From the First Fight
EARLY in the year 1776, Captain Nichols led a detachment of 300 men into the first fight history has credited to American Marines.
The action was a raid on New Province, Bahamas. Disembarking from sloops under a hot and shattering fire from the British fort, these first leathernecks overcame fierce resistance, stormed the fort's parapets, and planted Old Glory over the town of New Province.
The first fight-and a grand one!
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