According to the U.S. Marine Corps Flag Manual (MCO P10520.3), the Marine Corps standard with a blue field was carried at the time of the Vera Cruz landing in 1914. Marine Corps Order No. 4 of April 1925 designated scarlet and gold as the official colors. These colors were not incorporated into the new Marine Corps colors until January 1939. Some overseas units would not have the new flag until even later. The design has remained the same since.
Marines began carrying the "Stars and Stripes" with "U.S. Marine Corps" embroidered in yellow on the middle red stripe in 1876. In April 1921, the Marine Corps directed that any new national colors delete the words "U.S. Marine Corps."