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U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), seal
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U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), seal

The Marine Corps Seal, designed by the Marine Corps Uniform Board in accordance with instructions of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, then General Lemuel G. Shepherd, Jr., was adopted by Presidential Executive Order 10538 of 22 June 1954.

The traditional Marine Corps emblem - eagle, globe and foul anchor - forms the basic device of the Seal. Of these three, the eagle and the foul anchor are the most venerable, dating from 1800 when they first appeared on the Marine uniform button - a button which has remained to this day virtually unchanged from its original form. Influenced strongly by the design of the emblem of the British Royal Marines depicting as their domain the Eastern hemisphere, the U.S. Marines adopted in 1868 as their emblem a globe showing the Western hemisphere. To this was added the spread eagle and foul anchor from the button. Twelve years later the motto, "Semper Fidelis," completed the design.

The scarlet and gold surrounding the emblem are the official Marine Corps colors. These in turn are enclosed by Navy blue and gold signifying the Marine Corps as an integral part of the naval team.

/ USMC Public Affairs

U.S. Marine Corps, flag
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U.S. Marine Corps, flag

The official flag is scarlet with the Corps emblem in gray and gold. It was adopted on January 18, 1939, although Marine Corps Order 4 had established scarlet and gold and the official colors of the Corps as early as 1925. The indoor/parade version is bordered by a gold fringe while the outdoor version is plain. It measures 55 inches (140 cm) on the hoist and 62 inches (160 cm) on the fly. In addition to the multi-colored battle streamers (measuring 3 feet (0.91 m) by 23/4 inches (7.0 cm) wide) affixed to the top of the staff, the staff itself is covered with sterling silver bands engraved with the names of conflicts in which the Corps has been engaged.


U.S. Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), flag
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U.S. Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), flag

U.S. Marine Corps, enlisted rank insignia
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U.S. Marine Corps, enlisted rank insignia

U.S. Marine Corps, officer and warrant officer rank insignia U.S. Marine Corps, officer and warrant officer rank insignia

U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Corrections, officer badge U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Corrections, officer badge

U.S. Marine Corps Military Police, officer badge
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U.S. Marine Corps Military Police, officer badge

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