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US Marine Corps

The United States Marine CorpsCreated by: NARA & DVIDS Public Domain ArchiveDated: 2001
US Marines patrol the streets of downtown Beirut in an M151 light vehicle. The Marines have been deployed in Lebanon as part of a multi-national peacekeeping force following confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization
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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Photographs of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Boarding USS Argonaut as She Docks in Pearl Harbor after Makin Island Raid

Photographs of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Boarding USS Argonaut as She ...

Original caption: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (back to camera) is first on board USS Argonaut as she docks in Pearl Harbor after participating in raid on Makin Island, Aug., 1942. He is shaking hands with Major J... More

Photograph of Burning of Gasoline Stowage on Makin Island after Marine Commando Raid

Photograph of Burning of Gasoline Stowage on Makin Island after Marine...

Original caption: Burning of gasoline stowage on Makin Island after Marine Commando raid. Shot from USS Nautilus (SS-168) waiting to take Marines off island. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy

Lieutenant Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC, Commanding Officer of 1ST Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment at Guadalcanal (1942)

Lieutenant Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC, Commanding Officer ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Ph... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Henry A. McCartney taken at Russell Islands, October 13, 1943. 1LT McCartney, an Ace Pilot was awarded the Air Medal and is credited with 5 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Russell Islands Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digita... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Edwin L. Olander, at Russell Island, October 5, 1943. 1LT Olander is an ace pilot and is credited with 5 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Russell Island Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT E. M. Hart, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Milton N. Vedder, taken at Guadalcanal, July 15, 1943. 1LT Thomas is an ace pilot and is credited with 6 kills. His hometown is Los Angeles, California

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Mgen G. Lynch, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Servi... More

World War II (WWII) area photo of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) P.C. Delong, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, November 24th 1943

World War II (WWII) area photo of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieuten...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vella Lavella Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Tsgt, D. Q. White, USA Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

World War II (WWII) area photo of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Joseph V. Dillard, standing in from of a US Navy (USN) F4U "CORSAIR" aircraft at San Diego, California (CA), November 22, 1943

World War II (WWII) area photo of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieuten...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Hartwell V. Scarborough, taken at Russell Islands, August 15, 1943. 1LT Scarborough is an ace pilot and is credited with 5 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Russell Island Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT W. G. Wilson, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military ... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Harold E. Segal taken at Russell Islands July 17, 1943. 1LT Segal is an Ace Pilot credited with 12 kills. His home is 782 Woodmere Avenue, Long Island, New York

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Russell Island Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT E. M. Hart, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Stanley T. Synar, taken at Russell Islands, July 19, 1943. 1LT Synar is an ace pilot and is credited with 5 kills. His hometown is Warner, Oklahoma

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Russell Island Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT E. M. Hart, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ), Gregory J. Weissenberger, taken at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, June 1943. MAJ Weissenberger is an Ace Pilot credited with 5 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Henderson Field State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT C. L. Smith, Usmc Release Status: Released to Publi... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Sheldon O. Hall, standing next to a US Navy (USN) F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, 1943. 1LT Hall is an Ace Pilot credited with 6 kills. His hometown is Ottawa, Ohio.  (Exact date shot unknown)

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Henderson Field State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT C.L. Smith, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Robert W. McClurg, taken at Russell Islands, October 15, 1943. 1LT McClurg is a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 214 (VMF-214) "Black Sheep" and is credited with 7 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Russell Islands Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SSG Edwin M. Hart, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ) Major Robert (Fearless) Fraser, taken at Guadalcanal, June 1, 1943. MAJ Fraser is an Ace Pilot credited with 6 kills

Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ) Major Robert (Fearless)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Bert Lynch, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service ... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) John L. Morgan, Jr, taken at Guadalcanal, July 18, 1943. 1LT Morgan is an ace pilot and is credited with 8 kills. His hometown is Arlington, Texas

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Wilson, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service ... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) William B. Freeman, taken at North Island, San Diego, California (CA), 1943. 1LT Freeman is a World War II (WWII) Ace Pilot credited with 6 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Stotz, Usmc Release Status... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ), John L. Smith, taken February 1943. MAJ Smith was awarded the Medal of Honor and is an Ace Pilot credited with 19 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ), Herman "Hap" Hansen, Jr., Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Squadron One, taken on Guadalcanal, September 25, 1943. MAJ Hansen is an Ace Pilot credited with 5 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT W.G. Wilson, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Ser... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Edwin J. Herman Jr., taken at Vella La Vella, November 14, 1943. 1LT Herman is an Ace Pilot credited with 8 kills. His hometown is Dallas, Texas

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vella La Vella Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT White, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Wilbur J. Thomas, taken at Guadalcanal, July 18, 1943. 1LT Thomas is an ace pilot and is credited with 18 kills. His home is 211 West First Street, El Dorado, Kansas

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Mgen Bert Lynch, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Ser... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ), Nathan T. Post, taken April 28, 1943. MAJ Post is an Ace Pilot credited with 8 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SGT Hart, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ), Robert G. Owens, Jr., taken at Vella La Vella, November 11, 1943. MAJ Owens is an Ace Pilot credited with 7 kills

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vella La Vella Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT D. Q. White, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Second Lieutenant (2LT) William P. Marontate, taken December, 1943. 2LT Marontate is an ace pilot and is credited with 13 kills

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Second Lieutenant (2LT) Wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Major General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, Marine Guadalcanal Commander, Stands with Men of His Command After Decorating Marine Heroes of Guadalcanal at an Allied Pacific Base Recently

Major General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, Marine Guadalcanal Commander, St...

Original Caption: Major General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, Marine Guadalcanal commander, stands with men of his command after decorating Marine heroes of Guadalcanal at an Allied Pacific base recently. Front row (... More

At a Recent Parade at an Allied Base in the South Pacific, Members of a Marine Regiment Received High Decorations from Major General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, Commander at the Base

At a Recent Parade at an Allied Base in the South Pacific, Members of ...

Original Caption: At a recent parade at an Allied base in the South Pacific, members of a Marine Regt. Received high decorations from Maj. Gen. A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, Commander at the base. Posing with their r... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Paul A. Mullen, taken in the cockpit of a USMC F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft at Guadalcanal, June 6, 1943. 1LT Mullen is an ace pilot and is credited with 6 kills. His hometown is 45 Ordale Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT W. G. Wilson, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Se... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Frank B. Baldwin, taken at Russell Islands July 3, 1943 as he sits in the cockpit of a USMC F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft. 1LT Baldwin is an Ace Pilot credited with 10 kills

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Russell Islands Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digit... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Jack Pittman, Jr, taken at Russell Island, July 4, 1943 as he sits in the cockpit of a USMC F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft. TSGT Pittman is an Ace Pilot credited with 7 kills. His hometown is Amarillo, Texas

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Technical...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: New Georgia Islands Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT E. Hart, Jr, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ), Joseph H. Reinberg, taken at Guadalcanal, July 4, 1943. MAJ Reinberg is an Ace Pilot credited with 7 kills. (Substandard image)

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MA...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Guadalcanal Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Mgen Bert Lynch, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Ser... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ) Donald H. Sapp, taken at Russell Islands September 15, 1943. MAJ Sapp is an Ace Pilot credited with 11 kills.  (Substandard image)

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MA...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Russell Islands Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT E. M. Hart, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) William N. Case, Marine Fighter Squadron 214 (VMF-214)"Black Sheep"taken at Russell Islands, October 5, 1943. 1LT Case is an Ace Pilot credited with 8 kills

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Rusell Islands Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Edwin M. Hart, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Milita... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Second Lieutenant (2LT) Alvin J. Jensen, standing in front of a US Navy (USN) F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft at Vella LaVella, Soloman Islands, November 14, 1943. 2LT Jensen is an Ace Pilot credited with 7 kills

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Second Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Vella Lavella Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: Tsgt D. Q. White, USA Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Se... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) John F. Bolt, Marine Fighter Squadron 214 (VMF-214)"Black Sheep"taken at Vella La Vella, December 5, 1943 as he stands in front of a USMC F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft. 1LT Bolt is an Ace Pilot credited with 6 kills. His hometown is Sanford, Florida

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Vella La Vella Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT D. W. White, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military ... More

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Don H. Fisher, taken at Russell Islands, October 15, 1943. 1LT Fisher is a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 214 (VMF-214)"Black Sheep"and is credited with 2 kills. His home is 2301 Southwest 23rd St, Miami, Florida.  (Substandard image)

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Don...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Russell Islands Country: Solomon Islands (SLB) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Edwin M. Hart, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

Photograph of Royal British Marines during Final Amphibious Maneuvers on the North African Coast

Photograph of Royal British Marines during Final Amphibious Maneuvers ...

Original caption: The Coast Guard Lands the British Marines- Down the ramps, through the surf and up the beach dash Royal British Marines form U.S. Coast Guard-manned landing craft during final amphibious maneu... More

Troops of 3rd Wave ("A" Co 5th Marines) Consolidate Position on Beach,  Guadalcanal, Vasicek
Marines on Beach, 1st. Div. 5th Marines Co. "A". Peleliu, Vasicek

Marines on Beach, 1st. Div. 5th Marines Co. "A". Peleliu, Vasicek

General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps

American and Soviet officers arrive at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony to honor those members of the U.S. Marchant Marines who died while delivering supplies to the Soviet Union during World War II. Three ships of the Soviet Pacific Fleet are in San Diego for a five-day goodwill visit

American and Soviet officers arrive at Fort Rosecrans National Cemeter...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: JOC Robert Hansen Release Status: Released to Pu... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Williams L. Hood, standing on the wing of a US Navy (USN) F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft at Okinawa, Japan, 1945. 1LT Hood is an Ace Pilot credited with 5 kills.  (Exact date shot unknown)

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: Beall, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major Jefferson D. Dorroh, Jr, taken at San Deigo, California (CA), 1945. MAJ Dorroh is an Ace Pilot credited with 6 kills. A picture of a US Navy (USN) F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft hangs in the background.  (Exact date shot unknown)

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major Jefferson D. Dorroh,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

U.S. Marines and Soviet sailors present arms as ADM Gennidiy Khvatov, left, commander, Soviet Pacific Fleet, and ADM Charles R. Larson, commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, walk between them during a wreath-laying ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The ceremony is being held to honor those members of the U.S. Merchant Marine who died while delivering supplies to the Soviet Union during World War II. Three ships of the Soviet Pacific Fleet are in San Diego for a five-day goodwill visit

U.S. Marines and Soviet sailors present arms as ADM Gennidiy Khvatov, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Michael Poche Release Status: Released to Pu... More

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Gerard M. H. Williams, taken at San Diego, California (CA), 1945. 1LT Williams is an ace pilot and is credited with 7 kills

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Ger...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) John McManus, taken at Marine Corps Air Station, Mojave, California (CA), 1945. 1LT McManus is an ace pilot and is credited with 6 kills. His hometown is Chicago, Illinois

World War II (WWII) area photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Li...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcas, Mojave State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ), Edmund F. Overend, taken at San Deigo, California (CA), 1945 as he sits in the cockpit of a US Navy (USN) F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft. MAJ Overend is an Ace Pilot credited with 9 kills. (Exact date shot unknown)

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MA...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combi... More

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Selva E. McGinty, taken at Marine Corps Air Depot, Miramar, San Diego, California (CA), 1945. 1LT McGinty is an ace pilot and is credited with 5 kills. His hometown is Stilwell, Oklahoma

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Sel...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Miramar State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Release... More

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Dewey F. Durnford, taken at San Diego, California (CA), 1945. 1LT Durnford is a World War II (WWII) Ace Pilot credited with 6 kills also he awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Air Medals. A photograph of a US Navy F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft hangs in the background.  (Exact date shot unknown)

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Dew...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Charles W. Drake, taken at San Diego, California (CA), 1945. 1LT Drake is a World War II (WWII) Ace Pilot credited with 5 kills. A photograph of a US Navy F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft hangs in the background.  (Exact date shot unknown)

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Cha...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Serv... More

Three Marines review a map before driving inland on D-day of the combined South Korean/U.S. exercise Team Spirit '90

Three Marines review a map before driving inland on D-day of the combi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '90 Base: Pohang Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: JO1 Joe Lancaster Release Status: Relea... More

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Jeremiah J. O'Keffe, taken at Marine Corps Air Depot, Miramar, San Diego, California (CA), 1945. 1LT O'Keffe is an ace pilot and is credited with 7 kills. His hometown is Ocean Springs, Mississippi. A photograph of a US Navy F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft hangs in the background.  (Exact date shot unknown)

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) First Lieutenant (1LT) Jer...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Air Station,Miramar State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: R... More

Marines Pinned Down By Japanese Fire

Marines Pinned Down By Japanese Fire

Original Caption: MARINES PINNED DOWN BY JAP FIRE—Men of the First Marine Division keep close to the ground while under heavy Jap mortar and machine gun fire on the crest of newly won hill bounding "Awacha Pock... More

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Gregory"Pappy"Boyington, Commander, Marine Fighter Squadron 214 (VMF-214)"Black Sheep"taken at Marine Corps Headquarter, Washington D.C., October 4, 1945. LTC Boyington was awarded the Medal of Honor and is an Ace Pilot credited with 28 kills

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) G...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... More

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines] - [PAR-7836 through PAR-7840]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines] - [PAR-7836 through PAR-7840]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines] - [PAR-7836 through PAR-7840]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines] - [PAR-7836 through PAR-7840]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines]

[Hotel Continental, Dance of the Marines] - [PAR-7836 through PAR-7840]

Photograph of Lt. Col. Scott, USMC, Elizabeth Bukowsky, and John F. (Mike) Simmons at the Official Preview of the Freedom Train Exhibit

Photograph of Lt. Col. Scott, USMC, Elizabeth Bukowsky, and John F. (M...

Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Photograph of Lt. Col. Robert Scott, USMC, and John F. (Mike) Simmons of NARS at the Official Preview of the Freedom Train Exhibit

Photograph of Lt. Col. Robert Scott, USMC, and John F. (Mike) Simmons ...

Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Photograph of Lt. Col. Scott, USMC, and John F. (Mike) Simmons at the Official Preview of the Freedom Train Exhibit

Photograph of Lt. Col. Scott, USMC, and John F. (Mike) Simmons at the ...

Historic Photograph File of National Archives Events and Personnel

Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC

Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Marines Come Ashore at Inchon in an Amphibious Tractor, Prepared to Plant the American flag at Seoul. The flag was Given to Them by Col. Lewis B. Puller
Marines with a Bazooka and a Protecting Machine Gun set up a Security Post Against Possible Tank Counter-Attack

Marines with a Bazooka and a Protecting Machine Gun set up a Security ...

Original Caption: Marines with a bazooka and a protecting machine gun set up a security post against possible tank counter-attack. 1stMarDiv. Korea. Photog: Sgt. Frank Kerr General Photograph File of the U.S... More

Leathernecks Use Scaling Ladders to Storm Ashore at Inchon in an Amphibious Invasion

Leathernecks Use Scaling Ladders to Storm Ashore at Inchon in an Amphi...

Original Caption: As against "The Shores of Tripoli" in the Marines Hymn, Leathernecks use scaling ladders to storm ashore at Inchon in an Amphibious invasion, September 15, 1950. It was one of the fastest ope... More

Inchon Residents Return to the Streets and Normal Way of Living as U.S. Marines March Through to Engage Enemy at Seoul

Inchon Residents Return to the Streets and Normal Way of Living as U.S...

Original Caption: Inchon residents return to the streets and normal way of living as U. S. Marines march through to engage enemy at Seoul. 1st MarDiv. Korea. Photog: F. C. Kerr. General Photograph File of th... More

Symbolically, There's a Warning Signal Against Them as Marines Move Down the Main Line to Seoul

Symbolically, There's a Warning Signal Against Them as Marines Move Do...

Original Caption: Symbolically, there's a warning signal against them as Marines move down the main line to Seoul. 1st MarDIv. Korea. Photog: Sgt Keating. General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps

Up Goes the American Flag, Raised by Victorious U.S. Marines Over the Capital of Korea to Signify the Defeat of Communist Forces in Seoul

Up Goes the American Flag, Raised by Victorious U.S. Marines Over the ...

Original Caption: Up goes the American Flag, raised by victorious U. S. Marines over the capital of Korea to signify the defeat of communist forces in Seoul. 1stMarDiv. "E" Co., 5th Marines. Photog: Sgt. Ke... More

Astonished Marines of the 5th and 7th Regiments, Who Hurled Back a Surprise Onslaught by Three Chinese Communist Divisions Hear That They Are to Withdraw

Astonished Marines of the 5th and 7th Regiments, Who Hurled Back a Sur...

Original Caption: THE ROAD BACK – Astonished Marines of the 5th and 7th Regiments, who hurled back a surprise onslaught by three Chinese communist divisions hear that they are to withdraw! In five days and nig... More

Brigadier General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC, Assistant Commander of the 1ST Marine Division

Brigadier General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC, Assistant Commander ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Korean War era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ) John F. Bolt, assigned to the 1ST Marine Aircraft Wing, as he exits his USMC F-86"SABER"jet aircraft. MAJ Bolt is the USMC first"Jet Ace"credited with 6 kills, plus he shot down six Japanese planes during World War II (WWII). His hometown is Sanford, Florida.  (Exact date shot unknown)

A Korean War era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ) John...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Tsgt Tom Donaldson, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Ph... More

Photograph of Service Women Holding the State Flags of the First Thirteen States

Photograph of Service Women Holding the State Flags of the First Thirt...

Original caption: Left to Right Pvt. Dorothy E. Kercher, USA - Delaware, Sgt. Janet M. Knutson, USMC - Penna, Sgt. Awnelouse Koke, USMC - N.J., PFC Greta G. Hobson, USMC - Georgia, Sgt. Dorothy A. Zanelli, USA... More

Major General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC (uncovered)

Major General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC (uncovered)

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Three US Marine Corps M50 "Ontos" tracked vehicles. Each Ontos carries six 106 mm recoiless rifles

Three US Marine Corps M50 "Ontos" tracked vehicles. Each Ontos carries...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A group of Marines walk to the shower unit in the bulk fuel area at Cua Viet. The shower consists of a 900-gallon bladder placed on top of walls made from stacked tank chests

A group of Marines walk to the shower unit in the bulk fuel area at Cu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A starboard bow view of utility landing craft 1498 (LCU 1498) beached at Cua Viet. A US Navy lighter, amphibious, resupply cargo vehicle (LARC 5) comes ashore with a group of Marines after a run from Dong Ha

A starboard bow view of utility landing craft 1498 (LCU 1498) beached ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A group of Marines gather at the Dong Ha ramp on the Cam Lo (Cua Viet) River. The bridge in the background carriers Highway 1 over the river

A group of Marines gather at the Dong Ha ramp on the Cam Lo (Cua Viet)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Two Marines swim in the non-potable water supply pond dug by seabees at Cua Viet

Two Marines swim in the non-potable water supply pond dug by seabees a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major General (MGEN) Marion E. Carl, taken at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina (NC), August 11, 1967. MGEN Carl is an Ace Pilot credited with 18 kills

Official Portrait of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major General (MGEN) Mario...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mcas, Cherry Point State: North Carolina (NC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to... More

Marines stand by a 350-gallon-per-minute fuel pump while waiting for a fuel boat to arrive on the Cua Viet River. In the background is harbor utility craft 62 (YFU 62) and the hopper dredge "Hyde." A mechanized landing craft 8 (LCM 8) is visible on the right

Marines stand by a 350-gallon-per-minute fuel pump while waiting for a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A port bow view of the tank landing ship USS CAROLINE COUNTY (LST-525) with its bow doors open while docked at Cua Viet. The ship brought ice cream to the Marines at Cua Viet to commemorate its visit, the first by an LST

A port bow view of the tank landing ship USS CAROLINE COUNTY (LST-525)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC. Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Marines of Co. F, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, Fire Upon Fleeing Viet Cong During Operation New Castle
Marines secure canvas covers on M40 106 mm recoiless rifles mounted on M274 utility platform trucks. The M274 is commonly referred to as a "mechanical mule."

Marines secure canvas covers on M40 106 mm recoiless rifles mounted on...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A US Marine Corps M50 "Ontos" tracked vehicle with six 106 mm recoiless rifles

A US Marine Corps M50 "Ontos" tracked vehicle with six 106 mm recoiles...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Marines of Co. E, 2nd Bn., 7th Marines, Move Across Rice Paddies Under Heavy Machine Gun Fire During Operation Arizona, 25 Miles Southeast of Da Nang
A US Marine Corps C-130 Hercules aircraft on the runway at Dong Ha

A US Marine Corps C-130 Hercules aircraft on the runway at Dong Ha

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Dong Ha Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital... More

US Marine Corps CH-34 Seahorse helicopters on the runway at Dong Ha

US Marine Corps CH-34 Seahorse helicopters on the runway at Dong Ha

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Dong Ha Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: PFC Kenneth L. Fuller Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital... More

A Marine Machine Gun Crew from Co. E, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, is in Place on Hill 170 During Operation Essex

A Marine Machine Gun Crew from Co. E, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, is in Plac...

Original Caption: A Marine machine gun crew from Co. E, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, is in place on Hill 170 during Operation Essex. They are, left to right: Pfc. J.L. Duckworth, Cpl. H.T. Hudson and Pfc. D.O. McPhers... More

Pvt. R. Jones, of the 81mm Mortars Plt., 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, is Wet and Cold as He Takes a Break During Operation Pitt, Taking Place Approximately 12 miles north of Da Nang
U.S. Marines head into combat after being airlifted to Calu by the C-123 Provider aircraft of the 311th Air Commando Squadron. In all, the 13 aircraft delivered 475 troops and over six tons of equipment in 90 minutes

U.S. Marines head into combat after being airlifted to Calu by the C-1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Calu Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Marines of Co. M 3rd Bn., 7th Marines, Move Along a Secured Road During Operation Tampa
Corporal K. Philpot (Bayminette, Alabama), Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, Seventh Marines, is on the Alert in His Bunker for Possible North Vietnamese Army Movement
Marines of the 3rd Marine Division begin to clear trees and underbrush from a mountain-top during the construction of a fire support base

Marines of the 3rd Marine Division begin to clear trees and underbrush...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A member of the 3rd Marine Division uses a chain saw to cut up a tree trunk at a mountain-top fire support base construction site. Two other marines and their equipment are lowered into the site by helicopter

A member of the 3rd Marine Division uses a chain saw to cut up a tree ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Marines of "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Assisted by a Young Vietnamese, Evacuate an Injured Civilian They Found During a Sweep of an Area Five Miles Northeast of An Hoa

Marines of "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Assisted...

Original Caption: HELPING HAND – Marines of "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, assisted by a young Vietnamese, evacuate an injured civilian they found during a sweep of an area five miles northe... More

Three female Marines, in dress blue uniforms, raise the morning colors. Number three of three

Three female Marines, in dress blue uniforms, raise the morning colors...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Quantico State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... More

Three female Marines, in dress blue uniforms, raise the morning colors. First view in a series of three

Three female Marines, in dress blue uniforms, raise the morning colors...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Quantico State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... More

Three female Marines, in dress blue uniforms, raise the morning colors. Number two of three

Three female Marines, in dress blue uniforms, raise the morning colors...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Quantico State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... More

As the day gets hotter and more cars utilize the roads in the early afternoon, Traffic Officers begin their daily routine of keeping the traffic moving in downtown Karbala City, Iraq

As the day gets hotter and more cars utilize the roads in the early af...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Base: Karbala Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Major Command Shown: 3rd BN 7th MAR Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Nathan... More

US Marine Corps (USMC) Infantry provide security in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on a street corner in Al Nu'maniyah, next to an Iraqi taxi cab

US Marine Corps (USMC) Infantry provide security in support of Operati...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Alicia M. Anderson, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Com... More

Using a car, Iraqi civilians drag a statue of Saddam Hussein down the streets of Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Using a car, Iraqi civilians drag a statue of Saddam Hussein down the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: IRAQI FREEDOM Base: Baghdad Country: Iraq (IRQ) Scene Major Command Shown: 1ST Tank BN Scene Camera Operator: SGT Paul L. An... More

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