Fitz in the Morning: Troop Salute

The United States Marine Corps

On November 10th, 1775, the Continental Congress signed an order to create a corps of Marines for the purpose of ship-to-ship fighting, shipboard security, and to assist in landing forces for war. That same day Samuel Nichols and Robert Mullan held the first Marine recruitment drive at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, where they raised two battalions of Marines. Since that day The United States Marines have fought in nearly every conflict in the United States History. During World War I, the Marines served a central role in the US entry into the war, including the famous battle of Belleau Wood in France. As the Marines arrived, they found the French forces overwhelmed and retreating. The Marines charged into battle headlong after their commander Captain Williams told the French “Retreat? Hell, we just got here.” This battle is largely responsible for the birth of the mystique of the US Marine as an unstoppable fighting force. Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, a Marine Corps legend, urged his men on by shouting “Come on you S.O.B.’s, do you want to live forever?” When the outmatched Marines drove the German Army from the region, it was the Germans who nicknamed these fierce soldiers “Devil Dogs”, a name that Marines still wear proudly today. Having become one of the finest Amphibious assault forces in the world, the US Marines were a cornerstone of the American efforts in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. United States Marines have distinguished themselves in times of war, and in times of peace throughout the entire history of these United States, and all across the globe. And that is why tomorrow, November 10th, on their 245th birthday, we salute Every Marine, Past, Present, and Future.