, globe and anchor representing their ties to nation, worldwide presence and naval heritage.

– Marines have three main uniform types: field, dress and service. There are nine commissioned officer ranks and five warrant officer ranks.

– Despite their small size, the Marine Corps is considered America’s premier crisis response force, the first boots on the ground. 

– Amphibious warfare—attacking from sea to land—is a hallmark of Marine strategy since their inception. Iwo Jima in WWII is a legendary example.

– Marine boot camp is notoriously rigorous, meant to build extreme mental and physical discipline. Earning the title “Marine” is a remarkable achievement.

– Many famous actors, comedians, politicians and athletes have Marine Corps backgrounds, including Drew Carey, Rob Riggle and Adam Driver to name a few.

With their distinguished history and elite warriors, it’s no wonder the U.S. Marine Corps is “the few and the proud.” 

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