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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Plumstead Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Established November 10, 1775

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
1. Marines Marker


Revolutionary War · 1775-1783

April 19, 1775
"Shot Heard Around the World," the American Revolution begins

November 10, 1775
Continental Congress authorized the first two Continental Marine Battalions

March 3, 1776
The first Marine amphibious assault at Fort Nassau in the Bahamas

September 5, 1776
The first Marine standarized uniform was adopted with a "Leather Neck"

December 1776
Three companies of Marines reinforced Washington's retreat from New York

July 11, 1798
President John Adams established the US Marine Corps

June 1800
William Burrows appointed the first Commandant of the Marine Corps

March 31, 1801
The Marine Barracks was established in Washington, DC

The War of 1812 · 1812-1815

April 1813
Marines fought and delayed the British on their march towards Washington DC

January 8, 1815
Marines participate in the repulse of the British in their attack on New Orleans

Archibald Henderson, the 5th Commandant of the Marine

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
2. Plumstead Twp. Veterans Park Armed Services Markers
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Corps modernized the Corps including integrating artillery support for Marine landing parties

Congress stipulates that the Marine Corps is part of the US Navy

The Mexican War · 1846-1848

Marines attack and take the Chapultepec Castle which is the origin for the Marine Hymn "The Halls of Montezuma"

The Indian Wars · 1835-1891

200 US Marines of Admiral Perry's fleet were the first to set foot on Japan

October 18, 1859
Marines commanded by 1st Lt. Israel Green and Army Col. Robert E. Lee recapture the US arsenal from John Brown at Harper[s] Ferry

The Civil War · 1861-1865

September 1861
Marines attempt to retake Fort [Sumter]

July 1863
Cpl. John Mackie was the first Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor

January 18, 1865
400 US Marines participate in the capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina

Marine Corps emblem was adopted

Officer's Dress Mess uniform was adopted

"Semper Fidelis" motto was adopted

The Spanish-American War · 1898-1901

June 14, 1898
Two companies of Marines commanded by Capt. George Elliott defeated the Spanish at Cuxo Well near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

The Philippine Insurrection · 1899-1902


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Latin American Campaigns· 1906-1933

May 1912
Marine aviation was formed and the Marine aviators started experiments with ground support for their troops

November 8, 1915
US Marines commanded by Maj. Smedley Butler fought Cacos bandits in the battles of Fort Selon and Berthol, Haiti

World War I · 1917-1918

January 1918
The 1st Aeronautical Company was deployed to the Azores to hunt German submarines

June 1918
Marines fought the "Battle of Belleau Wood" and their French decorations for this battle became part of their standard uniform

July 1918
The 1st Marine Aviation Force was deployed to France to provide bomber and fighter support

August 12, 1918
The Secretary of the Navy authorizes the enlistment of women in the Marine Corps Reserve

World War II · 1941-1945

August 7, 1942
The 1st. Marine Division made the first American land offensive with amphibious landings at Tulagi and Guadalcanal

World War II
The creation of the Landing Force Air Support Control Units for coordination of Marine ground and aviation units

World War II
Marine aviators are credited with downing 2,355 Japanese aircraft while only losing 573 of their own aircraft

April 1, 1945
The US Marines participated in the last major

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ground offensive of WW II with their landing on Okinawa

The first US Marine jet aviation squadron was established when VMF-122 fielded the F-4 Phantom and the first Marine helicopter squadron was established when HMX-1 fielded the Sikorsky HO3S-1 Dragonfly

Korean War · 1950-1953

September 15, 1950
The 1st Marine Division lands at Inchon in the first offensive of the Korean War

December 1, 1950
The US Marines begin their breakout from the Chosin Reservoir which resulted in inflicting heavy casualties on the Chinese

The Marine Commandant given equal voice on the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Vietnam War · 1964-1973

March 8, 1965
Marines of the 9th Amphibious Brigade land at Da Nang Airport

January to April 1968
The siege of the Marine base at Khe Sahn lasted 77 days

April 12, 1975
The Marines execute Operation Eagle Pull in the evacuation of Phnom Penh

April 29, 1975
The Marines execute Operation Frequent Wind in the evacuation of Saigon

Grenada · 1983

October 1983
Marines participate in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada

October 23, 1983
220 Marines killed in bombing of barracks in Beirut, Lebanon

Panama · 1989

Marines participate in Operation Just Cause in Panama by deploying the Marine Corps Security Force, ground troops and the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Team to Panama

Gulf War · 1990-1991

The I Marine Expeditionary Force fielded the largest Marine ground force in Kuwait totaling 92,990 troops in Operation Desert Shield

Somalia · 1992-1995

Marines of the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines were among the first troops to land in Somalia during Operation United Shield

Bosnian War · 1993-1999

Beginning in 1993 Marine aviators flying to enforce the no-fly zone then became directly involved in the bombing missions during Operation Deliberate Force

World Trade Center · 9-11-2001

The War in Afghanistan · 2001 to ---

October 2001
The 15th and 26th Marine Expeditionary units were the first conventional forces into Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

The War in Iraq · 2003 to ---

March 2003
The I Marine Expeditionary Force along with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division spearheaded the invasion of Iraq. In 2004 the Marines were given primary responsibility for the desert region of Al Anbar Province and spearheaded all operations in that area.

[USMC Emblem and historic photos and illustrations]
Erected by Plumstead Township Veterans Committee.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpacePatriots & PatriotismWar, VietnamWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #02 John Adams series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1915.
Location. 40° 22.954′ N, 75° 8.752′ W. Marker is in Plumstead Township, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Memorial can be reached from Easton Road. The marker is in the Plumstead Township Veterans Park, which is located at the NE corner of Easton Road (Pennsylvania Route 611) and Old Easton Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5775 Easton Rd, Doylestown PA 18902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Navy (here, next to this marker); Army (a few steps from this marker); Air Force (a few steps from this marker); Coast Guard (a few steps from this marker); The Plumstead Township Veterans Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Doan Gang (approx. 1.9 miles away); Former U.S. Post Office (approx. 3.1 miles away); Dublin Honor Roll (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plumstead Township.
Also see . . .
1. Marines. (Submitted on December 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Marine Corps Traditions. (Submitted on December 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)

Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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