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.
A pistol is seen holstered as a U.S. Army soldier from Charlie Company 4th Platoon, 1st Brigade 3-21 Infantry prepares to go on patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan June 10, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
American 75th Regiment training at Fort Knox for the annual Task Force Training to evaluate their operational efficiency during combat scenarios. American Rangers are constantly training to achieve the highest level of operational proficiency.