Continental Marines: Notable Dates

Notable USMC Dates of the Revolutionary War

1776, March

Marines land on New Providence Island, Bahamas. In 13 days the secure two forts, occupy Nassau, control the Government House, seize 88 guns, 16,535 shells, and other supplies.

1776, December

Marines assist Washington’s Army in the second battle of Trenton, marking the first documented Army-Marine engagement. Later that spring, Washington incorporated some Marines into artillery units of his reorganized Army.

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History Of The USMC Emblem and Seal

History Of The Marine Corps Emblem and Seal

The history of the Marine Corps emblem is a story related to the history of the Corps itself. The emblem of today traces its roots to the designs and ornaments of early Continental Marines as well as British Royal Marines. The emblem took its present form in 1868. Before that time many devices, ornaments, and distinguishing marks followed one another as official marks of the Corps.

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Eulogy for a Fallen Marine

Eulogy for a Fallen Marine
Compiled by R. E. “Pat” Ruckstuhl, Sgt USMC 1966-1972

“Once a Marine Always a Marine” A eulogy to (Rank and Name of Fallen Marine)

(Photograph of Deceased Marine)

Service Record:

(Marines Name and Rank) entered the USMC (date).
He served with the (Battalion, Regiment, and Division).
During his tour of duty he received (from DD-214Decorations, Medals, Badges and commendations) Separation of Service was (date separated).

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Flag Order of Precedence

Order of precedence when displaying miltitary flags together

In addition to belonging to the Marine Corps League, I also belong to an American Legion Post. Recently, our post purchased service flags to be displayed in the post home. I keep telling the former Navy members that the Marine Corps flag is displayed after the Army flag but before the Navy Flag. They have yet to get it through their head even after I have shown them a joint color guard with the Marine Corps flag after the Army and before the Navy, So I am taking this document to the next post meeting. DOD Directive 1005.8 spells it out and I have included some official scoop for all who read this column as this is a very very common mistake which is created in a lot of veteran organization homes:

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The U.S. Marines: An Early History

An Early History of the USMC

After several attempts by the American colonies reconcile the Crown and the American people, the Colonial Congress decided to assume a more serious attitude. A congressional committee drafted a resolution that created a new unit: the Continental Marines. The entire legislative body approved the resolution on November 10, 1775, the celebrated birthday of the US Marines. Robert Mullan (owner of Tun Tavern, the Philadelphia inn where the original resolution was drafted) was named a Marine Captain, and Samuel Nicholas (owner of another local tavern) was designated commandant of the Continental Marines.

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Korean War Service Medal

Update on the Korean War Service Medal
From an article by Mike Lazorchak in the
Marine Corps Times April 23,2001

Eligible veterans who served on the Korean Peninsula, flew over it or served in the waters adjacent to it at any time between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953, still may apply for the Korean War Service Medal.

The Air Force, as the lead military agency, is accepting and approving applications and issuing the awards to veterans of all services. Applications, which must include a copy of DD Form 214 (discharge papers), may be sent to:

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Lejern Lejeune Master Fall 2007

Lejern Lejeune Master Fall 2007 (.pdf document)

The common denominator of all Marine Corps virtues is “respect”. Therefore, it would, indeed, be difficult, if not impossible to find a Marine past or present who has earned our respect, more than Major General John Archer Lejeune, pronounced LeJERN. Every year Marines worldwide read, as ordered in November of 1921, General Lejeune’s (pronounced LeJERN) Birthday message which enhanced our much-envied 10 November tradition.

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Obtain Marine Corps Graduation Books and Videos or Platoon Photos

How do I obtain Platoon Photos?

MCRD San Diego:
The Yearbook Office keeps records for two years. For more information they can be contacted at (619) 296-3840.
To purchase Platoon Grad photos over the phone please call (619) 524-4426 or you may choose to purchase online, please visit the MCRD Museum Historical Society website.

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Marine Corps Prayer

The Marine Corps Prayer

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of thy presence and obedient to thy will.

Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate to those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.

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