Good Morning Gentle Readers,
I am a reluctant warrior, but if you must go to war, or if you're in a bar fight, these boys is who you want to have your back. Or maybe the IDF. But it ain't their birthday.
Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery
Resolution of the Continental Congress on 10 November 1775.....
Resolved, that two Battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors & Officers as usual in other regiments, that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to office or inlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea, when required. That they be inlisted and commissioned for and during the present war with Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by Congress. That they be distinguished by the names of the first & second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered a part of the number, which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.
Note the archaic spelling of inlisted.
Wonder if they'll be serving any of this at the Marine Corps Ball:
Please note: The wine is a red wine, a manly wine, as all wine would be if it could choose its destiny.
Photo Credit: TWC 11-23-11 ©