June 1928

An Old Time Fighting Marine

Volume 13, Issue 2

J C Breckinridge

AT THE outbreak of the War of 1812 the Marines of the frigate Essex were commanded by First Lieutenant John M. Gamble. This officer had entered the Marine Corps in July, 1809, being commissioned Second Lieutenant during that month. He had received previously an appointment as midshipman, but apparently never served under it. It is impossible to ascertain his first station, but the first muster roll on file in the Marine Corps archives on which his name appears is that for the marines of the Essex in October, 1811.

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