Happy Birthday, Marines


On this day in 1775, the United States Marine Corps was founded. Appropriately enough, the first Marines were recruited from Tunn Tavern, making the Marines the only branch founded in a bar. And they’re still found in bars.

Almost immediately after the first recruiting poster went up, a brave Continental came forth, made his mark upon the rolls, and entered into the Marine Corps. The recruiter told him to step out back, wait, and shortly instructions would be issued.

Not long after, another, younger man came out to join him.

“What kind of chickenshit outfit do you suppose this is?” asked the second man.

The First Marine looked upon him with a world weary gaze, and replied, “Boot, let me tell you how it was in The Old Corps…”

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3 responses to “Happy Birthday, Marines

  1. You could put Old Army, or Old Navy in the same line for the same effect.

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  2. Paul L. Quandt

    Great story; I’ll show it to my Marine son.

    Paul

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