You are listening to the US Marines' Hymn.
"From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli..."
This site is about amphibious vehicles. Amphibious vehicles can travel on land and water. You are probably wondering why information on the US Marine Corps is on a web site about amphibious vehicles. This is because the people of the US Marine Corps are the main users of amphibious vehicles.
United States Marine Corps Flag
Written on the top of the flag are the Latin words
"semper fidelis" which means always faithful.
U.S. Marine Corps was started on November 10, 1775 during the American Revolution.
During this war they fought on land and sea. Soon they would be called "the
soldiers of the sea." Soldiers of the Army would fight on land. The
Marines would fight on land and sea. They were experts on amphibious warfare.
This means they could begin their attacks from the water against enemies
on the shore.
The Marines are part of the Navy. The main job of the Marines is to work on their amphibious attack skills, and find ways to improve their equipment. They wrote a book about it called Tentative Landing Operations Manual in 1934, and they still use it in their training today.
The most important inventions they have are amphibious vehicles, such as the Higgins Boat, Alligator, and DUKW. Without these amphibious vehicles, we would have lost World War II. These vehicles made it possible for the Marines to land on a beach where there was no friendly harbor. The amphibious vehicles could carry equipment, men, and other vehicles that couldn't move in water, such as jeeps and tanks. They could take the equipment from large ships in the water and bring it to shore during a battle.
The Marines are brave and have faced many dangers in many wars around the world. We should appreciate them for risking their lives to protect our freedom.
To find out more about the United States Marine Corps visit: http://www.usmc.mil/ .