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From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles,
In the air, on lan, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of
United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every climb and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job--
The Untied States Marines.
Here's to health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look to Heavens scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded by
United States Marines.
On November 10th 1775 a commitee from the Continental Congress came togather at a place called Tun Tavern in Philidelphia Pennsylvania to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines to be raised. A man by the name of Major Samuel Nichols became the first Commandant of the Continental Marines. The owner of the tavern; Robert Mullan became the first captain and recruiter.
Our official Motto is Semper Fidelis; Meaning always faithful in Latin.
During the Battle of Belleau Wood the Marines earned their famed name 'Devil Dogs' by the German soldiers who faced them in the battle.
Opha May Johnson was the first female marine and enlisted on August 13, 1918. Since then women have been thriving within the corps and continue to carry on the traditions of those who came before them.
The most illustrious part of Marine Corps history has to be their actions in WWII. The Marines faced a fierce enemy on places like Gaudlcanal, Pelilu, Tarawa, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima to name a few. WWII brought about heroes like Chesty Puller and Jokn Bassilone who are still revered to this day for thei actions.
Marines continued to fight and became famous once again during the chosin reservoir battle during the Korean War.