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29 Dec 1967, Da Nang, South Vietnam --- A wounded U.S. Marine is given first aid as smoke from an exploding shell billows in the background after the Marines were ambushed by Viet Cong in a cemetery 20 miles south of here Dec. 28.

The eyes of Marines before, during and after Afghanistan. Photographed by Dutch photographer Claire Felicie

Clifton B. Cates, Verdun, April 1918 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr. Photograph of future Commandant of the Marine Corps Clifton B. Cates in World War I. The inscription on the photograph reads: "Taken at Verdun Apr 1918". From the collection of Clifton B. Cates/COLL3157, United States Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections

March 3, 1969, A Shau Valley, South Vietnam - U.S. Marines give plasma to a wounded Marine struck down during fighting along South Vietnam's border with Laos. American troops located an unusually large store of enemy weapons during a raid along the border.

A U.S. Marine Navajo Code Talker, 67 years after fighting in the Pacific Theater of WW II [639 x 960]

Code talker Leslie Hemstreet, Okinawa, 1945 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr

1st Native American Woman Marine, Minnie Spotted Wolf of Heart Butte, served from 1943 till 1947.

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 1945 by Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, via Flickr. Lou Lowery's image of Marines replacing the first American flag atop Mount Suribachi with a second flag, made famous by Joe Rosenthal's iconic photograph. From the collection of Lou Lowery (COLL/2575), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections.

1943 - Seabees at Tarawa - an atoll about 2500 mi. west of Hawaii. The Bloody Battle of Tarawa was a victory for the U.S., but a victory with a high cost. Marines lost nearly 3,000. The toll was even higher for the Japanese. Of the 4,700 defenders, only 17 survived.

Marine CPL Kyle Carpenter

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer