U.S.M.C. stands for the United States Marine Core
The marines were originaly formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas on November 10th, 1775 in Philadelphia. This is contary to the popular belief that they were formed by Thor in the center of a volcano, at the top of Mt.Everest, with eagles soaring overhead singing patriotic music, while Thor screamed in terror "it's over 9,000"-they're the marines it doesnt have to make sense. The first recruiting of marines took place in Tut Tavern, cause if your going to get drunk and do something you wont remember in the morning, ya cant do much better than found America. After a year of fighting, America was founded, and by 1783 those tea sipping, monocle wearing Brits were sent back to whatever godforsaken island they came from. The marines had done a job well done and were disbanded to go back to their humble live of wrestling bears in the morning and saving princesses from really tall towers by lunch.
In 1798 America was expecting a major naval war with France, so in need of some lean, mean, fighting machines congress oficially created the USMC. The war with France would result in only a few skirmishes and those smelly, wine sipping, cheese eating frenchies backing the hell off. luckily word had not yet reached America that at the sight of as much as a scary face the French are running for their white flags.
"The french president after seeing a scary spider in his house"
Like all macho heroes who at one time or another fought pirates and saved a fair lady the marines got their shot in the Barbary wars. In 1801 Barbary pirates were harrasing and pillaging U.S. traders, so America knew they still had a rep to build and wasnt going to take any of that. America did not waste time fighting the individual pirates, we went straight for those barbary states that condoned piracy. We headed straight for the capitol-Tripoli. Tripoli is located in Libya, yeah America fought a war with Africa; some say they never recovered, we say oorah. For those of you who would think "a first world country was able to defeat an African one, real impressive," let me put things into perspective. America did not sent 200,000 marines, they did not send 300 marines, they sent 8 marines who killed about 800 and got so close to Tripoli the Barbary states surrendered and you bet your ass they never messed with an american ship again. So the marines fought a whole lot of pirates, won a war, and as for saving fair ladies well for a marine thats what we call a tuesday.
"Just you wait"
So far the marines had helped found America, scare of the french, and defeat Africa but still werent getting the recognition they deserved, this was about to change. In the year 1812 came another war, you guessed it the war of 1812. Before I tell you what unbelievable mind blowing feats the marines accomplished this time let me give you a little background. For those of you dont know history America and Napoleon were pretty tight, the guy practically sold us half our country at a very reasonable price. Now those no good Brits(yeah I know these guys again) had serious beef with France so they started gettin all up in our face, they were screwing our ships on account they didnt want us to trade with France and they started capturing our ships and forcing the captives to serve in their "royal" navy.O.K. here comes the fun stuff. In the beginning of the war most of the battles took place on the open sea, so the marines picked up their rifles and started getting on every ship in sight. It goes without saying but the marines started really kicking butt, defeating british ships with their knives and rifles the boatside duels were intense but the marines werent afraid of blood. Then came the batle of Bladensburg aka "the greatest disgrace ever dealt to American arms," this is not a tale of the marines victory, but merely of their badassery. At Bladensburg the brits were marching on Washington D.C and won, ...yeah I know. The defeat of the American forces here was more or less the result of an almost slapstick progression of military errors on account of the head army general at the battle, William H. Winder, that im not going to get into he's beside the point. The story reallycomes to play when the army has gotten its ass handed to it and was on the run, with the brits ready to take washington d.c. with, may i remind you, the whole u.s. goverment including the president! So as Joshua Barney leading 400 sailors and marines was ordered to retreat, he led his troops against those brits even though overwhelmed. The marines were nothing short of cold blooded killers ripping through the enemy like in 300, but like in 300 they were evntualy overwhelmed by a ridiculously larger force (sorry for the spoiler). In retrospect the heroic last stand of the 400 marines led to the brits having more than 5 times the casualties of the american side...Oorah, and the stalling of British troops allowing the goverment and the president to evacuate, saving america...Oorah. In the war the marines would also star as the center of general Andrew Jackson's (future president) defensive line at New Orleans, about time New Orleans had a decent defensive line. by the end of the war the marines received their hard earned title as expert marksmen and merchants of death.
"Thank you marines"
After the war of 1812 the marines would fight many more engagements including the seminole wars, the civil war, and fought in in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Key West, West Africa, the Falkland Islands, and Sumatra, Panama, and Asia. Their most impressive feat of this time was during the Mexican-American war in 1846 (the one where we got Texas) the marines made a legendary assault on Chapultepec palace in mexico city, which is a big deal -the marines have immortalized this moment in the marine's hymn with the line "from the halls of montezuma.."
O.k. here comes some fun stuff i know you'll enjoy. The USMC had gained a small rep around the states, but the majority of the world was oblivious to the marines claim to fame, this was about to change. Im not going to give you any background into WWI besides that we were fighting Germany and they had already invaded France by the time we got there (thank god that never happened again), so most of the fighting took place in france. The great two words of WWI are Belleau Wood. That is where the marines showed a trembling world the true might of the USMC. The marines came to the battle with 4,000 men unfortunatley for those damn pre-nazis they underestimated the marines and only brought about 50,000 men...yeah i said only. The pre-nazis came in and gave it everything they had, and after the dust settled they looked upon a single marine with 4000 men at his back, he screamed this is America, and they started slaughtering the germans (only slightly dramatized). But seriously with severly less forces the marines overcame the germans and sent them running as they squeled with terror. Following this battle and many more the Marines gained an international reputation as unstoppable, blood crazed warriors. It was during this war that the Germans called them "devil dogs," and compared them to their most elite, special ops troops. During this time the commadant of the USMC (highest position in the marines) was the one and only John Lejeune, his nickname was "the greatest of all leathernecks" (yeah rethink how awesome you nicname is now "T-Bone") under his leadership the marines began exploring ampibious warfare which is currently their greatest strength, and the marines went from 500 0fficers and 13,000 enlisted men to 2,500 officers and 70,000 enlisted men. If 8 marines could fend off pirates and defeat a league of African countries, just imagine the pure might of the 70,000 marines as they ravaged the europian countryside destroying all that stood in their way, even bunnies, especialy bunnies ( they didnt kill any bunnies...but they would've if they got in their way!)
check yo self, before you wreck yo self
On november 11, 1918 WWI was over the allies had won, woooo! The war had ravagd the world and destroyed several large empires. The world looked upon the horrors of a war ravaged europe and vowed off war. The marines officialy retired and peace reigned 'till the end of days, no but really 21 years later the greatest, most deadly war broke and the marines were in their finest hour. But honestly up to that point 21 years without war was nothing short of impressive in europe. I'm not going to go in to detail on WWII's background except that treaty of Versailles (ended WWI) crippled germany leading them to an extremist goverment that had its eyes set on the world, they were the nazi's and the leader was Hitler you may have heard of him, or his moustache.
Who? ................................... ........................................ ....oh that guy!
Now there were those who were lucky enough to get to fight Hitler and his damned Nazis, but the marines were not there they had a more urgent matter to attend to. The Pacific War. This was the half of the war that was being fought in Asia. Now in the world many countries had their stereotypes and their reputations, but when it came to warfare Japan was the shit, hands down. These are the guys that are famous for being samuris and ninjas in adittion to a profound knowledge in martial arts, so america sent the marines. In this war Japan had decided to be BFF's with hitler , this was bad but not enough to incur the wrath of the USMC, they continued to start conquering Asia similarly to how Hitler was doing in Europe, this was not enough to incur the wrath of the USMC, then they attacked America and shit went down, Japan had been knocking over small asian villages and started getting full of themselves leading to the greatest mistake in their very, very long history, They attacked Pearl Harbor (and our entire pacific fleet, killing thousands without any provocation) and so filled with anger and nothing short of blood lust america gave the signal for the two men in identical black suits to turn their keys simultaneosly, that unlocked the magic horn that called the marines from every corner of the earth (They have adventures between wars), but seriously America called upon her finest soldiers, the marines, to go and fight the great enemy of Japan. The war in Japan though was not typical and became the marines first chance to show off their amphibious warfare skill, because these unwavering, blood thirsty, agents of death were fighting a nation composed of thousands of islands ranging in size, so the marines were more or less taking a boat ride, getting off, showing their ferocity and destroying a fordimable army, then getting back on the boat, going to the next island, repeat.. If you ever saw an old war movie where they were fighting the Japenese then chances are it took place on one of these: Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Tarawa, Guam, Tinian, Saipan, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa (all of which happen to be places where the marines fought a determined enemy, and you bet your children they became a bunch of determined body bags, who are we kidding when word got out theres a 1% chance of marines on that island, no one was going to claim the bodies). Now in april of 1945 the Nazis were defeated, italy was in ruins, and Japan was still fighting almost oblivious to the fact they were now in it alone and even boasted they could fight until the end of the world (if you think this is outlandish you do not know old school Japan) so even though marines were getting the job done, it appeared the only way they would finish it was to kill every man, woman, and child (which was doable it just would have taken awhile) so not wanting to waste any more time now that the Nazis were dead and gone, America tested a new type of bomb they created, no silly not in a large uninhabitated area but on the large and highly condensed city of Hiroshima, within a month the "determined" foe raced for their white flag and gave up in september 1945, and seeing these giants of war in a moment of weakness we graciously accepted their surrender, oh and we made it so they would never have a real standing army again, beast!
Not half as powerful as the marines, but much quicker.
So the marines had fought harder than ever before and defeated an entire empire, like 300 in every fanfiction that had an alternate end to the movie. The marines once again sailed home to many parades with open cars and confetti from rooftops, and most of the parades had do to with the war.
Q: "So why are we throwing this parade for the marines" A: "just because"
The Cold war was a socio-political war with a foreign force representing an oppresive ideal that was spreding quickly, or we were staring down those damn dirty commies with nothing but John Wayne and Ronald Reagan (well there's two reasons we won). Unfortunately the marines never got to fight the evil empire, aka Soviet Russia, which if you think about would have been a better star wars sequel, and a better prequel, and maybe even a better original.
Too awesome for words or pictures
During this war we loved freedom, well weve always loved Freedom, but we were up against the freedom hating commies of the world, and they were spreading. The two real wars here were Korea and Vietnam. In Korea the marines did a damn descent job but the overall miltary situation wasn't exactly the best, and even though we inflicted heavy casualties on the communist hoardes and were able to save South Korea from its evil twin brother to the north, but we did not win that war...or lose it. Once we accomplished our mission we kinda just left and signed no formal treaty so technicaly we are still at war ith North Korea.
He failed, you will fail, but at least Saddam didnt look like a 40 year old lesbian
In Vietnam, just like in North Korea we tried to keep a commuist north from invading the freedomish loving south. The marines fought the good fight and spent the majority of the war fighting off guerilla warfare, and at times fighting the viet-kong (bad guys). This was the longest war we ever fought in and had more marines on duty then in WWII. For those who would say we brought out all the stops to fight a tough, fierce enemy like the japenese in WWII, they are dead wrong.(and never, ever compare the viet-kong to the japenese) The reason this war took so long was because instead of putting on uniforms going into a field and fighting like men these excuses for humans hid behind civilians, and wouldnt take a shot at us untill we were looking in the other direction. After years of this America said fuck it and left. We did not lose because it was not our war. and anyone who has extensively studied the war will tell you we slaughtered them number wise, but we weren't willing to weed the jungles for communist at the cost of american lives and billions of dollars for a country we had little to nothing actualy invested in, and technicaly hadn't been our friend before the war or after, so we left and let the chips fall where they may.
There were Good times and bad times.
The marines would participate in some skirmishes that ranged in difficulty but we won almost every won there was iran hostage crisis, panama war, grenada, before the cold war ended in 1991...guess what? we won!..oorah!
Unrelated. but c'mon reading all these marine accomplishments would make any coast guard depressed, so here's this...you;re welcome
Modern warfare is the wars that are happing now so you've probably heard of these. We have three wars going on that the marines are all involved in. These wars are the Global War on Terror, Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War), and Operation Enduring Freedom (War in Afghanistan).
Modern warfare: now our pictures are in color
The Global War on Terror was initiated by George W. Bush after the september 11th attacks. The Marines have been engaginng in the fight against terrorist since then. The global war is not limited to the middle east but marines are currently fighting terrorists all over the world, just like you in the latest Call of Duty except they are making a difference and actual save lives unlike some people who just say they do to pick up women (im looking at you)
"We may have our work cut out for us" -me
This is a quote frm an unknown marine ..enjoy
The USMC is over 219 years of romping, stomping, hell, death and destruction. The finest fighting machine the world has ever seen. We were born in a bomb crater, our mother was an M-16 and our father was the devil.
Each moment that I live is an additional threat upon your life. I am a rough looking, roving soldier of the sea. I am cocky, self-centered, overbearing, and I do not know the meaning of fear, for I am fear itself. I am a green, amphibious monster made of blood and guts who arose from the sea, festering on anti-Americans throughout the globe. Whenever it may arise, and when my time comes, I will die a glorious death on the battle field, giving my life to mom, the Corps, and the American flag.
We stole the eagle from the Air Force, the anchor from the Navy, and the rope from the Army. On the 7th day, while God rested, we over-ran his perimeter and stole the globe, and we've been running the show ever since. We live like soldiers and talk like sailors and slap the hell out of both of them. Soldier by day, lover by night, drunkard by choice, MARINE BY GOD!!!