On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of "American Marines." Congress commissioned 31-year-old Samuel Nicholas, a well-known Philadelphian, as captain of the fledgling force of Continental Marines. Nicholas raised two battalions of Marines and began the long history of g...reen amphibious monsters, made of blood and guts, who arose from the sea, feasting on anti-Americans throughout the globe,doing or dying, rompin', stompin' United States Marines. Happy birthday! Huuraah!