Marines: Where Legend Meets Reality

A Little Marine History

The United States Marine Corps is one of the oldest and well-respected military branches in the United States. Their history and reputation for valor and dedication go back to the times of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American war. As a matter of fact, one of the first famous Marine assaults took place at Chapultepec Palace from which the Marine Corps’s hymn, “The Halls of Montezuma”, was created.

In the 20th century, the Marines made a very definite mark on their place in history with the reputation gained fighting at the infamous battle at Belleau Wood. During the battle at Belleau Wood, the determination and tenacity of the Marines helped to splinter and dissipate German advances in France to help being an end to the Great War. The Marine reputation continued in World War II with their invaluable contributions in the pacific Theatre of Operations, especially during the battles of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and of course, the infamous battles on Iwo Jima.

The Marine’s saw heavy involvement during the Korean and Vietnam War and were heavily involved in the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. Following the Vietnam War, the United States Marine Corps once again reserved its role as an expeditionary force in the 1980s during the invasions of Granada and Panama. Since the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, the Marine Corps has been involved in operations throughout the world to fight terrorism.

The Marine motto “Semper Fidelis” – Always Ready – gives veterans and new recruits alike a tradition to follow and live up to. Whether regarded as Leathernecks or Devil Dogs, United States Marine Corps continues to instill pride, patriotism and strength through dedication of service for Marines stations at home and abroad.