The Absolute Best of US Marine Corps Photography, Part 2
The Absolute Best of US Marine Corps Photography, Part 2
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The Blue Angels, Marine Corps' C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," flies over the Silent Drill Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Oscar L. Olive/Released)

Sgt. Scott Hulsizer (L), a team leader with second platoon, Bravo Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, based in Okinawa, Japan, fires an M136 AT-4 rocket launcher after breaking away from the firing line as part of a weapons training package on the Kaneohe Bay Range Training Facility, March 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)

Sgt. Scott Hulsizer (L), a team leader with second platoon, Bravo Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, based in Okinawa, Japan, fires an M136 AT-4 rocket launcher after breaking away from the firing line as part of a weapons training package on the Kaneohe Bay Range Training Facility, March 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)

Sgt. George Cardenas, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a ladder onto a cargo vessel from a rigid hull inflatable boat off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014. The Marines participated in a visit, board, search and seizure operation as part of Interoperability Maritime Training evaluated by Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise simulated a potential mission the 11th MEU might encounter during their deployment this summer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Released)

Sgt. George Cardenas, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a ladder onto a cargo vessel from a rigid hull inflatable boat off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014. The Marines participated in a visit, board, search and seizure operation as part of Interoperability Maritime Training evaluated by Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise simulated a potential mission the 11th MEU might encounter during their deployment this summer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Released)

Marines assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) enter the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on a Combat Raiding Rubber Craft (CRRC) on Feb. 26, 2014. Bonhomme Richard is lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jerome D. Johnson/Released)

Marines assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) enter the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on a Combat Raiding Rubber Craft (CRRC) on Feb. 26, 2014. Bonhomme Richard is lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jerome D. Johnson/Released)

Rct. Brock Willingham, Platoon 1024, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, responds to his drill instructor as he changes positions on a Confidence Course obstacle Feb. 25, 2014, on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. For this obstacle, recruits had to change positions twice as they slid across a horizontal rope that hovered over a shallow pond. Willingham, a 22-year-old from Augusta, Ga., was scheduled to graduate May 2, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis/Released)

Rct. Brock Willingham, Platoon 1024, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, responds to his drill instructor as he changes positions on a Confidence Course obstacle Feb. 25, 2014, on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. For this obstacle, recruits had to change positions twice as they slid across a horizontal rope that hovered over a shallow pond. Willingham, a 22-year-old from Augusta, Ga., was scheduled to graduate May 2, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis/Released)

A CH-53 from VMM-163 reinforced supports the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force during visit, board, search and seizure training off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014. Both units were training for the 11th MEU's deployment later that summer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Joshua Diddams/Released)

A CH-53 from VMM-163 reinforced supports the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force during visit, board, search and seizure training off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014. Both units were training for the 11th MEU's deployment later that summer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt. Joshua Diddams/Released)

U.S. Marines and sailors and soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force toast at the closing ceremony for Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

U.S. Marines and sailors and soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force toast at the closing ceremony for Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Recruits of Platoon 1022, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, stand in formation during their initial drill evaluation on Feb. 10, 2014, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. During the evaluation, recruits performed a series of precision drill movements and could only move when ordered. The platoons will be evaluated again a week before graduation. Charlie Company was scheduled to graduate on April 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis/Released)

Recruits of Platoon 1022, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, stand in formation during their initial drill evaluation on Feb. 10, 2014, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. During the evaluation, recruits performed a series of precision drill movements and could only move when ordered. The platoons will be evaluated again a week before graduation. Charlie Company was scheduled to graduate on April 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis/Released)

Royal Thai and U.S. Armed Forces jump out of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during a combined strategic air drop demonstration during Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 in Lop Buri, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 15, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg/Released)

Royal Thai and U.S. Armed Forces jump out of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during a combined strategic air drop demonstration during Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 in Lop Buri, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 15, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg/Released)

A Marine from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides cover fire during a platoon assault exercise at Arta Range, Djibouti, Feb. 10, 2014. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas/Released)

A Marine from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides cover fire during a platoon assault exercise at Arta Range, Djibouti, Feb. 10, 2014. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas/Released)

Pfc. Cristian Mejia, javelin gunner, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Raleigh, N.C., shoots a javelin missile during a live-fire exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 26, 2014. Bravo Co. is dedicated to helicopter operations during their upcoming combat deployment to Afghanistan. The Marines were transported to the range by CH-46 sea knight and CH-53E super sea stallion helicopters. After they landed, the Marines maneuvered through a simulated urban environment with shock-absorbent walls. This allowed for them to engage in realistic live-fire training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan / released)

Pfc. Cristian Mejia, javelin gunner, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and a native of Raleigh, N.C., shoots a javelin missile during a live-fire exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 26, 2014. Bravo Co. is dedicated to helicopter operations during their upcoming combat deployment to Afghanistan. The Marines were transported to the range by CH-46 sea knight and CH-53E super sea stallion helicopters. After they landed, the Marines maneuvered through a simulated urban environment with shock-absorbent walls. This allowed for them to engage in realistic live-fire training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan / released)

A naval aviator with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 flies above North Carolina during aerial refueling training with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, April 14, 2015. The nearly 33,000 pound aircraft is capable of short takeoff/vertical landing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Unique Roberts/Released)

A naval aviator with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 flies above North Carolina during aerial refueling training with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, April 14, 2015. The nearly 33,000 pound aircraft is capable of short takeoff/vertical landing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Unique Roberts/Released)

A Marine scout sniper candidate with Scout Sniper Platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment looks through the scope of his rifle during a stalking exercise in the vicinity of SR-10 aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina., on April 22, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Long/Released)

A Marine scout sniper candidate with Scout Sniper Platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment looks through the scope of his rifle during a stalking exercise in the vicinity of SR-10 aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina., on April 22, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Long/Released)

Philippine Marines train with U.S. Marines attached to the III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Installations Pacific during a fast-rope exercise Jan. 22, 2015, at Basa Air Field. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)

Philippine Marines train with U.S. Marines attached to the III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Installations Pacific during a fast-rope exercise Jan. 22, 2015, at Basa Air Field. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan C. Mains/Released)

Lance Cpl. Curtis E. Sledge, a machine gunner assigned to Weapons Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, relaxes on a rock wall prior to participating in a night raid aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows , April 17, 2015. The training was in preparation for Operation Lava Viper. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson/Released)

Lance Cpl. Curtis E. Sledge, a machine gunner assigned to Weapons Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, relaxes on a rock wall prior to participating in a night raid aboard Marine Corps Training Area Bellows , April 17, 2015. The training was in preparation for Operation Lava Viper. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson/Released)

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Defile applies camouflage during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 10, 2015. Defile is a scout with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released)

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Defile applies camouflage during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 10, 2015. Defile is a scout with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released)

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, participate in a heavy helo raid during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15 at K-9 Village, Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, April 8, 2015. The exercise is part of a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg/Released)

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, participate in a heavy helo raid during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15 at K-9 Village, Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, April 8, 2015. The exercise is part of a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Staff Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg/Released)

An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 22, prepares to take off while on top of a mountain during a flight aboard Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 2, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andy J. Orozco/Released)

An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 22, prepares to take off while on top of a mountain during a flight aboard Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 2, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andy J. Orozco/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) break down a rapid ground refueling during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) near 29 Palms, Calif., March 27, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel D. Kujanpaa/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) break down a rapid ground refueling during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) near 29 Palms, Calif., March 27, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel D. Kujanpaa/Released)

Pfc. Zach C. Hagestad crosses a single-rope bridge at the 1st Republic of Korea Marine Division Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, South Korea, March 19, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Drew Tech/Released)

Pfc. Zach C. Hagestad crosses a single-rope bridge at the 1st Republic of Korea Marine Division Mountain Warfare Training Center in Pohang, South Korea, March 19, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Drew Tech/Released)

Marine Lance Cpl. Griffin Forrester stands his post in his fighting hole during a beach raid aboard Camp Pendleton, California, March 6, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Marine Lance Cpl. Griffin Forrester stands his post in his fighting hole during a beach raid aboard Camp Pendleton, California, March 6, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, scrub the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Feb. 8, 2015. The 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed in support of maritime and theater security operations in the U.S. 7th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Evan R. White/Released)

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, scrub the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Feb. 8, 2015. The 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed in support of maritime and theater security operations in the U.S. 7th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Evan R. White/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to mortar section, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3), fire the M224 60 mm mortar system during various courses of fire at Range 106 aboard Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to mortar section, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3), fire the M224 60 mm mortar system during various courses of fire at Range 106 aboard Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)

A U.S. Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force practices breaching techniques during maritime interoperability training in San Diego Bay Jan. 10, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released)

A U.S. Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force practices breaching techniques during maritime interoperability training in San Diego Bay Jan. 10, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry/Released)

Gunnery Sgt. Michael Woods, electronic key management system manager with Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MWCS) 38, shoots an M16A4 rifle on Range 109 during Back in the Saddle training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2015. Marines practiced marksmanship skills all while in full combat gear including Kevlar and flak jacket. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Raquel Barraza/Released)

Gunnery Sgt. Michael Woods, electronic key management system manager with Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MWCS) 38, shoots an M16A4 rifle on Range 109 during Back in the Saddle training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2015. Marines practiced marksmanship skills all while in full combat gear including Kevlar and flak jacket. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Raquel Barraza/Released)

Lance Cpl. Eleanor H. Roper (right), a Monroe, Wis., native and field radio operator with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, pulls a Marine Corps Cold Weather Infantry Kit, or MCCWIK sled up a slope during a field exercise aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie/Released)

Lance Cpl. Eleanor H. Roper (right), a Monroe, Wis., native and field radio operator with Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, pulls a Marine Corps Cold Weather Infantry Kit, or MCCWIK sled up a slope during a field exercise aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie/Released)

Marines with Alpha Battery, 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion point out names at the Onslow County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Jacksonville, N.C., Dec. 18, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Neysa Huertas Quinone/Released)

Marines with Alpha Battery, 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion point out names at the Onslow County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Jacksonville, N.C., Dec. 18, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Neysa Huertas Quinone/Released)

Col. Matthew G. Trollinger, commanding officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), signals for an AV-8B Harrier to launch off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/Released)

Col. Matthew G. Trollinger, commanding officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), signals for an AV-8B Harrier to launch off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/Released)

Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force returned to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 6, 2014. HMLA-467 was part of the last Marines to be deployed to the Helmand province of Afghanistan in support of OEF with the purpose of providing close-air support to the Marines operating on the ground. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Olivia McDonald/ Released)

Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force returned to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 6, 2014. HMLA-467 was part of the last Marines to be deployed to the Helmand province of Afghanistan in support of OEF with the purpose of providing close-air support to the Marines operating on the ground. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Olivia McDonald/ Released)

Drill Instructor Sgt. Daniel Anderson motivates recruits during physical training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on December 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released)

Drill Instructor Sgt. Daniel Anderson motivates recruits during physical training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on December 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released)

Marines with India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to receive a fire mission during MEU Exercise 14 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps HDR photo by Sgt. Jamean R. Berry/Released)

Marines with India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to receive a fire mission during MEU Exercise 14 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps HDR photo by Sgt. Jamean R. Berry/Released)

Marines attempt to break through a wall of Bulgarian and Serbian soldiers during the riot control course of Platinum Wolf 15 at South Base, Serbia Nov. 19, 2014. Platinum Wolf is a peacekeeping operations training exercise focused on non-lethal systems and basic infantry skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Derrick Irions)

Marines attempt to break through a wall of Bulgarian and Serbian soldiers during the riot control course of Platinum Wolf 15 at South Base, Serbia Nov. 19, 2014. Platinum Wolf is a peacekeeping operations training exercise focused on non-lethal systems and basic infantry skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Derrick Irions)

A combat engineer with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 maneuvers through a close quarters combat firing exercise at the Western Barry M. Goldwater Range near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., June 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Zachary Scanlan/Released)

A combat engineer with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 maneuvers through a close quarters combat firing exercise at the Western Barry M. Goldwater Range near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., June 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Zachary Scanlan/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel G. Dillender, airframes mechanic with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, Marine Aircraft Group  11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), is reunited with his wife, Angelica Dillender, and their dog Bella at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif., March 20, 2014. Dillender was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo, 3rd MAW Combat Camera/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel G. Dillender, airframes mechanic with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), is reunited with his wife, Angelica Dillender, and their dog Bella at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif., March 20, 2014. Dillender was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo, 3rd MAW Combat Camera/Released)

Here is part two of our selection of works of U.S. Marine Corps photographers. Even though most of the photos capture training rather than actual combat, there’s still plenty of action—it’s Marine training after all.

On land, at sea, and in the air, here are some of the fascinating moments caught on camera. Hard to say if this makes one want to join the Marines or rather think twice before even considering it.

About Marines

U.S. Marines were first established during the War of Independence though only two battalions of them. Over time, they’ve been involved, to a greater or lesser extent, in virtually every major armed conflict in American history.

For example, during the Spanish-American War at the turn of the last century, it was the Marines who seized a naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1898 and haven’t left since.

During the World War I, Marines gained reputation for their ferocity thanks to a far-sighted leadership. Expecting Japanese aggression, that Marines developed sophisticated amphibious combat techniques that became incredibly valuable during World War II, when the Marine Corps bore the main burden of the Pacific War. Little known is the fact that it was the Marine Corps, the so-called “China Marines,” who oversaw the surrender of Japan to China in 1945.

Almost 20,000 Marines laid down their lives in WWII.

The Marine were deployed in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, and fought in the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and continue to be engaged in the War on Terrorism. Today, almost 200,000 men and women serve in active duty and 40,000 more are in reserve. On Nov. 10, 2015, Marines will celebrate their 240th birthday.

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