A Birthday Party For The Marines

November 07, 1990

The public is invited to join the U.S. Naval Academy in celebrating the 215th Marine Corps birthday.

The celebration begins with a morning colors ceremony at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, in Tecumseh Court. On Saturday, Nov. 10, a wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled at the grave of Major Gen. Ben Fuller, class of 1889 and the 15th commandant of the Marine Corps, at 10 a.m. in the Naval Academy Cemetary.

The U.S. Marine Corps evolved during the turbulent times of the American Revolution. On Nov. 10, 1775, the Contintental Congress authorized the creation of two battalions of Marines. Today, 196,000 Marines serve in duty stations around the world.

Up to one-sixth of each Naval Academy graduating class may elect commissions as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. During the summer of their junior year, midshipmen intending to select the Corps as a service option go through "Bulldog" school, an extensive six-week officer preparation course at Quantico, Va. This summer, 112 midshipmen graduated from the "Bulldog" program.

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