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  • Marine Corps Birthday

    Today is the 244th anniversary of the founding of the US Marine Corps. It is the only military organization that I know of that was founded in a bar.

    Semper Fi and Happy Birthday.

    And before anyone asks, I placed it here as the Marines played a prominent part in US military operations in two wars during the period.
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

  • #2
    Semper Fi Marine.


    The long toll of the brave
    Is not lost in darkness
    Over the fruitful earth
    And athwart the seas
    Hath passed the light of noble deeds
    Unquenchable forever.

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    • #3
      Thanks!

      We are not now that strength which in old days
      Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
      Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
      To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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      • #4
        There were around a half dozen Continental Marines still on active duty during the short period between the Continental & US Naval/Military Establishments when no Army personnel were in service. A big argument always ensues, but that makes the Marines the oldest continuous service, bar none. The Continental Navy & Army ceased to exist for a short period. The few Marines aforementioned remained on duty.
        On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

        ACG History Today

        BoRG

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        • #5
          Do you have a reference for this? I would be very interested to see it.

          When the Continental Army was disbanded in late 1783, a detachment was kept and stationed at West Point. That was the nucleus of what would become the United States Army. So, there was at least a detachment of 55 troops kept on active duty after the Continental Army was disbanded.
          We are not now that strength which in old days
          Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
          Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
          To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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          • #6
            You may be correct, though, IIRC, the Payroll to the Army contingent was interrupted during the transition from Continental to United States Congress. The few Marines supposedly got paid because they were protecting government individuals, and suffered no interruption as an immediate result.

            Can’t swear to the veracity of said story, it’s been at least 5 years since I last pursued it.

            Cheers, mate!
            On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

            ACG History Today

            BoRG

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