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Updated on October 16, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

USMC History

The USMC is one of the proudest and most respected military units of the United States of America. The history of the United States Marine Corp can be traced back over two centuries, 238 years ago. The USMC was first known as the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War. The Continental Marines were formed by Samuel Nicholas by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on November 10th, 1775. This date is special and celebrated today, which is known as the birthdate of the Marine Corps. In 1778, the United States Marine Corp was created and formed.

US Marines were sent to several different battles during the early 1800s. The First Barbary War and the War of 1812 was two of the major operations during this span. In 1834, President Jackson tried to combine the Marines with the Army. Instead, the Marines were named to be a sister of the Navy. In the 1840s-1850s, the Marines were in constant use, performing task in Mexico, Panama, and Asia. By the turn of the 19th century, the Marines once again faced an unknown future with the technological advancements of the Navy.

The USMC played a vital role in World War I and II. Marine techniques and strategy gave us a vital edge in both wars, both coming from the experience of Marine veterans. World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War were very fierce battles. 87,000 Marines lost their life in World War II and 13,091 in Vietnam. When it comes to bravery and courage, every Marine has these qualities. Marines are the most versatile military unit of the United States. Marines have the ability to fight in the air, sea, and on land. God Bless all men and women that have served and currently serve. We are thankful for your service, one that dates back to 1775. You risk it all to protect us all back home and I speak for all of us when I say "thank you for your service." God's speed Marines, Ooh-rah!

USMC Tattoo Designs

USMC tattoo designs can portray a variety of different symbols and elements. USMC tattoos are the type of tattoo that gives you goose bumps, one that makes you proud to be an American. These are some of the most inspirational and meaningful tattoos that exist. USMC tattoos may be chosen by those who serve, their loved ones and friends, or anyone that respects what the Marines represent.

The most prized symbol of the United States Marine Corp is the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor symbol. This emblem represents everything that a Marine represents. The Eagle represents America, the proud nation that the Marines defend. The Globe is a symbol of the Marines' world-wide presence. The anchor denotes the proud naval history of the Marines and their ability to access any coastline in the world. Together, the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor represents the Marines' commitment to defend their country, either by air, land, or see. Eagle, Globe, and Anchor tattoo designs are a common choice for any Marine. This proud symbol was first worn by Marines in 1868, but became the official emblem of the Marines in 1955.

USMC tattoo designs can also depict the symbolic phrase, "Semper Fidelis." Semper Fidelis is Latin for "always faithful," a code that all Marines live by. Semper Fidelis tattoo designs can portray this code in a variety of different lettering fonts. Semper Fidelis can be designed with the American flag, the official emblem, rifles, boots, or helmet. Any symbol or element associated to the Marines and America could be used.

Make sure that you take the time to view all the USMC tattoo designs in this article. This is going to give you a general idea of what to expect when you're browsing through United States Marine Corps tattoo designs. Also, you can get ideas and inspiration for your own. A lot depends on if you're wearing the USMC tattoo as a Marine, loved one of a Marine, a departed Marine, or out of respect for the service of the Marine Corp.

The Marines' Hymn

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By The United States Marines

USMC Tattoo Meaning

USMC tattoo meaning can represent a variety of different things, from America to the code that Marines live by. The USMC tattoo is inked for a variety of different reasons, so USMC tattoo meanings can vary. Remember though, in the end, your USMC tattoo represents what you want it too. Below, you'll find the meaning behind the USMC tattoo.

  • America
  • Courage
  • Family
  • Respect
  • Pride
  • Heritage
  • Navy
  • Marine
  • Commitment
  • Dedication
  • Success

Rifleman's Creed

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…

My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...

Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!


USMC tattoos are different from other tattoos because of what they represent. You've learned what your tattoo represents and stands for. Keep in mind, make sure you go to a tattoo artist that you trust. Ask to see their prior work, if their legit, they'll show their sketches proudly. There's several tattoo artist from around the country that specialize in military tattoos, you may wish to seek one out.

Don't rush to get inked! Take your time and browse through dozens of USMC tattoo designs until you're sure that you have found the one that you won't mind wearing the rest of your life. We're proud to publish this article on USMC tattoos for all Marines, here and gone. God Bless you all and thank you for all your service.


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    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thelyricwriter man these are great tats.. and the USMC must be proud to wear these tats bro

    • ocfireflies profile image

      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Now when I think of tattoos, I think of the ones you describe in this hub.

      As usual, well done my friend. V+++ all the way.

      Blessings to you,


    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome lyric! USMC I know are proud to wear such tattoos indeed!

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper