(WBAY) – Thursday marks the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The corps was initially known as the Continental Marines. The force was founded on Nov. 10, 1775. The American Revolution was underway, and the Continental Congress called for two battalions of Marines to fight on sea and shore.
The first Marines were led by Captain Samuel Nicholas.
The Marine Corps motto of Semper Fidelis, or Semper Fi, translates to “always faithful.”
The birthday of the Marines Corps comes one day before Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.
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