Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s November 10, 1775. I’m in the historic Tun Tavern on King Street, in Philadelphia, with the proprietor, Robert Mullen, who has just been made a captain in the newly-formed U.S. Marines.
JG: “Captain Mullen, what are you doing here today?”
RM: “John, Semper Fidelis! We are here recruiting young soldiers for the newly-formed U.S. Marines. We must get ready to fight the tyrannical King George and his lobster boys.”
Captain Mullen and the marines did get ready as they bravely fought in a number of Revolutionary battles, serving George Washington with distinction.
Read the full text of the Resolution Establishing the Continental Marines.
John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.