Why are Marines called marines?

Whenever I see Marines on tv and stuff they are on land and their name insists they have something to do with water yet we already have the Navy so why are they Marines?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Marines are a division of the Navy. The Navy blasts the crap out of an island, then the Marines come and clean up the rest. Marines are used for the amphibious assaults. Plus, a general definition for a marine is a soldier that lands on and raids an enemy base via land, sea or air. So yeah, there you go.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Long time ago, when ships were made of wood and used sail power, the Navy manned them. However, occasionally they'd get along side another ship and either boarded her or were boarded by her crew. Now sailing a boat is kind of an all-hands job. Below decks, the guys manning the cannon were kind of busy. Above decks, the guys were pretty tied up seeing that the ship didn't veer off course inspite of being pushed around by the wind and the other ship. But there was the repelling of boarders of the boarding party... and this was a combat job... not a sailing job. So the seagoing infantry was born.

    Why "Marines"? Well, as has been pointed that's corrupted Latin for "sea body (group of people... colloquially combat troops)." If my minimal Latin education serves me, it would be "corpus marinus." The Navy considered other names, but those appropriate were taken... Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Los Angeles Police Department, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts...;-D

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Marines are different from the Army and Navy because they are amphibious, they do land and water.

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  • Havoc
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    1 decade ago

    They are a maritime force that operation on both land and sea(and air)

    In the US, they are NOT part of the Navy, but they both fall under the Naval Department

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  • sean b
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Marines origianally were part of the navy, and i think in some countries still are.

    They started out as infantry units for fighting at sea. They were involved in boarding parties and eventually became infamous as an invasion force.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Marine Corps is Latin for Naval Infantry.

    They're basically the Navy's ground force.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Marines are the Navy's combat fighting force.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They are called Marines because they can fright on land and on the high seas by helping sailors to do their jobs.

    Source(s): Military history
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  • Thalia
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    marinus is the Latin word for "of the sea."

    So Marines means literally Men of the Sea.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They are our elite combat fighting force -- usually launched from Navy ships

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