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Marine Corps celebrates 234th birthday

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Col Jeffery Miller, a space planner for the Joint Functional Component Command for Space cuts a cake at a celbration for the Marine Corps' 234th birthday cake Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 here. The Marine Corps is the oldest branch of service in the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Col. Jeffrey Miller, a space planner for the Joint Functional Component Command for Space cuts a cake at a celebration for the Marine Corps' 234th birthday cake Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 here. The Marine Corps was recognized as part of the American military in 1775. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina)