A Brief History of the United States Marine Corps: Background information when reading Redeployment

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by Phil Klay

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A Brief History of the United States Marine Corps

Phil KlayRedeployment author Phil Klay's service as a Marine made him part of what is arguably the most revered part of the United States military. The Corps is not technically a branch of the U.S. military, but is a special service affiliated with the Navy. The Army was established by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775 and the Navy on October 13, 1775. The Marine Corps began as a naval infantry by order of the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775 when volunteers responded to the recruiting call at taverns around Philadelphia. The owner of Tun Tavern, Robert Mullan, was one of the first to accept the call and his establishment is now affectionately known as the birthplace of the Marine Corps. Service members designated as Marines have served in every naval action since. The Corp's official date of U.S. Congressional origin is July 11, 1798.

Five Marines and their NCO, 1864Marines began as guards for the Navy's vessels and their role was initially based on Britain's own fighters of the same ...

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