Saturday, March 03, 2007


"The Marines have landed!"

Today marks the 231st anniversary of the raid on British-held Nassau, Bahamas (March 3, 1776).
It was the first-ever amphibious landing of American Marines and sailors, and it was the first time American forces landed on foreign shores.
We talk about it at 'The Corner' (National Review Online).

The picture you see here is of Major Samuel Nicholas, the first commandant of the Marine Corps, and the officer who - as a captain - led the amphibious assault on Nassau.

Semper Fidelis,
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