I.E.M.R.A.
U.S. MARINES
The United States Marines

On November 10th, 1775, the Continental Congress formed the US Marine Corps, initially named the Continental Marines, to serve both on the land and on water.  Samuel Nicholas was named the Corps’ first commandant. The Marines were formed to serve as a fighting force aboard US ships to protect the ships from attack and the officers from mutiny.  

In December 1776, the Marines take part in the first battle fought alongside the Army. The Continental Marines aided George Washington and his troops in the second battle at Trenton, NJ.

In April 1783, the Marines were dissolved, but were reconvened in July of 1798. The Marines have been an invaluable American fighting force ever since their creation.

During the war of 1812, when the U.S. capital was set ablaze by British soldiers, only the USMC barracks were left untouched as a gesture of respect and acknowledgement that the USMC was modeled after the British Marine Corps.

Today the Marines officially operate as a division of the Department of the US Navy however they are a unique brotherhood of brave warriors who live by the call, “Semper Fidelis” the Latin motto adopted by the Corps in 1883 and heralds the Marines’ character, “Always Faithful.”  The USMC is the only branch of the military capable of air, ground and amphibious attack as well as combat logistics. America is proud of and grateful to her dedicated warriors.
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