“Be it Resolved That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.”
Since November 10, 1775, the U.S. Marines are still taken with “particular care.”
Left: U.S. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, conducts a foot patrol through the town of Barwanah, Iraq, on Dec. 2, 2006.
The 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, is deployed with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew D. Young