National Geographic : 1936 Feb
Photograph from John Oliver La Gorce SOLDIERS OF THE SEA PARADE ON HORSEBACK IN THE AMERICAN EMBASSY COMPOUND The only "Horse Marines" in the United States Marine Corps are stationed in Peiping as a special detachment ofthe famous Embassy Guard. Inblue dress uniforms with white caps, and with red saddle cloths on their horses, the mounted detachment makes a colorfuldisplay asitpasses inreview under the old Tatar City wall. This unit of about 30 men, trained and equipped like cavalry, dates from the days before motor transport, when horsemen were needed toround up and protect American citizens in case of trouble. Now Horse Marines are used for patrol duty, cooperating with other units ofthe Marine battalion inPeiping, where troops of Uncle Sam have been stationed since just before the Boxer uprising in 1900.