Tuesday, November 10, 2015
240th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps
240th Birthday of the
United States Marine Corps
No better friend, no worse enemy
On 10 November 1775, Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines at Tun’s Tavern in Philadelphia as naval infantry in accordance with a resolution of the Continental Congress. They were to "be able to serve to advantage by sea when required" and "that they be distinguished by the names of the first & second battalions of American Marines."
No better friend: someone who will kill to protect you; someone who will give their life for you; someone who will be right there in your times of trouble and, thinking of you and your problems, will sacrifice so that you might get through your problem.
No worst enemy: someone who will not hesitate to destroy you even if that means destroying himself in the process; someone who will chase you down to the ends of the earth to extract revenge; someone who will cause you blood and tears and smile when it happens.
With a Marine as your friend, you have a person who will kill to protect you. With a Marine as your enemy, you have a person who will kill you. Pretty simple, huh?
The concept comes from the epitaph of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, famous general and legendary dictator of ancient Rome:
"No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full."
Happy 240th Birthday, USMC!