Welcome to the Marine Corps League!
2014 Spring Department Staff Conference – March 21-22
Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.
The origins of the Marine Corps can be traced back to the colonial battalions of Marines raised in America before the Revolution and modeled after their British counterparts.
In 1740 four battalions of Marines (3,000 men) were raised for service in Britain’s war with Spain. Designated 43rd Regiment of Foot, they became known as “Gooch’s Marines”, after their commander, Colonel William Gooch. In April 1741 they were involved in a battle at Cartagena, Colombia, and in July 1741, Marines landed unopposed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to secure it as a base for the British fleet.
The Colonial Marines served in the British Navy as marksmen aboard its ships and providing the cutting edge of boarding parties. Their duties also included shipboard security and maintaining discipline among the seamen. History shows numerous incidents where the timely arrival or mere presence of Marines prevented/stopped mutinies.