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The Birthplace of the Marine Corps

During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

The Continental Congress established the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775, the Congress meetings in Philadelphia passed a revolution stating that two battalions of Marines be raised for service as landing forces with the fleet. This revolution was sponsored by John Adams who established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea these first Marines distinguish themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March of 1776 under the command of Capt. Samuel Nicholas, he was later promoted to the rank of Major. Nicholas, was the first commission officer in the Continental Marines, he remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine commandant.

Tun Taverns owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan became his first Captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776.

Each year, the Marine Corps marks November 10, as the Marine Corps birthday; with a celebration of the brave spirit which compelled these men and thousands since to defend our country as United States Marines.

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