Staying true to the saying “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” leathernecks across the globe — including the Quad-City region — active and former, young and old, will remember the Corps’ long history as well as their own hard-earned place in its ranks during the fighting force’s 230th birthday celebration today.
On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and passed a resolution that “two battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the American naval fleet. The resolution established the Continental Marines and thus marked the birth of the U.S. Marine Corps. Since that date, thousands of men and women have earned the coveted title of Marine.
During the past year, about 100 young men and women from the Quad-City area have joined the Corps, said Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Easton, who leads five recruiters searching for future Marines in the area. In the Quad-City region, Marine Corps recruiting offices are at 710 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, 2100 Camanche Ave., Clinton, Iowa, and 2000 52nd Ave., Moline.
The Quad-City area is also home to many Marines. About 200 active and reserve Marines serve with the General Support Maintenance Company and Inspector/Instructor Staff or as liaisons on Arsenal Island. Many other former Marines reside throughout the community, including retired judge and former Col. Clarke Barnes.
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Also, about 1,000 Marines either serve as recruiters or with various Reserve units based in Des Moines, Omaha, Neb., Waterloo, Iowa, and Rock Island.