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English bulldog Chesty XIV newest mascot of US Marine Corps.

Washington, Apr. 9 ( ANI ): A young English bulldog, named Chesty XIV, has received his first much yearned emblem at a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, the oldest post in the Corps.

The bulldog's first-ever appearance as an official U.S. Marine grabbed the suspense and thrill among the audience as he went on to receive the eagle, globe and anchor emblems.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Michael P. Barrett, honoured the new and youthful "devil dog", Washington Times reports.

While he became the apple of many eyes, Chesty XIV was eyed with envy by the current mascot, Sgt. Chesty XIII. Each of the seven marine companies have their hopes held high from this little master as they cheered him on his victory.

Chesty XIV will now be trained for the role of mascot - apprentice, until his mentor, the elderly Chesty retires later this year.

History bears a testimony to the military prowess and fierce marine attacks. The World War I witnessed such attacks reported by Germans, who went further to term these powerful Marine Corps as "teufel-hunden," or "devil-dogs".

The Marine Corps mascot tradition then began in 1922 with the English bulldog being their mascot, representing the military force wearing Marine Corps helmet even in recruitment posters. ( ANI )

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Date:Apr 9, 2013
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