The United States Marines celebrate their 241st birthday today (November 10, 2016) and here are a few things you might not have known about ‘The Few, The Proud, The Marines.’
According to the Marines official website, November 10 marks the “yearly reminder of the brave spirit that has compelled young men and women to defend our nation and its interests for more than two centuries.”
The Marines Origin Has Roots In The Quakers & Taverns
He’s known as ‘The Fightin’ Quaker’ and Samuel Nicholas was commissioned as Captain when the Marines were officially approved to join the American Revolution in 1775. According to the Destroyer History Foundation, the recruitment occurred at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, with some assistance from the tavern’s owner.
Before ‘Semfer Fi’ – There Were Three Mottos of Marines
‘Always faithful’ wasn’t always the official motto of the Marines. ‘Semper Fidelis’ was selected as the official motto in 1883 but before that, there were three unofficial mottos that were used. ‘By Sea and by Land‘ ‘Fortitudine‘ and ‘To the shores of Tripoli‘ were all unofficial of the United States Marine Corps.
The Truth Behind The Iconic Photo
It’s a photo that is iconic in American history but did you know that one of the men identified as one of the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima actually participated in a earlier flag raising, that was not photographed. Private First Class Harold Schultz was not listed among those in the photograph and a Marine Corps. representative has said while it’s important to make the record clear and honor Schultz’s memory, the more important issue is what the iconic photograph means – the spirit of the Marines.
“Simply stated, our fighting spirit is captured in that frame, and it remains a symbol of the tremendous accomplishments of our Corps – what they did together and what they represent remains most important. That doesn’t change.” – Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller
Marines Have Been To Outer Space
After their service in the Marines is complete, members go on to serve in multitude of careers, which includes exploring outer space. John Glenn was the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962. Other notable Marines include actor/comedian and host of ‘The Price Is Right’ Drew Carey as well as TV host Montel Williams.
The Marines Are Still Going Strong
There are approximately 180,000 active members serving our United State Marine Corp. According to the Marine Corps. Community Services, members are younger than those serving in the Air Force, Army and Navy.