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The Marine Corps was created on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Tun Tavern by a resolution of the Continental Congress, which "raised two battalions of Marines."  Captain Samuel Nicholas became the commander of these two battalions and is traditionally considered the first Commandant of the Marine Corps.
The first Marine Landing took place during the Revolutionary War.  Marines invaded New Providence Island in the Bahamas and seized guns and supplies.  The uniform of the day had a stiff leather stock that was worn around the neck, thus the nickname "Leatherneck."
Marines stormed the Barbary pirates' stronghold at Derna on the "Shores of Tripoli."  Marines raised the "Stars and Stripes" for the first time in the Eastern Hemisphere.
During the Mexican War, Marines occupied the "Halls of Montezuma" during the Battle of Chapultepec in Mexico City.  the royal palace fell to invading Marines who were among the first United States troops to enter the capital.
Under the command of the Colonel Robert E. Lee, U.S. Army, marines stormed the United States aresenal at Haper's Ferry to put down an attempted slave revolt lead by abolitionist John Brown.
The Marine Corps adopted an emblem that constisted of and eagle, a globe, and an anchor.  Brigadier General Jacob Zeilin, 7th Commandant, mofdified the British (Royal) Marine emblem to depict the marines as both American and maritime. The globe and anchor signify worldwide service and sea traditions.  The spread eagle is a symbol of the Nation itself
The official motto of the Marine Corps, "Semper Fidelis," (Latin for "Always Faithful") was adopted
In support of foreign policy, Mrines from shipson the Asiatic station defended the American legation on Peking, China during the Boxer Rebellion.  the Marines were part of a multinational defense force protected the Legation Quarter against attack.
Ther Marine Corps established its aviation unit.  Marine Major Alfred A. Cunningham was the first pilot.
Marines landed as part of the American force in France.  Marines, participating in eight distinct operations, distinguished themselves and were awarded a number of decorations, among them the French Fourragere still worn by members of the 5th and 6th Marines
The Marine Corps was reorganized into the Fleet marine Force, formally establishint he "command and administrative relatins" between the Fleet and the Marine Corps.
Marines landed in South Vietnam, which committed the Marine Corps to the longest war in its history.  marines conduced numerous large-scale offensive operations throuout the corse of the war, as well as participating in the pacification program designed to win the support of the local populace.
Marines deployed to Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force in an effort to restore peace and order to this war-torn country.  This action further displayed the Marine concept of a "Force in Readiness."  On 23 October 1983, a suicide truck bomb attack on the headquarters building killed 241 Americans and wounded 70 others.  The last marine unit withdrew in July 1984.
Operation Desert Storm was launched after the Iraqi government refused to comply with United Nations resolutins.  Marine aviation was heavily used when the air phase commence in January of 1991.  When massive bombing failed to dislodge Iraqi forces, Marine ground forces swept into Kuwait and liberateed the country, causing severe damage to the Iraqi military capability. 
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