November 10, 2005

Nov. 10, 1775

230 years ago today, November 10, 1775, The Second Continental Congress resolved,

"That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant-Colonels, two Majors, and other 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 offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalion of Marines."
In other words, today is the 230th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

I raise a beer to, and with, my fellow Marines, and to Major Samuel Nicholas, the first Commandant of the Corps, who began his recruiting in a tavern... Tun Tavern. Yes, we were born in a bar. And before you leave, let another drink be tipped: Happy Birthday, Chesty, wherever you are!

Stop by and wish these fellow Marines a Happy Birthday, as well:

The Adventures of Chester
Coalition of the Swilling
Daisy Cutter
Daniel, USMC
The Evangelical Outpost
Flight Pundit
From the Halls To the Shores
Grim's Hall
Grendel's Dragon
The Gun Line
Howdy's Blog
Hurl's Blog
In The Middle of America
Joshua Seevers
Ogre's Politics and Views
One Marine's View
Ramblings of an Ordinary
Random Firings of Neurons
Right Equals Might
Scottish Tanker Hooligans
Social Sense
Stacking Swivel
Straight White Guy
Team Med-Fah
The Word Unheard

I realize that I've missed some, forgive me. If you know of any others out there, please let me know in the comments...

Posted by That 1 Guy at November 10, 2005 03:41 AM

And a very Happy Birthday to you!! I was a Marine Mom long before I was an Air Force Wife or Army Mom, and I definitely love my Devil Dogs!

Posted by: Marty at November 10, 2005 06:00 AM

Happy Birthday Big Guy!!!

And thanks for the list - it rocks.....

Posted by: Tammi at November 10, 2005 06:50 AM

Go Marines! *raises glass, empties, refills, raises again*

BTW you'd be surprised what was done out of taverns back then.

Posted by: Contagion at November 10, 2005 07:08 AM

Happy 230th Birthday Marine and thank you for serving our country. Thank you too for being a part of why this is the land of the free.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 10, 2005 07:38 AM

Happy Birthday. And thanks.

Posted by: Richmond at November 10, 2005 10:24 AM

Born in a bar, raised in a bar, and still in the bar. Go figure. ;)

Posted by: Ogre at November 10, 2005 10:28 AM

Happy Birthday, BlogBro! Gee ... with 2 Marines for Blog brothers, I should claim honorary status ;-)

Posted by: Barb at November 10, 2005 10:29 AM

Thanks for the visit, brother Marine. Have a great b-day and Semper Fi.

Posted by: DC at November 10, 2005 10:37 AM

Happy Birthday Marine!

And thanks for stopping by the Coalition of the Swilling!

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at November 10, 2005 12:27 PM

Happy Birthday Brother

Posted by: Michael at November 10, 2005 01:08 PM

Semper Fi, from another fellow Marine!

Posted by: G at November 10, 2005 02:38 PM

Happy Birthday, my big friend!

Posted by: Bou at November 10, 2005 02:45 PM

Happy Birthday and thank you...

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at November 10, 2005 02:59 PM

Happy Birthday, Marine! Thank you, and prost!

Posted by: MaryAnn at November 10, 2005 05:26 PM

I want to be original here, because that's what you count on.... here goes...

Happy Birthday!!!

damn. Didn't work.

Still... thank you, too.

Posted by: RSM at November 10, 2005 05:58 PM

Happy Birthday and Semper Fi!

Posted by: Mike at November 10, 2005 07:52 PM

Here's to you, our Country, and our Corps. Semper Fidelis, Leatherneck and thank you for the track back.

Posted by: Mustang at November 10, 2005 07:59 PM

*raises 230 glasses*

Posted by: Harvey at November 11, 2005 08:26 PM