Establishment of the Marine Corps, 10 November 1775
This resolution of the Continental Congress marked the establishment of what is now the United States Marine Corps.
"Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised, consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and other officers as usual in other regiments; and that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required: that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered part of the number which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of."
The Marines have traditionally
trained at one of two depots, depending on which side of the Mississippi river
the recruit's place of residence or enlistment was. LIVING EAST of the river would send
a recruit to THE SAND GNAT LADEN MARSHLANDS OF
living west of the Mississippi
would send the recruit scurrying
This section has broken those two training depots into sections to accommodate faster loading of the page, as well as making it easier to find YOUR platoon.
When the e-mail indication is "thefew-pvt" it means that name was found on "thefew.com and no e-mail is shared with the reader. However, if this is an individual you are seeking, go to www.thefew.com and find the page with the rank designation and "thefew" can probably get you in contact with your buddy.
IF YOU DO NOT SEE YOUR PLATOON LISTED, GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST AND SEE IF YOU RECOGNIZE ANY NAMES THERE. THIS IS THE PORTION OF THE LIST WHERE THE PLATOON NUMBER WAS UNABLE TO BE DETERMINED.
If you have your old platoon book, make a copy of the pages and send them to me. I'll try to scan them into a unique page for you. Copied pages scan pretty well.
A Marine's General Orders: