House Votes To Add Marine Corps Name To Navy Department

More than 200 years after the first Marines fought in the Revolutionary War, the Marine Corps would finally get its name on the door under legislation the House has approved.

The House by voice vote Tuesday agreed to rename the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

The measure's sponsor, North Carolina Republican Walter Jones, says his effort is merely recognizing the Marine Corps as part of the fighting team that includes the Navy.

While almost every member of the House co-sponsored the legislation, it's no sure bet to pass Congress. The House has approved similar legislation for eight years running, only to be thwarted by the Senate. This year a companion Senate bill waits to be considered.

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  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    Ken, we still have those traditions even if they do change the name, we will still be part of the Department of the Navy. The Marines and Navy have been part of a team for many years now and no other branch of the military can even compare to us. It is only fitting that the Marine Corps is added. I say after more than 234 years it is about time. Semper Fi.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on May 6, 2010 at 08:49 PM
    I'm interested to read opinions of Marines. My father was one and he's not here now to see the WWII memorial or this change. I wonder how he would feel about it. I also look forward to seeing Pacific-he was on the USS Miami. There are two emblems on his foot marker-at his request. The UMC-United Meth Church and USMC emblem. I am blessed.
  • by Ken Location: Williamsburg, VA on May 6, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    What a waste of time & our money, guess there is nothing more important for them to do in DC. There is no need to change. We value our traditions & history more than the other US services, let us keep our traditions. We have always been and should continue to be the men in the Department of the Navy!
  • by The Voice on May 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    AMD, you are right. They have not earned my respect. And they never will.
  • by ryan Location: jacksonville on May 5, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    The Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy. There are many sailors, i.e. the Corpsman, who serve bravely with the Marines. If they want to add the Corps to the title, then give them their own department. The Marines know they fall under the Navy department, no need to change everything.
  • by YellowP on May 5, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    The Voice, you're an idiot. The reason that you have the freedom to despise the military is that they have fought and died for your freedom. If you don't like it here, you can always leave.
  • by Annonymous Military Dude on May 5, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    The Voice, none of us asked for you to worship the military. Just show them some support and respect that they have earned. Obviously you dont cherrish your freedom very much because it is because of the military men and women that you have those freedoms. Plane tickets are pretty cheap now a days or are you on the no fly list?
  • by Linda Location: New Bern on May 5, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    Ever notice they send the Marines first? After that they send the Army, Air Force and the Navy all together. Semper Fi
  • by Seamen Lover Location: Cherry Point on May 5, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    Now with the merging of the two branches, they'll be no question on who's the pitchers or the catchers in this union.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaen on May 5, 2010 at 04:36 AM
    I've been wondering just what it is that Rep. Jones has been doing for us in the congress. Now I know.
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