The Marine Corps has honorably served the United States for 237 years.
Since November 10, 1775, Marines have fought for America’s freedoms both on land and sea, often suffering a great number of casualties on dangerous missions.
“Marines exist to fight and win our Nation’s battles,” Marine Commandant General James Amos said in a statement on November 1. “We are most proud of our well-earned reputation for answering the clarion call first.”
Here is a look at the rich and valiant history of the Marine Corps, from its beginning to the modern era.