March 1930

The Quartermaster's Department; It's Mission and History

Volume 15, Issue 1

Major Edwin North McClellan, USMC

THE United States Marine Corps traces its descent from the organization known as the Royal Marines of Great Britain. There was an ancient custom of ships of war carrying detachments of soldiers as small parts of their regular complements, and other times as the major portion of the number of men embarked. This custom, coming down from the Greeks and the Romans, was continued in the British Fleet, but not until the reign of Charles II, about 1664, was there any military organization placed under authority of the British Admiralty.

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