November 1930

Why We Are Called a Corps

Volume 15, Issue 3

While there were American Marines in existence on November 10, 1775, it was not until the resolution of Congress of that date that there was an ORGANIZATION of them. In no source known of were the American Marines of the Revolution (1775-1783) referred to as belonging to a "Corps."

The Resolution of November 10, 1775 directed that "Two Battalions of Marines be raised," with officers "as usual in other regiments." The resolution further ordered that these two battalions "be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of American Marines."

If you are an MCA&F Member

Click here to login and view all Leatherneck and Marine Corps Gazette articles

OR Join the MCA&F to continue reading

By becoming a member of the Marine Corps Association & Foundation, you gain access to the entire library of articles from Leatherneck Magazine and the Marine Corps Gazette. Click here to sign up online and continue reading this article