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Unit Details

Strength
Battalion
Type
Ground Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
1941 - Present

Description
1st Combat Engineer Battalion is a combat engineer battalion of the United States Marine Corps. The unit, nicknamed "The Super Breed", is based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California and falls under the command of the 1st Marine Division and the I Marine Expeditionary Force.


Reports To
Engineering Units
 
Active Reporting Units
 
Inactive Reporting Unit
None
 
1044 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Abaunza, Christian, Cpl, (1997-2005)
  • Abell, Andy, Maj, (1994-2001)
  • Adams, Gary, Sgt, (1994-1999)
  • Adams, Richard, Cpl, (1979-1984)
  • Adams, Scott, Cpl, (1989-1993)
  • Adams, Ward, PFC, (1981-1985)
  • Adrianzen, Luis, MGySgt, (1984-2012)
  • Ali, Mehmed, Cpl, (1986-1992)
  • Allbaugh, Matthew, Sgt, (2003-2007)
  • ALLEN, SCOTT, MGySgt, (1977-2006)
  • Aloise, Andrew, Capt, (1989-1998)
  • Altman, Ronald, LCpl, (1987-1993)
  • Alvarado, Aaron, Sgt, (1989-1996)
  • Alviso, Roberto, SgtMaj, (1994-Present)
  • Anderson, JR, LCpl, (1983-1987)
  • Anderson, Robert, Cpl, (1979-1982)
  • Anderson, Scott, HM2, (2003-2010)
  • Anderson, Shaun, GySgt, (1993-Present)
  • Anderson, Virgil Philip, PFC, (1945-1946)
  • Angulo, Brian, Cpl, (2005-2009)
  • Avalos, Emilio, Sgt, (2005-2013)
  • Bailey, Jonathan, Sgt, (2003-2011)
  • Baker, Joshua, Sgt, (1997-2002)
  • Baker, Ryan, Cpl, (2003-Present)
  • Baker, William, Cpl, (1964-1968)
  • Baldwin, Thomas scott, Cpl, (1992-1996)
  • Bales, Richard, LCpl, (1974-1978)
  • Bales, Richard, LCpl, (1974-1978)
  • Ballek, Dustin, Cpl, (2006-2009)
  • Barbee, David, Sgt, (1971-1975)
  • Barefield, DevRee, SSgt, (1995-2006)
  • Barker, Michael, PFC, (1998-2002)
  • Barrett, Craig, LtCol, (1990-2013)
  • Bass, Mike, Cpl, (1986-1990)
  • Baumgarten, Dusty, LCpl, (2002-2006)
  • Bautista, Reynante, GySgt, (2008-2008)
  • Baxter, John, Maj, (1956-1969)
  • Beall, David, SgtMaj, (1993-Present)
  • Bear, Michael, SSgt, (1998-2006)
  • Beckmann, Ralph, SSgt, (1977-1992)
 

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Unit History
  • Lineage (Jan 01, 2017)
    1941-1949 ACTIVATED 24 FEBRUARY 1941 AT GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, AS 1ST ENGINEER BATTALION, 1ST MARIN...
 
Battle/Operations History
 
Unit News and Information
Reflection from SSgt David Hammick (Sep 12, 2013) 
I would be more than happy to help you all I can but I served with the 1st Engr. Bn. in Vietnam. I was there all or parts of 1967, 68, 69 and 1970. I did take language training at the Army Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Ca. in 1967 prior to shipping out to Vietnam. As the Civil Affairs NCO I lived with the CAP Unit, Bravo 1, in the village of Hoa Phu, Hieu Duc District, Quang Nam Province Vietnam. I was there from Nov. 1967 until Feb.6, 1968 when I was wounded on patrol and medevac'd.  My battalion sponsored the clinic there and I stayed in the CAP to assist. That is the only humanitarian type assignment I had with the 1st. All my other time was spent doing infantry support, bunker/hooch construction, road sweeps and demolition work.

I hope this assists you,

Dave

Reflection from Sgt Melvin E (Mel) Irvin (Sep 12, 2013) 
Reflection from CWO3 Wing John( (Jack) ( "Wo" Wing)) (Sep 12, 2013) 
 
Unit Timeline
Lineage
1941-1949 ACTIVATED 24 FEBRUARY 1941 AT GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, AS 1ST ENGINEER BATTALION, 1ST MARINE DIVISION, FLEET MARINE FORCE RELOCATED DURING APRIL 1941 TO PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA ... More
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2017
Commanding Officers
Year Grade Last Name First IN MI 1939-1941 1st Lt Riley T S 1941-1942 2nd Lt Burnham L W 1942-1942 Capt Frazer J G 1942-1944 Maj Crockett H H 1944-1944 Maj McGuinness J P 1944-1944 LtCol ... More
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2017
Transition I (2011-14)
2012: Strategic Agreement
Taliban attacks continued at the same rate as they did in 2011, remaining around 28,000 Taliban "enemy initiated" attacks.

Reformation of the ... More
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2011 - 2014
OIF/Iraqi Sovereignty (2009-10)
During 2008 and 2009, all non-U.S. foreign forces withdrew from Iraq. Withdrawal of all non-U.S. forces was complete by 31 July 2009. As of 1 January 2009, the Iraqi government became fully responsibl ... More
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2009 - 2010
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
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Afghanistan
2009
Operation Cobra's Anger
Operation Cobra's Anger was a US-led offensive in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. About 1,000 Marines as well as 150 Afghan troops were involved.
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2009 - 2009
OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
In the context of the Iraq War, the surge refers to United States President George W. Bush's 2007 increase in the number of American troops in order to provide security to Baghdad and Al Anbar Provinc ... More
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2007 - 2008
OIF/National Resolution (2006-07)
Elections for a new Iraqi National Assembly were held under the new constitution on 15 December 2005. This election used a proportional system, with approximately 25% of the seats required to be fille ... More
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2005 - 2007
OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
In June 2004, under the auspices of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1546 the Coalition transferred limited sovereignty to a caretaker government, whose first act was to begin the trial of S ... More
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2004 - 2005
Operation Ironclad
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2004 - 2004
OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
Upon assuming the post of chief executive of the CPA in May 2003, L. Paul Bremer also assumed the title of U.S. Presidential Envoy and Administrator in Iraq. He was frequently called Ambassador by num ... More
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2003 - 2004
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Iraq
2003
OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)
The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 19 March to 1 May 2003 and signaled the start of the conflict that later came to be known as the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United ... More
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2003 - 2003
Operation Determined Response (Yemen)

Gen. Tommy R. Franks, USCINCCENT, conducted Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE after the terrorist attack on the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden on 12 October 2000.

An explosion on the ... More

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2000 - 2000
Operation Wildfire 1994
Counter wildfire operations in Wanachee, Washington
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1994 - 1994
Operation Vigilant Warrior (Kuwait)
Operation VIGILANT WARRIOR was a military operation from 8 October 1994 to 15 December 1994 by the United States in response to two divisions of Iraqi Republican Guard troops moving toward the Kuwaiti ... More
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1994 - 1994
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Criteria
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to Joint Activities of the Department of Defense for meritorious achievement or service, superior to that which is ... More
Descriptions
Somalia
1993
Operation Restore Hope (Somalia)
The Operation Restore Hope was an operation of the United States and many of its allied countries in Somalia. The operation was protected by the United Nations. The United States was the leader of thi ... More
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1992 - 1993
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
Southwest Asia
1991
Operation Desert Shield
In 1990, fellow Arab Gulf states refused to endorse Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's plan to cut production and raise the price of oil, leaving him frustrated and paranoid. Iraq had incurred a mountain o ... More
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1990 - 1991
Operation Desert Storm
On January 16, 1991, President George H. W. Bush announced the start of what would be called Operation Desert Storm—a military operation to expel occupying Iraqi forces from Kuwait, which Iraq h ... More
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1991 - 1991
Vietnam Era
The battalion was again redesignated on 1 May 1963 as the 1st Engineer Battalion and departed San Diego Harbor with the 7th Marine Regiment (RLT-7) on WW-II Troop Ships USS Pickaway (APA-222) and USS ... More
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1975
NEO - Operation New Arrivals (Vietnam)
Construction of tent camps aboard Camp Pendleton to support the arrival & processing of Vietnamese, Cambodians & others evacuating Vietnam.
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1975 - 1975
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Criteria
The unit citation of the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal was awarded certain units by the Vietnamese government for meritorious service during the period 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1974.
1971
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
This campaign was from 1 Jul 1970 to 30 June 1971. Fighting continued in Cambodia during early February before and after South Vietnam began its U.S.-aided drive in Laos, Lam Son 719, the most signifi ... More
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1970 - 1971
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout ... More
1970
Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
This campaign was from 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970. An increase in enemy-initiated attacks, at the highest level since 4-5 September signaled the start of the first phase of the Communist winter ... More
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1969 - 1970
Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
This campaign was from 1 May to 30 June 1970. This campaign was mainly concerned with the Allied incursion into Cambodia, codenamed Operation ROCK CRUSHER. As American withdrawal from South Vietnam pr ... More
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1970 - 1970
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Descriptions
Vietnam
1969
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
This campaign was from 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969. In November 1968 the South Vietnam government with American support began a concentrated effort to expand security in the countryside. This ... More
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1968 - 1969
Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)
This campaign was from 23 February to 8 June 1969. From Tet 1969 through the month of June, the enemy again tried to sustain an offensive. His inability to do so can be largely attributed to aggressi ... More
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1969 - 1969
Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
This campaign was from 9 June to 31 October 1969. During the summer and fall of 1969, conduct of operations was increasingly turned over to Vietnamese, US troops withdrew in greater numbers amid reaff ... More
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1969 - 1969
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Descriptions
Vietnam
1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
This campaign was from 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968.The conflict in South Vietnam remains basically unchanged. As Operation JUNCTION CITY ended, elements of the U.S. 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions, ... More
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1967 - 1968
Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 30 January to 1 April 1968. On 29 January 1968 the Allies began the Tet-lunar new year expecting the usual 36-hour peaceful holiday truce. Because of the threat of a large-scale ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 2 April to 30 June 1968. During this period friendly forces conducted a number of battalion-size attritional operations against the enemy.

Operations PEGASUS-Lam ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 1 July to 1 November 1968. During this period a country-wide effort was begun to restore government control of territory lost to the enemy since the Tet offensive. The enemy att ... More
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1968 - 1968
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Vietnam
1967
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
This campaign was from 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. Recognizing the interdependence of political ... More
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1966 - 1967
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Vietnam
1966
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
This campaign was from 25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. Recognizing the interdependence of pol ... More
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1965 - 1966
Korean War Era
The battalion deployed during August 1950 to Kobe, Japan, joining the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade they were then sent in September 1950 to Inchon, Korea, and joined the 1st Marine Division. Duri ... More
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1957
Korean War Armistice (Occupation)
Although the Korean War Armistice ended combat operations in Korea on 27 July 1953, the Korean Service Medal was issued until June 1954 due to the tense nature of the occupation and garrison duty imme ... More
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1953 - 1954
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is a military unit award issued by the government of South Korea to both South Korean and foreign military units.
1953
Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
Third Korean Winter, 1 December 1952 - 30 April 1953. Meanwhile the armistice talks had stalled. Discord over several issues, but principally the exchange of prisoners of war, had prevented any agreem ... More
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1952 - 1953
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
Korea
1952
Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
As 1951 drew to a close, a lull had settled over the battlefield. Fighting tapered off to a routine of patrol clashes, raids, and bitter small-unit struggles for key outpost positions. The lull result ... More
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1951 - 1952
US Occupation of Japan
The Allied occupation of Japan at the end of World War II was led by General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, with support from the British Commonwealth. Unlike in the oc ... More
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1945 - 1952
Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
In May the enemy became bolder, increasing his probing attacks and patrols, intensifying his artillery fire, and aggressively interrupting U.N. patrols. In May 1952 an estimated total of 102,000 artil ... More
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1952 - 1952
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Korea
1951
Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
A reconnaissance in force by elements of the 1st Cavalry Division on 22 January revealed that the enemy had withdrawn from frontline positions. The task force returned after having met little resistan ... More
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1951 - 1951
Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
On 22 April enemy activity across the whole front suddenly increased and the U.N. advance halted abruptly. The expected spring offensive was at hand.

Following a four-hour artillery bom ... More
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1951 - 1951
Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
On 23 June 1951 Jacob Malik, Deputy Foreign Minister of the U.S.S.R., made a statement in a recorded broadcast in New York implying Chinese and North Korean willingness to discuss armistice terms to e ... More
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1951 - 1951
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Korea
1950
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Korea
1950
Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
(September 15–26, 1950) in the Korean War, an amphibious landing by U.S. and South Korean forces at the port of Inchon, near the South Korean capital, Seoul. A daring operation planned and execu ... More
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1950 - 1950
Pusan Perimeter breakout
Meanwhile, 5th Marines came ashore at Inchon. The last North Korean troops in South Korea still fighting were defeated when Walton H. Walker's 8th Army broke out of the Pusan Perimeter, joining the Ar ... More
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1950 - 1950
Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as the Chosin Reservoir Campaign or the Changjin Lake Campaign was a decisive battle in the Korean War. "Chosin" is the Japanese pronunciation of t ... More
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1950 - 1950
Operation Beleaguer (China)
Operation Beleaguer was a major United States military operation that took place in northeastern China's Hopeh and Shantung Provinces between 1945 and 1949. The main objectives of the operation were t ... More
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1945 - 1949
World War II Era
The battalion was formed on 24 February 1941 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the 1st Pioneer Battalion,[1] 1st Marine Division to be a specialized unit to conduct shore party operations during amphibious ... More
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1947
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
WWII-Okinawa
1945
Battle for Okinawa
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted ... More
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1945 - 1945
World War II/American Theater
Defense of American Interests and American property and territories.
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1941 - 1945
Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
The surrender of the Empire of Japan was announced by Imperial Japan on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945 ... More
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1945 - 1945
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
WWII-Peleliu
1944
Battle of Peleliu
The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September–November 1944 on the ... More
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1944 - 1944
New Guinea Campaign (1942-44)
(New Guinea Campaign 24 January 1943 to 31 December 1944) After the loss of Buna and Gona in New Guinea, the Japanese fell back on their stronghold at Lae. Their attempt to reinforce Lae by sea in Mar ... More
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1943 - 1944
Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was a military campaign fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943 on and a ... More
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1942 - 1943
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
WWII-Guadalcanal
1942
 
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