During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.

The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.


As the first order of business, Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines. Tun Tavern's owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776. Click here to continue reading.


We have Tun Tavern gear in the EGA Shop. Our Tun Tavern Sign makes a great gift for a Marine or Marine Corps enthusiast. Add to your collection today! Our hardboard sign has a glossy finish. The orange ribbon and Tun Tavern text proudly display the origins of the US Marine Corps on November 10, 1775. Perfect to display all year long in honor of the Marine Corps birthday and the famous heritage. Click here to view all Tun Tavern gear.

Gunny Pop Meeting Families in San Diego
Nick Popaditch Photo 2015, used with permission.

Nick "Gunny Pop" Popaditch, author and retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant, will be meeting families and signing books during Visitor Thursdays at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Gunny Pop served in the US Marine Corps as a Senior Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego as well as a tank commander during The Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the author of two books.


Gunny Pop is a living Marine Corps legend, and is featured in the MCRD Command Museum (also open to families on Visitor Thursday). He not only taught Core Values to Recruits as a Drill Instructor, but also demonstrated them by his own example. He was awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat. Most recently, he survived an RPG wound to his head in Fallujah and showed that courage, honor, and commitment are not just battlefield traits, but everything in life traits, including recovery.


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MarineParents.com, Inc. is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity, founded on January 21, 2003, to provide support, information, and services to Marines and their family members, and to create opportunities for individuals to support our troops. In over 12 years of service, Marine Parents has made a huge impact in support of Marines, military personnel, and their family members.

Marine family members are encouraged to support one another through activities and networking provided by the organization and guided by trained volunteers. Outreach to injured troops is volunteer-centered with in-person contact. Additional troop-support centered programs are designed to actively engage individuals and communities across the United States while maintaining the privacy of military personnel. All services are offered free to family members, Marines, and military personnel.

In 12 years of service, MarineParents.com has:
  • Invested over $6 million delivering direct support to Marines, their families and other military personnel.
  • Provided information and a Place to Connect & Share® to more than 311,000 family members through a network of communities and educational websites.
  • Collected materials and shipped over 39,000 care packages to Marines and military personnel in combat zones.
  • Involved thousands of Americans in sending over 93,000 cards and letters to injured troops.
  • Served over 40,000 meals to injured troops and their families at military medical facilities on the east and west coasts.
  • Planned and carried out recreational events for hundreds of injured troops and their families.
  • Delivered materials and resources to aid in the recovery process to hundreds of family members of injured troops.
  • Provided support and networking to hundreds of Gold Star families.
Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and Executive Director, leads the operations from the corporate office in Columbia, Missouri with staff, volunteers, and a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to the moderated, OPSEC-compliant social media groups, chat rooms, and informative websites, several outreach programs to support Marines and families before, during and after the Marine Corps are provided by the organization. Funding for the programs is through donations, grants, fundraising and EGA Shop sales. In 2009, the 15-item online store began expansion, eventually becoming the EGA Shop. In 2010, the production facility was established on-site to design and develop custom product, dramatically boosting sales and providing additional funding for the outreach programs. The organization is an official Marine Corps Trademark licensee.

Statistics updated January, 2015.