Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA):
The Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem, commonly referred to as the EGA, is the most recognizable emblem of the Marine Corps. This design features an eagle with outstretched wings grasping a globe and anchoring it with its talons. EGA represents the values of the Marine Corps, including honor, courage and commitment. It can be found on many USMC patches, usually along with the unit name or motto.
“Semper Fidelis” or “Semper Fi” is the motto of the Marine Corps, which means “forever faithful” in Latin. Patches incorporating this motto are very popular among Marines and collectors. These patches often feature additional mottoes and other decorative elements that reflect the unwavering loyalty and dedication of the Marine Corps.
The bulldog is a widely recognized symbol associated with the Marine Corps. Known for his tenacity and determination, the Bulldog represents the tenacity and resilience of the Marine Corps. Patches featuring pit bulls often represent the bravery and pride of the Marine Corps.
Military Division Logo:
Each Marine Division has its own unique logo as a distinguishing mark. Divisional patches often contain elements specific to a division’s history, campaign, or geographic region. These patches are highly sought after by collectors and are cherished by the Marine Corps as a representation of their department’s pride and heritage.
Many Marine Corps units have adopted mascots that have special meaning within the unit. Patches featuring unit mascots such as bulldogs, eagles, or other animals to represent unit camaraderie, morale, and identity. These patches often combine the mascot with other unit-specific symbolic elements, creating a unique and cherished symbol for the Marine Corps.
Campaign and Deployment Patches:
Campaign and Deployment patches commemorate specific military operations, combat travel, or significant events in Marine Corps history. These patches usually carry the name of the campaign or deployment, the date, the name of the unit, and an image of symbols related to the event. They are a reminder of the sacrifices and achievements of the Marine Corps during those specific missions or deployments.