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The M855A1 Green Round & the “Rest of the Story”
M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round and its environmentally friendly projectile. US Army PhotoThe House Armed Services Committee asked the Pentagon in late April why the Army and the Marines use different primary ammunition types in their most common small arms caliber 5.56mm. Congress’ question caused a virtual avalanche of commentary in the blogosphere with an overwhelming majority of it emphasizing M855A1’s “green round” roots and strongly implying a lack of capability because it’s environmentally friendly. The reality is that M855A1 is an extremely lethal and versatile round. Its lethality and capability to penetrate a wide variety of materials is largely unaddressed in media reports but irrefutable in practice.

November 10, 1775: The U.S. Marine Corps Is Founded

On this day in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps was founded. The birthplace of the Marines is tied to the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which was used as a recruiting headquarters for the Revolutionary War in November of 1775. The Corps was later abolished at the war’s end, for economic reasons, and reestablished on July 11.

The Marine Corps celebrated its new birthday, or Marine Corps Day, on July 11 from 1799 until 1921. In 1921, the date was permanently changed to November 10 to commemorate the establishment of the Corps to aid in the Revolutionary War.

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Photo: Couresy of USMC War Memorial Night by Catie Drew.