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Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps [SLIDESHOW]

Monique Hamm Contributor

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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