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The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is the maritime land force service branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations through combined arms, implementing its own infantry, armor, artillery, aerial and special operations forces. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States.

The Marine Corps has been part of the U.S. Department of the Navy since 30 June 1834 with its sister service, United States Navy. The USMC operates installations on land and aboard sea-going amphibious warfare ships around the world. Additionally, several of the Marines' tactical aviation squadrons, primarily Marine Fighter Attack squadrons, are also embedded in Navy carrier air wings and operate from the aircraft carriers.

The history of the Marine Corps began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting both at sea and on shore. In the Pacific theater of World War II the Corps took the lead in a massive campaign of amphibious warfare, advancing from island to island. As of 2017, the USMC has around 182,000 active duty members and some 38,500 personnel in reserve.

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I, do acknowledge that I have voluntarily enlisted myself to serve four years in the Marine Corps of the United States, unless sooner discharged, upon the terms mentioned in the Act passed the 11th day of July, 1798 ... I, do solemnly swear, or

I, do acknowledge that I have voluntarily enlisted myself to serve fou...

Attached to copy one. Page Order: Leaflet Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 231, Folder 7.

Headquarters of the Marine corps. Adjutant and Inspector's office. Washington, Orders. [16 orders] A. Henderson, Colonel commandant marine corps. [1840].

Headquarters of the Marine corps. Adjutant and Inspector's office. Was...

Page Order: Leaflet Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 232, Folder 3.

Capt. John Swanson, chaplain of Commander, Naval Forces Japan, Commander, Navy Region Japan; leads a prayer for the remains of three U.S. Sailors and two U.S Marines from Commodore Matthew Perry's squadron who died in Japan during the 1850s.

Capt. John Swanson, chaplain of Commander, Naval Forces Japan, Command...

SHIMODA, Japan (Apr. 13, 2012) Capt. John Swanson, chaplain of Commander, Naval Forces Japan, Commander, Navy Region Japan; leads a prayer for the remains of three U.S. Sailors and two U.S Marines from Commodor... more

The grave of U.S. Sailor John D. Storm located on the grounds of the Gyokusenji Temple.

The grave of U.S. Sailor John D. Storm located on the grounds of the G...

SHIMODA, Japan (Apr. 13, 2012) The grave of U.S. Sailor John D. Storm located on the grounds of the Gyokusenji Temple. The temple served as the first consulate for the United States in Japan when it was opened ... more

[U.S. Marine smoking pipe as drawn by Japanese artist]

[U.S. Marine smoking pipe as drawn by Japanese artist]

Drawing is the last scene on the "American Doll Scroll", depicting Perry's expedition to Japan, 1853. Watercolor by contemporary Japanese artist. Title devised by Library staff.

[Two U.S. Marine officers and two enlisted men, members of Perry's Japanese expedition]

[Two U.S. Marine officers and two enlisted men, members of Perry's Jap...

Drawing is first panel on the scroll "Perry's First Landing at Kurihama, July 8, 1853 ." Watercolor drawing by contemporary Japanese artist. Title devised by Library staff.

[U.S. Marines, led by four musicians, marching in formation toward two officers]

[U.S. Marines, led by four musicians, marching in formation toward two...

Drawing is fourth scene on the "American Doll Scroll", depicting Perry's expedition to Japan, 1853. Watercolor drawing by contemporary Japanese artist. Title devised by Library staff.

The Harper's Ferry insurrection--The U.S. Marines storming the engine house--Insurgents firing through holes in the doors / from a sketch made on the spot by our special artist.

The Harper's Ferry insurrection--The U.S. Marines storming the engine ...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 8, no. 204 (1859 Oct. 29), p. 342.

[Commandant's house at the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks, Washington, D.C.]

[Commandant's house at the U.S. Marine Corps Barracks, Washington, D.C...

Title devised by Library staff. Duplicate in LOT 11800-K1. LC negative number LC-G7-321. Forms part of: James M. Goode Collection (Library of Congress).

Capt. J. Faunce, Revenue Marine

Capt. J. Faunce, Revenue Marine

Annotation from negative, scratched on emulsion: 2134. Credit line: Civil war photographs, 1861-1865, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. General information about Civil war photographs is ava... more

The true peace commissioners

The true peace commissioners

An angered response to false Confederate peace overtures and to the push for reconciliation with the South advanced by the Peace Democrats in 1864. (See also "The Sportsman Upset by the Recoil of His Own Gun," ... more

U.S. Marine Hospital, Rincon Point, San Francisco

U.S. Marine Hospital, Rincon Point, San Francisco

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 388. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco Public Buildings (Schools, Hospitals, etc.). This reco... more

U.S. Marine Hospital and Goat Island - From Steamboat Point, San Francisco

U.S. Marine Hospital and Goat Island - From Steamboat Point, San Franc...

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 385. LOT subdivision subject: San Francisco Waterfront. This record contains unverified old data f... more

[John Philip Sousa, 1854-1932, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, with the U. S. Marine Corps band at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco]

[John Philip Sousa, 1854-1932, full-length portrait, standing, facing ...

54121 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: PI; Shelf.

U.S.S. Brooklyn, Marine guard company drill by sections

U.S.S. Brooklyn, Marine guard company drill by sections

Title devised by cataloger. Attribution based on negative D4-20231. "Dup" and "3" on negative. Detroit Publishing Co. no. 020232. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

U.S. battleship "Indiana" /

U.S. battleship "Indiana" /

From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken at the Dry Tortugas, and shows the most powerful fighting machine in the world to-day as she lies at anchor taking on coal. The decks are covered with marines and sa... more

China -  Peking. American Legation

China - Peking. American Legation

Photograph shows U.S. Marines in formation on the grounds of the U.S. Legation, Beijing, China. Title from item. Forms part of: Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection (Library of Congress).