"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The Marines don't have that problem." Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985
On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned Samuel Nicholas to raise two Battalions of Marines.
Nicholas set up shop that very day in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia. He appointed Robert Mullan, then the proprietor & barkeep of the tavern, to the job of chief Marine Recruiter.
Lured by the opportunity to serve in the new Corps of Marines - and the promise of cold beer - prospective recruits flocked to Tun Tavern.
The US Air Force Chief-of-Staff would never be called Airman. The Chief-of-Naval Operations would never be called Sailor. The Commanding General of The US Army would never be called Soldier. The Commandant of the Marine Corps is proud to be called United States Marine.
America, Home of the Free Because of the Brave.
The Flag raising on Mt Suribachi, Iwo Jima, February 2…
"As Obama entered the room, it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up."H/T: Gateway Pundit
It would have been nice if Barky could have found another hour to visit Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Tripler is the largest military hospital in the Asian and Pacific Rim region.
And it is the site of an unforgivable show of disrespect to not only every veteran interred there, especially the ones whose graves were trod all over, but also to the 23 veterans who survived the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor who were special guests that day.