The Idea of a Fleet Marine Force
THE basic doctrine that the principal mission of the Marine Corps should be to seize and defend distant bases for the Fleet appears to have had its beginning as the result of our experiences in the SpanishAmerican War, and has from time to time reasserted itself since then, particularly when all personnel of the Marine Corps were not actively engaged on normal duties or some form of field duty. It was during that war that it fell to the lot of a small detachment of Marines to land and take possession of the old Spanish naval station at Cavite, P. I., soon after the battle of Manila Bay.
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