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The United States Marine Corps

November 10 is the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, and is celebrated around the United States.  How many of the following questions about the Marine Corps can you name correctly? 

The Marine Corps was born on November 10, 1775 when the Continental Congress authorized Robert Mullan, proprietor of the TUN TAVERN, to raise two battalions of Marines.  Since that time the Tun Tavern has been recognized as the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps.  What city was home to the Tun Tavern? 

 Your Answer


  1. Boston
  2. New York
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Norfolk
  5. Lexington

Marines often greet and part with the words "Semper Fi", short for the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fidelis" meaning "Always Faithful".  The US Marine Corps motto is similar to the motto of another military service whose motto "Semper Paratus" is interpreted Always Ready".  What service describes themselves with that motto?

Your Answer


  1. U.S. Army
  2. British Royal Marines
  3. U.S. Navy
  4. U.S. Air Force
  5. U.S. Coast Guard

In the Marine Corps the term "Wetting Down" refers to what:

Your Answer


  1. Taking a shower.
  2. Making an amphibious assault.
  3. Getting drunk.
  4. An officer's party held upon promotion.
  5. Duty aboard a Navy ship at sea.

A vertical RED STRIPE is worn on the trowsers of the dress uniform of Marine Corps officers and NCOs.  That stripe is known as what:  Your Answer

  1. "Leadership Stripe."
  2. "Blood Stripe."
  3. "Overseas Service Stripe."
  4. "Combat Action Stripe."
  5. "Leatherneck Piping."


The fierce fighting of US Marines caused one of their foreign enemies to begin referring to them in language translated "hounds from hell" or "devil dogs."  Since that time Marines have often referred to themselves as "Devil Dogs" and adopted the English Bulldog as their mascot.  In what war did the enemy call Marines "Devil Dogs?"

Your Answer


  1. Spanish American War
  2. World War I
  3. World War II
  4. Korea
  5. Vietnam

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