CONGRESS said to the Navy Department in 1920, "We can afford only 20,000 Marines. That is all you can have. "The Navy Department said to the Marine Corps," Congress will put up money to hire only 20,000 Marines, but you must continue to do everything for us and for the State Department you are doing now. In addition, you must establish an advanced base force that can guarantee the fleet a place from which to operate when it goes to war away from home."
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