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Marine Corps

Marine Corps

What is the Marine Corps?

The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States.  Since 30 June 1834, the Marine Corps has been part of the U.S. Department of the Navy with its sister service, the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) operates installations on land and aboard sea-going amphibious warfare ships around the world.  They act as the premier crisis response force. The Marines are an elite fighting force with the courage to engage in every battle—and the will to win.

Marine Corp History

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 onshore. Marines have participated in all wars of the United States, being in most instances first, or among the first, to fight. In addition, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores and served in every major U.S. naval action since 1775. In naval formations, Marines have the privilege of forming on the right of line or at the head of the column, the traditional places of honor and seniority.

What is the Marine Corp Emblem?


The basic design of the Marine Corps emblem was officially adopted in 1868. Prior to 1868, the Marines wore various emblems based mainly on the spread eagle and fouled anchor. In 1868, the seventh Commandant, General Zeilin, decided on the single, distinctive emblem we know today.

The Marine Corps emblem (as was recommended by the 1868 board) consists of a globe (showing the continents of the Western Hemisphere) intersected by a fouled anchor and surmounted by a spread eagle. On the emblem itself, there is a ribbon, clasped in the eagle’s beak, bearing the Latin motto “Semper Fidelis

Latin for “Always Faithful,” Semper Fidelis is the motto of every Marine. Established in 1883, this motto distinguishes the bond developed and shared between Marines. It goes beyond words that are spoken, as it is a warriorhood that is lived.

What are the official colors of the US Marine Corps?

The official colors of the Corps are scarlet and gold, but forest green enjoys semi-official recognition.

Why are Marines referred to as “Leathernecks”?

The distinctive dress-blue uniform of Marines, with its standing collar, is well known. The traditional nickname for Marines of “leathernecks” originates from the tall leather neckpiece of the 18th- and 19th-century uniform.

Marine Corps Fundraising

The Marine Corps units raise money for events like the USMC Birthday Ball, Mess Nights, and unit pride swag.  When you need to fundraise, you know that you need quality items that are both unique and meet your budget. We can do that for you! 

Our Sparta team will work with you to design some amazing coins, drinkware, lapel pins, ornaments, tee shirts, and more. If you have something in mind and you don’t see it, we’ll do everything we can to find you the perfect items! 

The right products can be a great conversation starter, promote unit pride, and might be more affordable than you may think.  Get your soldiers what they want.  Check out our fundraising flyer for just a small selection of what we can do for you!