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Return to Tun Tavern: U.S. Marines and Sailors vaccinate their neighbors in Philadelphia

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania holds a special place in U.S. Marine Corps history. In 1775, Capt. Samuel Nicholas, the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines who would later go on to become the first Commandant of the Marine Corps, was directed by Congress to raise two battalions of Marines. Tun Tavern, an infamous saloon that no longer physically stands but remains tattooed across the heart and soul of every U.S. Marine, became the first Marine Corps recruiting station looking for a “few good men…”
A U.S. Marine poses for a portrait at the state-run, federally-supported Community Vaccination Center at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa., April 27.

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Author: 1st Lt. Kevin Stapleton

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