On November 10th, 1775, a meeting was held by a committee of the continental congress at Tun's Tavern. The purpose of that meeting was to form a needed fighting force that could operate on sea and on land. At the close of that meeting, the formation of two battalions of Marines were authorized and the United States Marine Corps was born.
Having served in the Navy myself, I find that I love the Marines in the same way that an older brother loves and puts up with a precocious, tough, and obnoxious younger brother. It strikes me as appropriate that the Marine Corp was born in a tavern, accordingly. The men, and women, of this arm of the United States armed forces is perhaps the proudest and definitely the toughest fighting force the world has ever seen. They are also by far the smallest branch of the armed forces.
I have had the privilege of serving with and being friends with several Marines over the years. Everyone one of them was and is a good man that embodies the spirit of the Marine Corp motto, Semper Fidelis. (Always Faithful) So on this day of the 234th birthday of the Corp, I want to say thank you to all of you fantastic Marines out there and Happy Birthday to the tip of the U.S. spear. Just remember though, that the Marines still fall under the Department of the Navy!