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Line of Investment of Fort Gaines, Dauphine Island, by Maj. Genl. g. Granger's Expeditionary Corps, Aug. 1864. Capt. M. D. McAlester, U.S.E, Chief Engr., [and] Capt. J. C. Palfrey . . . 1st Lt. A. H. Burnham . . [and 1st Lt. C. J. Allen, U.S.E., Assistants. Drawn by Ch. Spangenberg, Asst. Engr.

With the British Expeditionary Forces in Italy

Sir Douglas Haig and Commander-in-Chief of the Portuguese Expeditionary Forces waiting at R.R. Depot, Tillers, France to receive the President of Portugal who is making a visit to France

American Red Cross - N thru W - Miss Julia Stimson, Head Nurse of the American Expeditionary forces. Formerly Head Nurse of American Red Cross in France

Artists - Official Army Artist. Capt. Harvey Dunn, U.S.A. one of the eight official artists with the American Expeditionary Forces

General count von der Goltz, the Commander of the expeditionary force into Finland. May 1918

Right side profile of two Marine Armored Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) emerges from the surf, from left to right, onto the beach at Mogadishu Airport. They are from the 15th Marine Expeditionary force unit BLT 2/9, Camp Pendleton, California. The AAVs were deployed from the Austin Class; Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS JUNEAU (LPD 10) (not shown) as part of Operation Restore Hope

Artwork: "Esquadron 201," The 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron, Mexican Expeditionary Air Force Artist: Ginny Sherwood

A new type of cloth covered portable aircraft hangar is tested for resistance to high winds and heat at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Expeditionary Air Field

A view of a cloth-covered transportable aircraft hangar being tested at Expeditionary Airfield

An LAV-25 light armored vehicle from Company A, 3rd Light Armored Vehicle Battalion, is picked up at Expeditionary Air Field by a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for transport to the Lavic Lake training area

Major General (MGEN) Gene A. Deegan, commanding officer of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, greets Dr. R.B. Costello at the expeditionary air field as Costello arrives to tour the center

Major General (MGEN) J.J. McMonagle, commanding general, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, attaches the Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer to the colors of the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade as MGEN Gene A. Deegan, commanding general of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, and Sergeant Major (SGM) Doug Wildenhaus, look on

A view of some of the tents used by the command element of the 6th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (6th MEB) during exercise Ocean Venture '88

A group portrait of Command Element II, Marine Expeditionary Force, taken on the steps of Headquarters Building H-1

LGEN Carl E. Mundy Jr., deputy chief of staff for plans, policies and operations, rides in an LAV-25 light armored vehicle as he tours the area with MGEN Norman H. Smith, commander, III Marine Expeditionary Force, 3rd Marine Division

A Marine from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade a grenade during a field operation

A Marine from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade armed with an M16A2 rifle moves across a field under the concealment of a smoke grenade during a field operation

A Marine from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade runs across a field under the concealment of a smoke grenade during a field operation

A Marine from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade applies camouflage during a field operation

Marines from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade maintain a defensive posture while patrolling during a field operation

A Marine from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade armed with an M16A2 rifle maintains a defensive position during a field operation

Marines from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade fire M60 Machine Guns on the range during a field operation

A Marine from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade maintains communications during a field operation

A Marine from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade camouflaged and concealed in underbrush maintains a defensive position during a field operation

Marines from the 9th Expeditionary Brigade maintain a defensive posture while patrolling during a field operation

Local inhabitants watch an AAVP7A1 amphibious assault vehicle of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit as it moves inland during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

A Marine of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) sits on the edge of the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. In the background is the amphibious transport dock USS VANCOUVER (LPD-2)

Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters wait to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopters are assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A Marine of the 11th Marine Expeditionary stands by air cushion landing craft LCAC-13 during the initial assault phase of the joint Thai/U.S. Exercise Thalay Thai '89

Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters sit on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopters are assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

An 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit AAVP6A1 amphibious assault vehicle rolls down the road during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

An 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit AAVP6A1 amphibious assault vehicle moves through the surf back to its mother ship during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

A Marine of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, an M16A2 rifle on his back, prepares to monitor the unloading of air cushion landing craft LCAC13 during the initial assault phase of the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

A member of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) pauses near a group of Thai civilians to talk on an AN/PRC-77 field radio during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter flies over members of the local population and members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary unit working their way inland during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

Members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) practice rope-descending techniques from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter positioned at the edge of the stern elevator of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) man a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher mounted atop an M-998 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) parked in a village near Pattaya Beach during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter flies over the gulf after taking off from the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint Exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

An 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) tows a second AAVinto the surf near Pattaya Beach during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

An AH-1W Sea Cobra helicopter armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, foreground, and several CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters sit on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopters are assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter is prepared for flight aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to , the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A Marine of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit looks out the hatch of his AAVP6A1 amphibious assault vehicle during the initial assault phase of the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

Villagers watch 11th Marine Expeditionary AAVP6A1 amphibious assault vehicles come through on a dirt road during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

Members of the flight crew of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter look over the helicopter's main rotor blades as part of a preflight check aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to , the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A Navy ordnance officer checks over an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile mounted on an AH-1W Sea Cobra helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit practice rope descent aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

A member of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) runs past two other Marines manning a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher mounted atop an M-998 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

A flight deck director aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) guides in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare for an equipment inspection aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

An AH-1W Sea Cobra helicopter armed with two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, foreground, and several CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters sit on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopters are assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

On the shoreline near Pattaya Beach, Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) prepare to move their LAV-25 light armored vehicles off of the air cushion landing craft LCAC-2 during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

Surf breaks over an 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle as a Newport class tank landing ship waits further off shore during the initial assault phase of the joint Thai/U.S. exercise Thalay Thai '89

A flight deck director aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) guides in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during the combined Thai/U.S. joint Exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Members of the flight crew of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter look over the helicopter's main rotor blades as part of a preflight check aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to , the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Flight deck personnel assist the crew of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter being readied for flight aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to , the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Two Marines assigned to the combat cargo office aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) wait to carry a pallet of small arms ammunition onto a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during the combined Thai/U.S. joint Exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) practice rope-descending techniques from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter positioned at the edge of the stern elevator of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th MEU. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter flies over the gulf after taking off from the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise THALAY THAI '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A sailor stands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) near an AH-1W Sea Cobra helicopter armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

An aerial view of a vehicle park at the First Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF) base camp during Operation Desert Shield.

An aerial view of a vehicle park, foreground, and billeting area at the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) base camp during Operation Desert Shield.

An aerial view of a billeting area at the First Marine Expeditionary Force (1MEF) base camp during Operation Desert Shield.

MGEN Royal N. Moore Jr., Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing/Deputy Commander, 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force, presents a commemorative plaque aboard the guided missile frigate USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG-48) during a ceremony at which the vessel is being dedicated to GEN Alexander A. Vandegrift, Medal of Honor recipient and 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps

Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett III walks between the Commander of Amphibious Squadron 4 (PHIBRON 4), left, and the commanding officer of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) after his arrival during Fleet Ex 1-90

Photographers take pictures as members of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force come ashore in the air-cushioned landing craft LCAC-6 during Cobra Gold '90, a combined Thai/U.S. exercise

Members of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force come ashore in AAVP-7A1 tracked amphibious vehicles during Cobra Gold '90, a combined Thai/U.S. exercise

Members of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force come ashore in AAVP-7A1 tracked amphibious vehicles during Cobra Gold '90, a combined Thai/U.S. exercise

A member of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force communicates with his unit as they prepare to secure a beach during Cobra Gold '90, a combined Thai/U.S. exercise

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are led to a helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) file aboard a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) file aboard a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) practice body-search techniques on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) in preparation for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) gather in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) for a briefing on the situation in Monrovia, Liberia, and the rules of engagement governing their mission once ashore. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia for Operation Sharp Edge

A Marine of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares to fire his M-249 squad automatic weapons from the stern of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during weapons training held prior Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to fire their M-249 squad automatic weapons from the stern of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during weapons training held prior Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to fire their M-249 squad automatic weapons from the stern of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during weapons training held prior Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

An infantry platoon from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) marches along a road beside the beach during the combined Thai/U.S. exercise Cobra Gold '90

Officers of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) gather in the MEU commander's office aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) for a briefing on the situation in and around Monrovia, Liberia. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia for Operation Sharp Edge

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) gather in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) for a briefing on the situation in and around Monrovia, Liberia, and the rules of engagement governing their mission once ashore. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia for Operation Sharp Edge

Officers of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) gather in the MEU commander's office aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) for a briefing on the situation in and around Monrovia, Liberia. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia for Operation Sharp Edge

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are led to a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) board a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are led to a helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

A Marine of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) adjusts one of the M-60E3 machine guns set up on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) for weapons training prior to Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) lifts off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines working for the Combat Cargo Office aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) carry baggage aboard a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Two CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) depart the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A Marine standing in the back of a truck aboard a landing craft looks toward the open well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) check their equipment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) while waiting to board a helicopter during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

The utility landing craft LCU-1653 heads for shore with a load of light armored vehicles (LAVs) and other Marine vehicles during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) stand by to board a helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Two CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) fly over an LCM-8 mechanized landing craft during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) pick up their equipment before boarding a helicopter during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) lifts off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) as an AV-8B Harrier aircraft is readied for takeoff during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) departs the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are led aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) stand by to board a helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces