Marines Land in Colombia

Marines Land in Colombia

September 24, 1873, in Marine Corps history.

On September 24, 1873, 199 Marines and seamen from the USS Pensacola and the USS Benicia landed at the Bay of Panama in what is now Colombia, South America, to protect the railroad and American lives and property as local groups fought for control over the government of Panama.

Photo Credit: The USS Pensacola in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1861. (U.S. Navy photo/released).

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