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Unit Details

Strength
Regiment
Type
Ground Unit
 
Year
1914 - Present
 

Description
2nd Battalion, 4th Marines (2/4) is an infantry battalion of the United States Marine Corps. The battalion, nicknamed the Magnificent Bastards, is based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California and are a part of the 5th Marine Regiment and 1st Marine Division.

2nd Battalion, 4th Marines was constituted in April 1914 during World War I when it was activated as one of the three battalions of the 4th Marine Regiment.

Active Years

  • April 1914 – 4 October 1927
  • 18 September 1932 – 6 May 1942
  • 1 February 1944 – February 1946
  • 2 September 1952 – present


Notable Persons
Chesty - 5 Navy Crosses - LtGen Lewis Burwell Puller
Most decorated U.S. Marine in History
 
Medal Honor - Vietnam - LtCol Howard V Lee
Major [then Captain] Howard Vincent Lee (MCSN: 0-69961), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 8 and 9 August 1966, while serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy forces near Cam Lo, Republic of Vietnam.
Medal Honor - Vietnam - MGen James Livingston
Captain James Everett Livingston (MCSN: 0-84449), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 2 May 1968, while serving as Commanding Officer, Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in action against enemy forces at Dai Do, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Viet Nam.
Medal Honor - Vietnam - Col Jay Vargas
Major Jay R. Vargas (MCSN: 0-83768), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Commanding Officer, Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy forces at Dai Do, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, from 30 April to 2 May 1968. 
Medal Honor - Vietnam - LCpl Jedh Colby Barker
Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker (MCSN: 2207369), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 21 September 1967, while serving as a machine gunner with Company F, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action near Con Thien, Republic of Vietnam.
Medal Honor - Vietnam - LCpl Joe Calvin Paul
 Lance Corporal Joe Calvin Paul (MCSN: 2033358), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 18 August 1965, while serving with Company H, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against an armed enemy near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam.
Medal Honor - Vietnam - Sgt Paul Hellstrom Foster
Sergeant Paul Hellstrom Foster (MCSN: 1903536), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 14 October 1967, while serving as an artillery liaison operations chief with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action near Con Thien, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam. 
 
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2/4 Association
1435 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Abel, Paul, LCpl, (1968-1969)
  • Abreu, Jose A, Sgt, (1965-1971)
  • Ackley, Robert, Cpl, (1974-1977)
  • Acosta, Felix, 1stSgt, (1987-Present)
  • Adams, Douglas, LCpl, (1976-1981)
  • Adams, Joseph, Cpl, (1996-2001)
  • Adams, Michael, LCpl, (1991-1995)
  • Addison, Rickford, LCpl, (1972-1974)
  • Aguilar, Andrew, 1stSgt, (1962-1970)
  • Aguilar, Andrew, Sgt, (1962-1970)
  • Aguilera, Daniel, Cpl, (2005-2010)
  • Agurs, Tony, GySgt, (1975-1996)
  • Ahrens, Robert, Sgt, (1978-1984)
  • Alcantara, Carlon, Cpl, (1990-1994)
  • Alcon, Mark, Cpl, (1982-1986)
  • Alexander, Terry, PFC, (1982-1985)
  • Allen, Jim, Sgt, (1967-1969)
  • Allen, Robert, Sgt, (1967-1969)
  • Alteri, Jason, Sgt, (1997-2001)
  • Alvarado, Gabriel, GySgt, (1978-2000)
  • Anderson, Albert, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Anderson, Carlos, Cpl, (1989-1993)
  • Anderson, James, Sgt, (1981-1990)
  • Anness, John, Maj, (1980-2002)
  • Antonara, Steve, Cpl, (1965-1968)
  • Araya, Jose, GySgt, (1975-1995)
  • Arend, Michael, Maj, (1990-1995)
  • Arnold, David, Sgt, (1980-1986)
  • Arriaga, Jose, MGySgt, (1990-2017)
  • Arriaga, Ramon fox 2/4 68-69, LCpl, (1968-1970)
  • Arteaga, Renato, Cpl, (1991-1995)
  • Aschbrenner, Steve, LCpl, (1987-1991)
  • Ashley, David, Cpl, (1986-1990)
  • Ashmore, Tom, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Ashmore, Tom, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Assad, James, SSgt, (1995-2013)
  • Atkins, Kerry, Sgt, (1963-1967)
  • Aubut, Michael, Capt, (1987-2000)
  • Ayer, Philip, SSgt, (1978-2007)
  • Babcock, Kevin, SSgt, (1978-1992)
  • Baello, Rogelito, Cpl, (1986-1989)
  • Baerga, Angel, GySgt, (1965-1981)
  • Bain, Jerry, Cpl, (1968-1970)
  • Balderas, Herran, Cpl, (1985-1993)
 
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Battle/Operations History Detail
 
Description
Guam, ringed by reefs, cliffs, and heavy surf, presents a formidable challenge for an attacker. But despite the obstacles, on 21 July, the Americans landed on both sides of the Orote peninsula on the western side of Guam, planning to cut off the airfield. The 3rd Marine Division landed near Agana to the north of Orote at 08:28, and the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade landed near Agat to the south. Japanese artillery sank 20 LVTs, and inflicted heavy casualties on the Americans, especially on the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, but by 09:00 men and tanks were ashore at both beaches. The 77th Infantry Division had a more difficult landing. Lacking amphibious vehicles, they had to wade ashore from the edge of the reef where they were dropped by their landing craft. The men stationed in the two beachheads were pinned down by heavy Japanese fire, making initial progress inland quite slow.

US Marines move inland.
By nightfall, the Americans had established beachheads about 6,600 feet (2,000 m) deep.[1] Japanese counterattacks were made throughout the first few days of the battle, mostly at night, using infiltration tactics. Several times, they penetrated the American defenses and were driven back with heavy loss of men and equipment. Lieutenant General Takeshi Takashina was killed on 28 July, and Lieutenant General Hideyoshi Obata took over the command of the defenders.

Supply was very difficult[2] for the Americans in the first days of the battle. Landing ships could not come closer than the reef, several hundred yards from the beach, and amphibious vehicles were scarce. However, the two beachheads were joined up on 25 July, and the Orote airfield and Apra harbor were captured by 30 July.

The counterattacks against the American beachheads, as well as the fierce fighting, had exhausted the Japanese. At the start of August, they were running out of food and ammunition and had only a handful of tanks left. Obata withdrew his troops from the south of Guam, planning to make a stand in the mountainous central and northern part of the island. But with resupply and reinforcement impossible because of American control of the sea and air around Guam, he could hope to do no more than delay the inevitable defeat for a few days.

Rain and thick jungle made conditions difficult for the Americans, but after an engagement at Mount Barrigada from 2-4 August, the Japanese line collapsed; the rest of the battle was a pursuit to the north. As in other battles of the Pacific War, the Japanese refused to surrender, and almost all were killed. On 10 August, after three weeks of combat, organized Japanese resistance ended, and Guam was declared secure. The next day, Obata committed ritual suicide.
 
BattleType
Battle
Country
Guam
 
Parent
Marianas Operation
CreatedBy
[Name Withheld], (1966-1994)
 
Start Month
7
End Month
8
 
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944
 

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