The history of the Marine Corps began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting both at sea and on shore. In the Pacific theater of World War II the Corps took the lead in a massive campaign of amphibious warfare, advancing from island to island. As of 2017, the USMC has around 186,000 active duty members and some 38,500 reserve Marines. It is the smallest U.S. military service within the DoD.
... Sergeant Faustin E. Wirkus was crowned king of La Gonâve, an Island in Haiti, in 1926 and ruled until his detachment returned home in 1929. As king, Faustin made many reforms on the island and his rule was noted as a "peaceful and flourishing time."
... the term "Leatherneck" for a Marine came from 1798, when the Marine Corps began issuing "one stock of black leather and clasp" to Marines. The band of leather was used to protect the neck when fighting with swords.
... Archibald Henderson, the Grand Old Man of the Marine Corps, established the idea of the Marines as "ready to fight", however, in his time, fighting units were formed by gathering up Marines from Navy ships and shore stations.
... Until 1900, the size of the Corps had never exceeded 3,000 Marines and had been armed almost entirely with rifles.
... before "Semper Fidelis" became the Marine Corps official motto in 1883, there were three unofficial mottos: "By Sea and by Land," "Fortitudine," and "To the shores of Tripoli."
"The center of gravity of the Marine Corps is its people, and the American people trust us with
this precious resource - their sons and daughters. Our core values of honor, courage, and commitment
are engrained in our culture. Marine leaders have a moral obligation to ensure the health and welfare
of the Nation's Marines from the day they commit to serve. We take this responsibility seriously and
strive to maintain the trust and confidence of Congress and the American people. Taking care of
Marines and their families is a key element of overall readiness, combat effectiveness, and warfighting."
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