A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA, to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore. November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was born.
1st Commandant: Major Samuel Nicholas (1775-1783)
Click on the link above. Toview the timeline by decade, scroll down. To view details for each decade, click to ‘right arrow’. Very nicely done.