SECOND lieutenants are told that the origin of American Marines was the nucleus of the American Navy, accomplished through the process of placing soldiers on merchant vessels which thereby became men-o'-war. It is generally understood that the Americans duplicated what happened in England in 1664 when the " Admiral's regiment,' composed of " twelve hundred land souldgers to be forthwith rayzed to be in readiness to be distributed in His Majesty's fleete prepared for sea service" made the foundation of the first organized and disciplined English sea service for war.
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