The Marine Corps Essay

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The Marine Corps



The following was a submitted report for a U.S. History research paper assignment


We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea. First to fight for right and
freedom, and to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States
Marine.


Our flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun. We have fought in every
clime and place, where we could take a gun. In the snow of far off northern lands and in
sunny tropic scenes, You will find us always on the job, The United States Marines.


Here's health to you and to our Corps which we are proud to serve. In many a strife we've
fought for life and never lost our nerve. If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's
scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines."


The Marine hymn is eternally etched in the mind's and soul of every recruit and officer
who have served in the United States Marine Corps. Every Marine has gone through boot
camp, each sacrificing blood, sweat, and tears. One thing that has never deteriorated in
their years of existence is the fact that they have yet to lose a war they have put effort
in. Is this exceptional record due to their extensive training? Is it because of their
aggressive nature and mindset? What is to follow may shed some light on these questions
and perhaps give some type of insight on how the Marine Corps was so prevailing and what
conflicts had they had conquered.

1775, November 10th. This date is memorized and celebrated by every United States Marine
as something of excellence, a date of honor. This

date is non other than the "birthdate" of the Marine Corps. It was on this date that the
Continental Congress passed a resolution to create two

operational battalions of American Marines. These men would ultimately be headed by
Captain Samuel Nicholas, of the United States Naval department. It was in Philadelphia
that the first Marines were grouped and trained for their inaugural mission.

The three hundred Marines that had been recruited, were placed aboard eight transport
ships, all destined for the beaches of New Providence (the Bahamas). Upon their landing on
March 3rd, 1776, they fought up the beach, sweeping through a barrage of bullets, and took
command of two small stone forts and a number of military storage complexes. This was
marked as the first mission of the Marines, as well as their first success over seas.

In December, now under command of Major Samuel Nicholas, the Marines of now three
companies, made their way towards Trenton in hopes of joining Washington in his fight at
the Battle of Princeton.

In the months to come, the Marines would assist the "American" forces against the English,
and finally, gaining the Independence for America on July 4th, 1776. It was on July 11,
1798 that President John

Adams signed a bill, which would allow the United States Marine Corps to officialize and
gain a total of five hundred privates, as well as necessary officers and non-commissioned
officers. It would be the next decade that the Marines would be victorious in the
"Quasi-War" with France (1798-1801), the "Barbary Wars" (1801-1815) as well as the "Second
War of

Independence" (1812-1815).
Training for these young men was crude. The Marines had little resources and even less
area to train within. It would be, for most of the remaining 1800s, that the Marines be
used to conquer additional land in

areas such as China, Formosa, Japan, Korea, Samoa, Hawaii, Panama, Nicaragua, Uruguay,
Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Haiti, and Egypt. These Marines would be sent in,
followed by the "Bluejackets", to claim

land and objectives (property) for the United States for the purpose of "protecting American lives and property".
After the United States declared war against Germany on April 6th, 1917, three oversized
battalions of Marines set sail to France where they would find duties on ports as guards
and Military Policemen. It was the second regiment, the 6th, that would join the trenches
at Verdun, France. What would end up a coincidence, or not, the German offensive forces
ended their campaign with an armistice only a day after the Marine Corps birthday...
November 11th.

Throughout this time, the Marines had established numerous bases in which to train (within
the United States) and equip their soldiers. One of the more famous of these bases would
be the training camp in Quantico, Virginia. The latest equipment would be delivered here,
and the newest training techniques implemented. It was from these camps that troops would

depart to new conflicts, including World War II in Africa, and both Eastern (France) and
Western Europe (Germany). These forces would also depart to the Pacific War. These two
wars would be won in time and as before, the country would fall silent to peace. That is,
after the Cold "War" (conflict).

During these periods (of peace), the United States government would have the needed time
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