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U.S. Marine Corps

Marine Corps Seal The Marine Corps serves as the aggressive tip of the U.S. military spear, with a reputation for prowess in combat. It is a smaller, more dynamic force than any other in the American arsenal, and the only forward-deployed force designed for expeditionary operations by air, land or sea. The Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, or "Semper Fi," meaning "Always Faithful," describes the Marines' commitment to each other, the organization and our country.

The U.S. Marines have defended and fought for the American people since before the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. Congress authorized two battalions of Marines on November 10, 1775, the official birth of the Marine Corps. Its force is rich in history and traditions, upholding three core values that are the soul of its institution: honor, courage and commitment.

— from the website www.usmc.mil.



The Marines Hymn

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We will fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job --
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.



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