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USA. South Carolina. Parris Island. 1970. The US Parris Island Marine Corps boot camp during the Vietnam War (1964-1973).

In March 1966 alone, the Parris Island drill instructors trained 10,979 recruits, its highest training load during the war. Nowadays, the Marines train about 17,000 recruits at Parris Island each year. 

Photographs: Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos

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The ‘Unbreakable Determination’ of Photographer and Marine Corps Veteran Anthony Geathers

To explore more of his photography, follow @anthonybgeathers on Instagram.

Since grade school, Anthony Geathers (@anthonybgeathers) dreamed of becoming a United States Marine to help provide for his mother and brothers. The 26-year-old Brooklyn, New York, native deployed to Afghanistan twice. “I learned a lot about myself as a man and as a warrior,” Anthony says. “The same Marine Corps values I learned between boot camp and in the Fleet Marine Force — unbreakable determination, controlled aggression and a will to succeed — are things I apply in my growing career as a photographer.” Anthony found his niche sharing stories of athletes, particularly those in combat sports. “I get intimate with the fighters’ lives in their training camps, at home with their families and friends, backstage preparing for fights, the actual bout, their victories and defeats and the spectacle of the whole experience,” he says.

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ALRIGHT! Here we go!

Hey taylorswift 👋🏻 I’m Amber, I’m 20 years old and I have loved you since I was twelve.

Though I know every song and have rewatched every interview and have heard every dumb Taylor swift joke there is, I have only seen you in concert once, on the speak now tour four years ago.

I would have TOTALLY been at the red tour (believe me) but sadly while you were playing Gillette stadium, I was in marine corps boot camp, and failing miserably, tbh, getting sent home after four months. (If you didn’t know, boot camp is only supposed to be three)

Now we are FIVE short days away from me seeing you again and I am so emotional and so ready, I really hope I get the chance to show you my blanket and my tattoo! But if not I totally get it 💕💕

I love you! Stay beautiful!
~Amber (anichol13)