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Marines are uniquely identified not by their race or gender, but by their common fighting spirit.

There is no WWII imagery more iconic than Marines raising the flag over the island of Iwo Jima after 36 days of battle. Marines landed on the island in February 1945 and were met by approximately 23,000 Japanese troops. Despite the intricate tactics of the enemy, Marines demonstrated the true meaning of the fighting spirit and defeated the enemy after a long and arduous fight.

Not all adversaries are fought on the battlefield. After a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan in 2011, Marines with Operation Tomodachi fought to provide order during chaos and deliver over 160K pounds of life-saving supplies to those in dire need.

Sound off, Marines: What are you fighting for? Leave a comment below about the battles you've fought and won to earn our title.

Marines with Air-Ground Task Force-8 train to defeat the enemy by engaging targets while conducting a live-fire exercise during ITX 5-17. See our story to learn more about ITX.

Swipe to see more. Aspiring Marine Raiders and Air Force Special Tactics Officers trained together at Camp Lejeune, N.C. This marked the first time another service took part in any of the Marine Raider trainings, and represents efforts to build joint mindsets and increase collaboration to win our nation's battles.
Photos by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy.

“The fighting spirit helps me approach challenges knowing that you can never give up. You always have to give 100%.” —Captain Salahudin Ali

Swipe for more images of Jungle Warfare Training. Marines conduct a patrol at Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan. The unit patrols through the woods, conducts medical evacuations and assaults enemy villages. The training prepares them for deployment to Thailand and the Philipines.
Photos by Lance Cpl Joshua Pinkney.

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From Inchon to Chosin, Marines fought with strength and courage until the Korean War was done. #OTD

Amphibious warfare capabilities—as well as ground combat, aviation and service elements—were introduced to the Corps through the enacting of the National Security Act of 1947. #OTD

In Norway, Marines participate in training exercises to improve their ability to win our nation's battles in the Arctic cold. The collaborative efforts allow Marines to develop the skills necessary to fight in any "clime and place" as well as strengthen partnerships with NATO allies.

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