JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 1770U.S. MARINE CORPS CELEBRATES 240TH ANNIVERSARY
Philadelphia (JFK+50) The United States Marine Corps celebrates its 240th anniversary today having been created by a resolution passed by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.
Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions as naval infantry. Although the resolution, drafted by John Adams of Massachusetts, created the Corps, it was a bill signed by President John Adams in July 1798 that made the USMC a permanent military force.
The Corps, which has served in every major American conflict, is justly proud of its most famous action in the War with the Barbary Pirates in which they captured Tripoli.
In a speech at the Marine Recruiting Department in San Diego on June 6, 1963, President John F. Kennedy said...
"The old Corps may have been a great Corps, but the new Corps is just as good."
JFK Greets Marine and Family