November 10, 2011, marks the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

The pictures below feature USMC birthday celebrations through the years.

 

In the midst of Korean fighting, bakers of First Marine Regiment turned out an elaborate 100-pound cake for Marine Corps birthday on Nov. 10, 1950. Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller delighted his men by slicing it up with captured North Korean sabre after reading traditional message of rededication to service of the United States. Moments later, the Marines were on their way to battle once more. Photo Credit: Cpl Wolfe. Caption credit: Defense Imagery.

COL S.F. Shea, commanding officer, center, cuts the cake with the aid of the oldest and youngest sailor aboard the air station during the 206th Marine Corps birthday ball. Photo credit: SGT D.C. Deans. Caption credit: Defense Imagery.

The first black woman Marine, Annie E. (Graham) Gilliard (foreground) and the first black woman Marine officer, Chief Warrant Officer Annie L. Grimes, are the guests of honor at the Monfort Point Marine Association (MPMA) Marine Corps birthday ball, 11/10/84. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Lavalle. Caption credit: Defense Imagery.

Two Marines watch over a Marine Corps Birthday cake prior to a cake-cutting ceremony in front of Lejeune Hall. Photo credit: Cpl. McCormick. Caption credit: Defense Imagery.

U.S. Marine Corps Marines raise the flag during a simulated Iwo Jima ceremony, celebrating the Marine Corps birthday at the Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C. on November 10, 2004. Photo credit: Corporal Alicia M. Garcia. Caption credit: Defense Imagery.

A U.S. Marine sounds Taps during a wreath laying ceremony at the Marine Corps Memorial in honor of the 234th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps. Photo credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin O'Brien. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

Combat Logistics Regiment 27 (Forward)'s color guard, flanked by two company formations, stand at the position of parade rest as they listen to a motivational speech given by Col. Vincent A. Coglianese, the commanding officer of CLR-27 (Fwd), during the Marine Corps birthday cake-cutting ceremony aboard Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq, Nov. 10, 2009. Following the ceremony the Marines gathered to enjoy refreshments and camaraderie that Marines are known for. Photo credit: Cpl. Melissa Latty. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band plays the national anthem Nov. 1 morning as the Grand Old Flag is raised in front of the Gen. Christian F. Schilt headquarters building. As the 236th Marine Corps birthday approaches, 2nd MAW took a moment to remember those Marines who came before them during the daily duty of raising the colors they serve to protect. After the flag raising, Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis, 2nd MAW commanding general, thanked his Marines for their good work, stating the wing’s readiness statistics have improved greatly over the last year. Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

Second Lt. Rothana L. Um reads Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune’s birthday message at 9th Engineer Support Battalion’s Marine Corps birthday ball at The Palms Club on Camp Hansen Oct. 28. Um is the adjutant for 9th ESB, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Lejeune was the 13th commandant of the Marine Corps. Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Erik Brooks. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

Marines dressed in traditional World War I Marine Corps uniforms perform at the Marine Corps birthday pageant at Kainalu Elementary School, Nov. 8. This is the first year the Hawaii Marines showcased their annual birthday pageant for their neighbors in Kailua. The annual pageant represents the Marine Corps' history beginning with the Revolutionary War and ending with the present day Marine. This year the Marine Corps will celebrate its 236th birthday on Nov. 10. Photo credit: Kristen Wong. Caption credit.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos cuts the Marine Corps birthday cake during the cake cutting ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington Nov. 8. A sword is used to cut the cake to remind Marines that they are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword so that the nation may live in peace. Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers/ Caption credit: USMC.

Col. Frank A. Richie, center, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, cuts the first slice of Marine Corps birthday cake as the air station and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing celebrated the Marine Corps’ 236th birthday aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., Nov. 9. According to tradition, the guest of honor takes the first slice, then the oldest Marine present shares a slice with the youngest Marine present. The Marine Corps has celebrated its "birthday" since its inception, Nov. 10, 1775. Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Erica Disalvo. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

Lt. Col. Richard J. Bordonaro, Instructor Inspector, 6th Communications Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve, and Sgt. Maj. George S. Sanchez salutes the grave site of the third Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Franklin Wharton, Nov. 10. The Marines of 6th Communications Battalion placed a wreath at his headstone overlooking the busy streets of New York. Wharton served from 1798 to 1818. He was the first Commandant to occupy the Commandant's House, Marine Barracks, Washington. He was born in Philadelphia, and now rests at Trinity Church a few blocks away from Wall Street in Manhattan.  Photo credit:  Sgt. Randall Clinton. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

Lt. Col. Richard J. Bordonaro, Instructor Inspector, 6th Communications Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve, and Sgt. Maj. George S. Sanchez salutes the grave site of the third Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Franklin Wharton, Nov. 10. The Marines of 6th Communications Battalion placed a wreath at his headstone overlooking the busy streets of New York. Wharton served from 1798 to 1818. He was the first Commandant to occupy the Commandant's House, Marine Barracks, Washington. He was born in Philadelphia, and now rests at Trinity Church a few blocks away from Wall Street in Manhattan. Photo credit: Sgt. Randall Clinton. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

More than 4,000 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marines run on the streets of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point singing motivational cadences to celebrate the birth of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10. Photo credit: Cpl. Rashaun X. James. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

At the grave for U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Daniel Carmick, Sgt. Joesph Kratzke, Marine Forces Reserve Band, plays Taps during a wreath laying ceremony in honor of Carmick. Photo credit: Sgt. Alvin D. Parson Jr. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

The family of Maj. Gen. Ben H. Fuller, 15th commandant of the Marine Corps, look on as Maj. Sarah Armstrong, deputy director of Distance Learning Technology Division for the Marine Corps Institute at Marine Barracks Washington, and Lance Cpl. Leo Torres, Marine Corps body bearer, salute while ‘Taps’ is played during a wreath-laying ceremony at Fuller’s gravesite in Annapolis, Md., Nov. 10, 2011. Photo credit: Cpl. Jeremy Ware. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, shakes hands with fellow Marines and poses for a photo after the Marine Corps birthday cake cutting ceremony at ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 10, 2011. Before wishing his fellow Marines a happy 236th birthday, Allen presided over the cake cutting and then presented slices to the oldest and youngest Marines present. After the ceremony, the ISAF Commander visited with fellow Marines. Photo credit: Sgt. April Campbell. Caption credit: Defense Imagery.

Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor for the Martial Arts Center of Excellence, Instructor Battalion, stands at attention, as Justin Timberlake has his hand over his heart while the national anthem is played during the opening ceremonies at the Instructor Battalion Marine Corps Ball Va., on Nov. 12. The Marine Corps has been America's premier fighting force for 236 years. Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos. Caption credit: DVIDSHUB.

Sgt. Scott Moore and his guest, actress Mila Kunis attend the 236th Marine Corps birthday ball for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division in Greenville, N.C., Nov. 18, 2011. Photo credit: Lance Cpl Johnny Merkley.

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