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. Battles are won within by those with a fighting spirit.The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) is the official emblem of the United States Marine Corps.
Marine are some of the most recognizable images in the country.The fouled anchor still forms a part of the emblem today. In 1834, it was prescribed that a brass eagle be worn on the hat, the eagle to measure 3 ½ inches from wingtip to wingtip.During the early years numerous distinguishing marks were prescribed, including "black cockades," "scarlet plumes," and "yellow bands and tassels." In 1859 the origin of the present color scheme for the officer's dress uniform ornaments appeared on an elaborate device of solid white metal and yellow metal.The inspiration that led to the adoption of the English bulldog as the official Marine Corps mascot came from World War I-era German soldiers.Legend has it that the Marines were referred to as teufel-hunden, (devil-dogs), the vicious, wild mountain dogs of Bavarian folklore, because of the Marines relentless method of attack that turned the tide as the German Army approached Paris.In June 1918, the Marines repeatedly repulsed the Germans in Belleau Wood, ending the offensive to take the city.Soon afterward, a Marine recruiting poster painted by artist Charles B.The enlisted insignia is made of gold-colored metal for dress and is non-glossy black for service insignia.: Current enlisted service insignia Eagle-eyed observers will also note that the officer and enlisted insignia have different levels of geographic detail. For decades, official mascots were called Smedley to honor their first inducting sponsor, Gen. 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.