Happy 240th Birthday To The US Marine Corps SEMPER FI ALWAYS LOYAL
The Marine Corps, which turned 240 years old Today, has served a role in every conflict in US history since its conception. Nov 10th 1775
That's because the Marines operate on sea, air, and land — unlike the other service branches — and can respond to a crisis in less than 24 hours with the full force of a modern military.
Today there are more than 220,000 active-duty and reserve Marines. To celebrate the Corps, we've pulled some of the best photos from the past & present
Semper fidelis is a Latin phrase that means "always faithful" or "always loyal". In the United States it is best known as the motto of the United States Marine Corps.
A Marine field cook, stationed in Bermuda, with a cake he baked for the Marine Corps' birthday in 1943.
Created in 1798, the Marine Corps Band was called "The President's Own" by President Jefferson during his inaugural ball. Since then, the band has played at every presidential inauguration. Here's the band in 1893.
In the early 1900s, Marine forces were active in China and the Philippines. This photo from 1907 shows Marines posing in front of the Great Sphinx in Egypt.
Experimental Marine Corps aviation began in conjunction with the Navy around 1919. This photo from 1930 shows a Marine flying a Grumman FF-2 Navy plane. Within a decade the Marines had their first aircraft wing, which is now based in Okinawa, Japan.
Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 triggered America's entrance into World War II. This photo shows a Marine holding a piece of shrapnel removed from his arm after the attack.
Marines on a landing barge take one last look at a "good-luck picture" of a Pin-Up girl in 1943 while approaching the Japanese-held Tarawa island.
In the months after Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces expanded throughout the Western Pacific, prompting deployment of Marines to the tropical island of Guadalcanal. This 1943 photo shows two Marines waiting for “Chow Call,” or mealtime.
Amphibious warfare is a hallmark of the Marine Corps, as shown in this 1944 photo of Marines landing on the Japanese island of Saipan during World War II.
This 1944 photo shows a Navy corpsman giving a wounded Marine blood plasma on an island in the Pacific. Marines captured the island in 24 hours with help from the heaviest naval and air bombardment ever at that time.
Marines raise the American flag at the summit of Mount Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima in 1945. This enduring image is actually of the second flag raised on the mountain that day. The first flag was too small to be seen easily.
After hearing the news of Japan's surrender, Marines joyfully pose atop an amphibian tractor to celebrate the end of World War II and "Victory over Japan Day" in 1945.
The North Korean invasion of South Korea prompted America's entry in the Korean War. This photo from 1950 shows both Marine air and ground units supporting this operation.
Here, an exhausted Marine takes a quick break from fighting in Hue, Vietnam, in 1968.
Khe Sanh, in southern Vietnam, had the heaviest rocket and artillery attacks from the North Vietnamese troops. Here is a message from a Marine stationed there in 1968.
Marines scatter as a CH-46 helicopter explodes after it was shot down during combat in Vietnam. At least 13 Marines were reported killed in the crash, with another three badly burned.
In 1983 the US Embassy in Beirut was bombed by Islamic terrorists. It was the deadliest attack on a US diplomatic mission up to that time. This photo shows a Marine wearing a gas mask while digging through the rubble to find survivors.
Marines cover each other with M16A2 assault rifles as they prepare to enter one of Saddam Hussein's palaces in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
In this iconic photo, a Marine watches as a statue of Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad's Firdaus Square on April 9, 2003.
One of the single greatest battles for Marines in Iraq was held in Fallujah, the "City of Mosques," in 2004. It was the only battle in Marine Corps history in which fliers were dropped to alert civilians that troops were coming and to equally unnerve the enemy.
Marine Lance Corporal James Blake Miller, dubbed "Marlboro Marine," became the face of the Iraq war after his photo was taken by a Los Angeles Times reporter in Fallujah in 2004.
The "Darkhorse" Marines in the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit deployed to the Helmand province in southern Afghanistan following the heavy Marine-led assault on Marjah. Here is a photo of them under enemy sniper fire in 2010.
Every recruit received at Parris Island is transformed by legendary Marine drill instructors like the one pictured here. Marine recruits are typically younger than the Corps' sister service branches, and each DI wants to ensure that recruits can survive combat.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINE CORPS" SEMPRE FIDELIS
I bow my head with humble gratitude to all the Marines for the past 240 years of unimaginable sacrifices they have made. For their bravery, integrity, loyalty, honor and heroism that has kept Americans like my self out of harms way for over two centuries. Thank YOU
GOD Bless you all and God Bless America
Richard H. Emanuele Jr.
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November 10th 2015
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