Marines on the hangar deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) fill their magazines with ammunition before boarding helicopters for transportation to Monrovia, Liberia, to evacuate dependents and non-essential U.S. Embassy staff from the midst of fighting between Liberian government forces and rebel factions

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Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC)

Scene Camera Operator: JO2 William G. Davis Iii

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The United States Marine Corps traces its roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War, formed by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on 10 November 1775. That date is celebrated as the Marine Corps's birthday. Throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, Marine detachments served aboard Navy cruisers, battleships, and aircraft carriers. About 600,000 Americans served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, performed a central role in the Pacific War. The Pacific theatre battles saw fierce fighting between Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army. The Battle of Iwo Jima was arguably the most famous Marine engagement of the war with high losses of 26,000 American casualties and 22,000 Japanese. By the end of WWII, the Corps expanded totaling about 485,000 Marines. Nearly 87,000 Marines were casualties during World War II (including nearly 20,000 killed), and 82 were awarded the Medal of Honor. The Korean War saw the Corps expand from 75,000 regulars to a force of 261,000 Marines, mostly reservists. 30,544 Marines were killed or wounded during the war. During Vietnam War Marines evacuated Saigon. Vietnam was the longest war for Marines. By its end, 13,091 had been killed in action, 51,392 had been wounded. Marines participated in the failed 1980 Iran hostage rescue attempt, the invasion of Grenada, the invasion of Panama. On 23 October 1983, the Marine headquarters building in Beirut, Lebanon, was bombed, causing the highest peacetime losses to the Corps in its history. 220 Marines and 21 other service members were killed. Marines liberated Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War, participated in combat operations in Somalia (1992–1995), and took part in the evacuation of American citizens from the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania. Following the attacks on 11 September 2001, Marine Corps, alongside the other military services, has engaged in global operations around the world in support of War on Terror. Marines were among first sent to Afghanistan in November 2001. Since then, Marine battalions and squadrons have been engaging Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces. U.S. Marines also served in the Iraq War.

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05/08/1990
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Two Filipino UH-1 Iroquois helicopters prepare for takeoff after picking up several cases of ordnance provided by the U.S. government. The ordnance is being provided to help the Filipino government put down a coup attempt by rebel factions within the nation's armed forces

A member of the 3rd Security Police Group checks a driver's identification card at a flight line entry control point. A heightened state of security is in effect aboard the base as the Filipino government fights to put down a coup attempt by rebel factions within the nation's armed forces

LT James Glackin, left, of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) briefs civilian guard Modesto Pascual and SGT Rodney Williams of the 3rd Security Police Squadron. U.S. Army troops that were in the Philippines for an exercise have been called upon to augment base security forces as the Filipino government fights to put down a coup attempt by rebel factions within the nation's armed forces

PFC Samuel Baines of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) digs a fighting hole near a fuel depot. U.S. Army troops that were in the Philippines for an exercise have been called upon to augment base security forces as the Filipino government fights to put down a coup attempt by rebel factions within the nation's armed forces

A security policeman checks a Filipino worker's identity card at an internal base checkpoint. A heightened state of security is in effect aboard the base as the Filipino government fights to put down a coup attempt by rebel factions within the nation's armed forces

STAFF officers of the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing receive a briefing concerning the wing's role in helping the Filipino government to put down a coup attempt by rebel factions within the nation's armed forces

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Members of the 3rd Security Police Squadron and the Army's 25th Infantry Division (Light) stand near an M1038 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as they prepare to set up an observation post near the base perimeter. U.S. Army troops that were in the Philippines for an exercise have been called upon to augment base security forces as the Filipino government fights to put down a coup attempt by rebel factions within the nation's armed forces

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Marines on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) for transportation to Monrovia, Liberia, to evacuate dependents and non-essential U.S. Embassy staff from the midst of fighting between Liberian government forces and rebel factions

Marines on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) for transportation to Monrovia, Liberia, to evacuate dependents and non-essential U.S. Embassy staff from the midst of fighting between Liberian government forces and rebel factions

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Marines on the hangar deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) fill their magazines with ammunition before boarding helicopters for transportation to Monrovia, Liberia, to evacuate dependents and non-essential U.S. Embassy staff from the midst of the fighting between Liberian government forces and rebel factions

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Sailors on the hangar deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) escort some of the American civilians who were evacuated from the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to avoid the fighting between Liberian government forces and rebel factions

Marines on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) for transportation to Monrovia, Liberia, to evacuate dependents and non-essential U.S. Embassy staff from the midst of fighting between Liberian government forces and rebel factions

Marines on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) for transportation to Monrovia, Liberia, to evacuate dependents and non-essential U.S. Embassy staff from the midst of fighting between Liberian government forces and rebel factions

Marines on the hangar deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) fill their magazines with ammunition before boarding helicopters for transportation to Monrovia, Liberia, to evacuate dependents and non-essential U.S. Embassy staff from the midst of the fighting between Liberian government forces and rebel factions

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hangar deck hangar deck assault ship uss saipan assault ship uss saipan lha magazines ammunition helicopters transportation monrovia liberia dependents embassy embassy staff midst liberian government forces liberian government forces rebel factions atlantic ocean us navy ships united states ships amphibious assault ship us marine corps us navy high resolution rebel factions jo2 william davis iii