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** FILE ** Actor Gary Sinise, 58, is named an honorary U.S. Marine by Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps. (Associated Press)

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The outgoing Marine Corps mascot, Sgt. Chesty XIII, right, nuzzles the incoming Marine mascot, Private First Class Chesty XIV, following the Eagle Globe and Anchor pinning ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., April 8, 2013. The English bulldog has been the breed of choice for the Marine mascot since the 1950s, with each being named Chesty in honor of the highly decorated Gen. Lewis "Chesty" Puller. (DoD photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

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**FILE** "Chesty" the Marine Corps mascot is introduced during the evening parade that President Obama is watching at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington on July 24, 2009. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks to with U.S. troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Aug. 7, 2013. The visit to the Marine Corps base is Obama's final stop on a two-day West Coast trip that included the roll-out of his principles for overhauling the nation's mortgage finance industry. (Associated Press)

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Alison Spann receives a scholarship award from Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps.

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The U.S. Marine Corps band celebrates its 215th birthday this week. It is proud of its nickname, "The President's Own." (United States Marine Band)

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