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October 13, 2004

BTW - Happy Birthday!

...to the U.S. Navy. Founded (appropriately enough) on Friday the 13th of October, 1775.

And, in about the last time the Navy let itself get snookered by another service - it's Junior to the Marine Corps, a subordinate organization... hee hee hee.

The Marine Corps has had precedence over the Navy since 1921 because the Marine Corps has been very consistent in citing its origins as the legislation of the Continental Congress that established the Continental Marines on 10 November 1775. In constrast [sic], the United States Navy until 1972 gave various responses to the question of when it was founded, often citing legislation dating from its reestablishment in the 1790s. At the time the order of precedenceof the U.S. services was established, the Navy was using the dates from the 1790s, as its founding, and hence was viewed as a younger service than the Marine Corps. Despite several efforts to reverse the Marine Corps/Navy order of precedence in recent years, it has not occurred.