On this date in 1775, Congress chartered the United States Marine Corp. They:
…passed a resolution stating that “two battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This established the Continental Marines and marked the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, early Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid on foreign soil in the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of the Corps’ first commandant, Capt. Samuel Nicholas.
And so began an illustrious chapter in military history, one that fine young men and women continue to write to this day.
Happy Birthday, Devil Dogs!