I've come across the term 'marines' in the book 'The Arrangement by Elia Kazan' twice; however I couldn't get what it may refer. I know it is like 'nautical' or something but it seemed different to me in the context. Need your help. Here are the two paragraphs:
"You're the son of 612, aren't you?" he asked. "I'm Dr. Levine. I've been looking after your father." "How is he really?" I said. "He's finished. Otherwise he's fine." "What the hell does that mean?" "I t means some doctors will BS you, put him on a drug calendar, and slip you a hefty bill. But there's no way back with this thing." "So what do I do?" "Make him as happy as you can, for as long as you can. But don't look for the marines. They ain't coming."
I need to mention here that the old man here suffers from arteriosclerosis. The other paragraph is:
My father winked at me, and laughed and coughed and laughed. Miss Smythe came back. With her were Butch and the marines, Dr. Levine and Father Draddy, the young priest who had tried to talk to my father earlier and hadn't been able to.
I thought that the term 'marines' may be something used in daily language like white-collars or something like that. I know it isn't but what is it then?