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As a US Marine Corps JROTC cadet, and as an aspiring Marine hopeful, I make this page in honor of not just the Corps, but of all the men and women currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, and all former soldiers both dead and alive. They are the guardian angels of the United States of America. God Bless them all.

This painting resembles the Battle of Chapultepec, a battle fought between the US Marine Corps and Mexican regulars. 130 Marines were killed in the battle, with 703 others wounded and 29 missing. Mexican losses in the battle were over 1,800 killed or wounded and 823 captured. The battle ended when the commander of the Mexican defenders, General Nicolás Bravo, was captured by the Marines and his forces retreated.

The proud man you see above is none other than the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Michael W. Hagee. A veteran of Vietnam, General Hagee commanded US Marines and has won many notable awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. He began his service as CMC in the year 2003.

This painting resembles the Battle of Belleau Wood, the bloodiest and most ferocious battle fought by US forces in World War I. The battle was fought between June 1 and June 26 of 1918. 9,777 Allied soldiers were killed in this battle, including US Marines as well as elements of the French 6th Army and the British IX Corps. Also in this battle, Marine Captain Lloyd Williams uttered his famous retort to retreating French forces who repeatedly urged the Marines to turn back. His retort was "Retreat, hell. We just got here.". Another famous phrase was spoken by the legendary Marine Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, one of only two Marines to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor. The phrase spoken by him was meant to motivate his platoon of pinned down Marines. The phrase: "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?". After the opposing German forces were defeated, the French renamed the wood "Bois de la Brigade de Marine" ("Wood of the Marine Brigade"). One more reason this battle is so famous is it happens to be the battle in which the Marines gained their nickname "Teufelshunde" (often misspelled "Teufel Hunden"), or Devil Dogs in German. The Germans themselves gave the Marines this nickname, due to their ferocity when assaulting the German lines.

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World War II. US Marines are resting in an field on Guadalcanal in the first offensive against the Empire of Japan by the Allies. After the Japanese were defeated in the Battle of Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway, the momentum in the Pacific shifted to the Allies. Led by the Marines, an Allied force of 29,000 men landed on Guadalcanal as well as a number of other islands on August 7, 1942. Their mission was to secure an airfield under construction by the Japanese and hold the island against any Japanese counterattack. When the island had been secured and the Japanese kicked off the island, 1,768 Allied solders (most of them Marines), 4,911 sailors, and 420 aircrew had been killed.
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Iwo Jima. In this historic battle, the Marines saw their heaviest losses of the war. About a third of all US Marines killed in World War II were killed on this island. The primary reason for the Battle of Iwo Jima was again to secure a Japanese airfield to ensure the safety of US B-29 Bombers as they made their strikes against targets in mainland Japan. It would also provide as a landing site for the bombers when damaged or low on fuel. This is obviously also the battle in which the famous photo by Joe Rosenthal, "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" was taken. 6,821 US Marines were killed in this battle, with more than 20,000 others wounded.
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Okinawa. This battle was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific campaign of World War II, as well as the largest sea-land-air battle in history. The purpose of this battle was to gain control of a suitable base from which they would be able to launch "Operation Downfall", the planned invasion of Japan that never was. This battle is famous for the Japanese use of their "kamikaze" suicide attacks, in which a pilot would intentionally drive his plane into an enemy naval ship at top speed causing serious damage and perhaps dooming the ship and it's crew to a watery grave. These attacks led to the United States Pacific Fleet's worst losses of the war with 38 ships sunk. The total human losses for the Allies were 12,500 dead, many of them sailors.

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