November 10th, 1775, the Corps was born. The birth place was Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. That was the very first recruitment drive for the Continental Marines. We understand, the tavern manager was the recruiter and the sign up bonus was probably a pint of ale.

The Continental Marines disbanded in 1783 and reformed as the United States Marine Corps in 1798.

As the saying goes, "Once a Marine, always a Marine." There are no "ex-Marines,"  instead, they are known as "resting Marines. The title never goes away. It's in their blood, even after being discharged or retiring.

Happy 241st birthday to all Marines, and a big ole, "Semper Fi."