Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps...


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On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Captain (later Major) Samuel Nicholas.

The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navy's ships were sold, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence.


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Drew Carey – Comedian and actor Drew Carey served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1980 to 1986. He credits his trademark haircut and glasses to the time he spent with the Marines. While in the Marines, Carey tried his hand at standup comedy and earned $10 per joke. He found success in show business, but maintains close connections to the military via the USO.

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