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Business Insider: 32 powerful pictures of the US Marines through history

The Marine Corps has served a role in every conflict in the history of the United States.

That is because the Marines operate on sea, air, and land — unlike the other services — and can respond to a crisis in under 24 hours with the full force of a modern military.

Earlier this week President Barack Obama nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second Marine to ever hold the highest leadership position in the armed services.

Today there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines. We have pulled some of the coolest photos from the Marine Corps archives.

WNU Editor: There is a lot of history in each of those photos.

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