Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps [SLIDESHOW]

Monique Hamm Contributor
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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.

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