Thomas Jefferson issued to each MARINE a ‘leather neckband’ to prevent his forces from being beheaded by Muslim Barbary Pirates. Marines were thus called ‘Leathernecks’. Obama is having this history erased. Teach your children well.
“In 1801, the year Jefferson became president, Muslim Barbary Pirates demanded $225,000, plus an annual tribute of $25,000. When Jefferson refused, the Pasha Lord of Tripoli declared war. This was the first war the U.S. was in after becoming a nation. Jefferson sent Marines to capture Tripoli. The Muslims\’ terrorist attacks were stopped, giving rise to the Marine Anthem: \”From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…\” The curved Marine sword is from the many confiscated Muslim scimitars, called \”mamluke\” swords. Marines were called \”leathernecks\” for the wide leather straps worn around their necks to prevent being beheaded, as Sura 47:4 states: \”When you meet the infidel in the battlefield, strike off their heads.\””