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Salve Amici -


Today, November 10, 2007 is the Birthday of the United States Marine Corps

~ Tunn Tavern, Philadelphia, November 10, 1775 ~


On November 10, 1775 the United States Marine Corps was officially formed by a vote of the Continental Congress. Captain Samuel Nicholas was named the first Commandant of the Marine Corps. Robert Mullan was appointed to raise two companies of Marines. Mullan was also the proprietor of Tun Tavern which had a long reputation for having the best beer in Philadelphia. So it was that the very first Continental Marines were recruited in Tun Tavern, and it became the birthplace of the U.S. Marine Corps.


Since that date, many thousands of men (and women) have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are marines or former Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.


On every birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, a birthday ball is held at the Marine Barracks at Eighth and "Eye" in Washington. D.C. at which privates and corporals, sergeants and lieutenants rub shoulders with three and four star generals, including the Commandant of the Marine Corps.


Valete -





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Now Comes Veteran's Day ~ Sunday November 11, 2007


With those Happy Birthday wishes for the USMC (Uncle Sam

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