The United States Marine Corps is a force in
always prepared to fight, anywhere, anytime.
|There is a special aura
surrounding the word "Marine". It means something different
than a soldier, a cut above, and more can be expected from this
person. Pride and cockiness are the trademarks of Marines, the
strongest brotherhood in the world. To serve in the Marine Corps
is to serve in an organization that demands and delivers excellence
beyond all others. Service in the Marines leaves a lasting
impression upon the innermost being of everyone who is privileged enough
to serve. "Once a Marine, Always a Marine." To
dispute this is to invite a brawl.
Marines enjoy a reputation of prowess in battle, that was earned "in every clime and place" throughout the world in our nation's history.
While other services recruit by promising benefits, pay incentives, education opportunities and job selections, the Marine Corps recruiting is markedly different. (See recruiting posters) Slogans such as "Maybe you can be one of us", "We never promised you a rose garden" and "We're looking for a few good men and women" lay down the challenge for the extraordinary young men and women who will become the next generation of Marines.
Marine Corps History
During the war of 1812 with England, the British burned nearly every public building in Washington (including the White House and the Capital). The Marine Barracks were spared the burning out of respect.
During the Dark Ages, Vikings performed many ship to shore raids. Although not as orthodox as their predecessors, their amphibious tactics would qualify them as Marines.
As early as 1740, England had raised four battalions of 3,000 men for service against Spain. These men were known as "Gooch's Marines", after their leader Colonel William Gooch. In 1741, Gooch's Marines secured Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a British fleet base. (US Marines landed and secured Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from the Spanish later in June of 1898)
Another name associated with Gooch's Marines is Admiral Edward Vernon. He was taken by a young Marine officer in the regiment for a home he built at Little Hunting Creek, Virginia; he called it 'Mount Vernon'. The officer was Lawrence Washington, and upon his death the home passed to his younger brother, our first president.
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