The fighting spirit of Marines showcased by photos taken by Marines.
Featuring: Matthew Callahan, William Chockey, Jacqueline Clifford, Robert Knapp, Niles Lee, Aaron Patterson, Conner Robbins, Dalton Swanbeck
U.S. Marine Corps
Staff Sgt Bryan Nygaard
The Marine Corps is about fighting and winning battles. That’s who we are and what we do. Imbued in each of us who have earned the title is a unique fighting spirit that manifests as a willingness to engage and determination to defeat an opposing force. These opposing forces come to light as personal battles waged to earn the title of ‘Marine’ in boot camp, where recruits battle self-doubt, fear, exhaustion and weakness. And of course, we fight a range of opposing forces on behalf of our nation, whether they require full-scale assaults, counterinsurgency operations, or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to ensure we win.
Where there are battles to be won, there are Marines winning them. There are also Marines who produce stunning photography that reveals the willingness and determination necessary to win those battles. Marine photojournalists tell the Marine Corps story to the American public, reporting from a frozen reservoir in Korea, in sweltering jungles in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere that battles must be won. Marine photojournalists are, first and foremost, Marines. Like all Marines, they enter the Marine Corps through a rite of passage known as recruit training, or “boot camp.” After claiming the title of ‘Marine,’ they attend Marine Combat Training because every Marine is a rifleman, capable of going into combat at any time. These images are not just the best of Marine Corps photojournalists, it’s the best of Marines, winning the battles they face within and face down with an uncompromising, uncommon fighting spirit.
Founded in 1775, the United States Marine Corps shares its legacy with that of the United States of America. Intrinsically bound, the Marines have fought battles throughout time to defend our constitution, protect our people, and to stabilize the world in times of crisis. The Marine Corps performs two important functions for our nation: we make Marines and we win battles. Marines are trained to improvise, adapt and overcome any obstacle in whatever situation they are needed. They have the willingness to engage and the determination to defeat the enemy until victory is seized. The kinds of battles Marines fight range from traditional warfare to humanitarian and disaster relief missions. The fighting spirit that helps them win these battles extends beyond the scope of their military service, and many Marines continue to serve in the communities where they live.