Marine Corps Significance

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The United States Marine Corps has been a very influential branch of the American military since the beginning of the American Revolution. They have fought in every American war in order to protect the United States and its democratic beliefs. Throughout the many years of dedicated service from the Marine Corps there have been marines that stand above the rest earning high ranking positions or having shown great heroism and bravery. The Marine Corps originated in Philadelphia, where two battalions of marines would be drafted for the Navy to fight on land or sea. This resolution was approved on November 10, 1775 the official birthday of the Marine Corps. Samuel Nicholas became the commanding officer of the newly formed Marine Corps and began …show more content…
At Harper 's Ferry John Brown was trying to start a slave uprising and failed because the marines were able to stop him from leaving the arsenal. The marines were led by Israel Greene to capture John Brown and his raiding party. This is very important because this is considered the igniting point of the civil war (Marine Corps History & Heritage, Web). Adm. David G. Farragut knew of the importance of the Marines in the navy and said "a ship without marines is like a garment without buttons. John Mackie became the first Medal of Honor recipient when he went above and beyond his call of duty, leading the gun 's operation on the USS Galena after much of his crew was killed or wounded (Marine Corps History & Heritage, Web). Even though the marines still had several heroes in the Civil War there was never more than 3,900 enlisted marines in the Union …show more content…
The Marines were the essential fighting force in the Pacific theatre because they were able to man the guns on the ships as well as storming the beaches to secure islands. The Marine Corps was the unstoppable force for the United States strategy of island hopping against Japan which included taking critical islands that had aircraft landing strips where the Air force could land their planes and conduct bombing missions on larger islands. The Marines took island after island using this strategy; however they also suffered losses from the Japanese soldiers that were never going to give up even if it killed them. The marines also used new technology such as the Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT) to overcome their enemies with their unique amphibious assault. Some of the Marines most memorable battles in the Pacific theatre were Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Guadalcanal was the first amphibious assault for the marines and an extremely decisive victory for the United States. The importance of this island was its landing field and it gave the United States a clear line for communication to Australia. After the Marines took the island about two-thirds of the 31,400 Japanese troops were killed and the United States had lost less than 2,000 men. Iwo Jima was death trap created by the Japanese, the island was

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