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Division Marines celebrate 238 years of tradition

The cake cutting ceremony is one of the oldest Marine Corps Birthday traditions. This three-tier cake was presented at 2nd Marine Division officer and staff noncommissioned officer ball aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 07, 2013.



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This work, Division Marines celebrate 238 years of tradition [Image 2 of 5], by Cpl Michael Dye, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.07.2013

Date Posted:11.12.2013 17:01

Photo ID:1050943

VIRIN:131107-M-CO304-923

Resolution:5760x3840

Size:1.79 MB

Location:CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, USGlobe

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