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Living Emblem of the United States Marines: 9,000 troops at the Marine Barracks at Parris Island, SC

This last photo from our story shows the emblem of the US Marines from their base in South Carolina.  This one posed some interesting problems for the photographers given the fine lines in the logo itself.  They also wanted to ensure that none of the ground beneath the "oceans" would be seen.  They addressed the first problem by having soldiers wear all black and lie down on the ground to craft the fine lines; the second problem was solved by having many of the soldiers up front crouch down in order to preserve the light/dark differentiation. 

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