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U.S. Marine Corps celebrates 242nd birthday

Marines from the Keesler Marine Detachment present the colors during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Marines from the Keesler Marine Detachment present the colors during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Capt. Gary Baxter, Keesler Marine Detachment commanding officer, delivers remarks during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Capt. Gary Baxter, Keesler Marine Detachment commanding officer, delivers remarks during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andres Madera, Keesler Marine Detachment meteorology and oceanography analyst forecaster course officer in charge, reads a birthday message from Gen. John A. Lejeune during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andres Madera, Keesler Marine Detachment meteorology and oceanography analyst forecaster course officer in charge, reads a birthday message from Gen. John A. Lejeune during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Capt. Gary Baxter, Keesler Marine Detachment commanding officer, cuts the birthday cake using a non-commissioned officer sword during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Capt. Gary Baxter, Keesler Marine Detachment commanding officer, cuts the birthday cake using a non-commissioned officer sword during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

First Sgt. Earl DeLack, Keesler Marine Detachment first sergeant, performs a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

First Sgt. Earl DeLack, Keesler Marine Detachment first sergeant, performs a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Marine Corps retired 1st Sgt. Harry O. Blake, Jr., delivers remarks during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Marine Corps retired 1st Sgt. Harry O. Blake, Jr., delivers remarks during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Marine Corps retired 1st Sgt. Harry O. Blake, Jr., delivers remarks during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Marine Corps retired 1st Sgt. Harry O. Blake, Jr., delivers remarks during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Marines from the Keesler Marine Detachment present the colors during the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Golden Nugget Casino Nov. 10, 2017, in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 300 service members and guests attended the Keesler Marine Detachment-hosted event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)