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Unit Details

Strength
Battalion
Type
Ground Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
1922 - Present

Description

1922 - 1924

Activated 1 August 1922 at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as the 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment and assigned to the 2nd Brigade.

Participated in the occupation of the Dominican Republic, Deactivated 20 July 1924

1941 - 1947

Reactivated 1 March 1941 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, fleet Marine Force

Deployed during April 1941 to Parris Island, SC

Deactivated 14 June 1941

Reactivated 11 February 1942 at New River, NC, and assigned to the 1st Marines Division, Fleet Marine Force

Deployed during July 1942 to Wellington, New Zealand

Participated in the following World War II campaigns
* Guadalcanal
* Finschhafen
* New Britain
* Peleliu
* Okinawa

Redeployed during September 1945 to Tiensin, China

Participated in the occupation of North China, September 1945-October 1947

1950 - 1964

Reactivated 4 August 1950 at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina, and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force

Deployed during August 1950 to Kobe, Japan

Participated in the Korean War, September 1950-July 1953, Operating from
* Inchon-Seoul
* Chosin Reservoir
* East Central
* Western Front

Participated in the defense of the Korean demilitarized zone July 1953 - April 1955

Relocated to Camp Pendleton, CA in April 1955

Participated in the Battalion transplacement system between the 1st Marine Division and the 3rd Marine Division during June 1959 - July 1960

Participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, October-December 1962

1965 - 1974

Deployed during November 1965 to the Republic of Vietnam, and assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force

Participated in the War in Vietnam, November 1965-May 1971, Operating from
* Hue/Phu Bai
* Da Nang
* Quang Tri
* Thua Thien
* Quang Nam

Detached during April 1971 from the 1st Marine Division, and reassigned to the 3rd Marine Amphibious Brigade, Fleet Marine Force

Relocated during June 1971 to Camp Pendleton, CA, and reassigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force

1975 - 1994

Participated during April - May 1975 in Operation New Arrival, the relocation of refugees from Indochina

Participated in numerous training exercises during the 1970's and 1980's

Participated in the Battalion rotation between the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa and Divisions stationed in the United States during the 1980's

Deactivated 24 January 1989

Reactivated 9 September 1994 at Camp Pendleton, CA, and assigned to the 1st Marine Division

2003 - 2006

Participated from January to June 2003 in Operation Enduring Freedom I with the 15th MEU.

Participated from February to October 2004 in Operation Iraqi Freedom II wi 1st Marine Division.

Participated from October 2005 to December 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06 with 2nd Marine Division and the 13th MEU.
 



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1st Marine Regiment
 
Active Reporting Units
 
Inactive Reporting Unit
None
 
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1626 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Aaron Moitzheim, Michael, LCpl, (2016-Present)
  • Ablard, Keith, Sgt, (1983-2001)
  • Abril, Bill, Cpl, (1966-1969)
  • Acevedo, Irwin, LCpl, (1999-2003)
  • Acevedo, Josh, Sgt, (2004-2008)
  • Acree, Patrick, GySgt, (1974-1995)
  • Adams, John Porter, LtCol, (1915-1945)
  • Adkins, Adam, Cpl, (1992-1996)
  • Adrianzen, Luis, MGySgt, (1984-2012)
  • Aguilar, Benjamin, Sgt, (1995-2001)
  • Alaniz, Alberto, SSgt, (1998-2007)
  • Albaugh, Richard, SSgt, (2001-Present)
  • Albin, J, Cpl, (1992-1996)
  • Alderson, Richard, Capt, (1969-1972)
  • Alexanian, Phil, HM2, (1996-2006)
  • Alicea, Edwin, Sgt, (1977-1989)
  • Allbritton, Steve, Cpl, (1965-1969)
  • Allen, Albert, Sgt, (1981-1992)
  • Allen, Boyde, SSgt, (1995-2008)
  • Allen, Brandon, LCpl, (2002-2006)
  • Allen, Brandon, LCpl, (2002-2006)
  • Allen, Brian, Sgt, (1995-2003)
  • Allen, Kenneth, Pvt, (1979-1983)
  • Allier, Edward, GySgt, (1990-2011)
  • Alvarez, Angelo, CWO3, (1992-Present)
  • Alvarez, Juan, SSgt, (1994-Present)
  • Alvarez, Saul, Cpl, (1968-1970)
  • Ambrose, Peter, Cpl, (1967-1970)
  • Ameible, Josh, GySgt, (2001-Present)
  • Amiro, Joseph, LCpl, (1969-1971)
  • Anderson, Brady, Cpl, (1997-2001)
  • Anderson, Cort, Sgt, (1996-2000)
  • Anderson, Curtis, SgtMaj, (1976-2009)
  • Anderson, David, Cpl, (2006-Present)
  • Anderson, Mark, Pvt, (1964-1968)
  • Anderson, Matt, CWO2, (1994-Present)
  • Anderson, Phil, 1stSgt, (1979-1999)
  • Anderson, Robert, Cpl, (1985-1989)
  • Angelleonardo, Gomez, 1stSgt, (1995-Present)
  • Anzalone, Christopher, SSgt, (1999-Present)
  • Archuleta, Frank, Cpl, (1969-1972)
  • Arellano, Jason, Sgt, (2004-2008)
  • Arndt, Justin, Sgt, (1993-2001)
  • Arndt, Timothy, Sgt, (1979-2013)
 

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Unit History
  • WWII (Jan 01, 1947)
    Reactivated March 1, 1941 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines and assigned to...
  • Korea (Jan 01, 1963)
    Reactivated August 4, 1950 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and assigned to the 1st Marine Division,...
  • 1980s (Jan 01, 1980)
    Participated during April ?? May 1975 in Operation New Arrivals, the relocation of refugees from In...
 
Battle/Operations History
 
Unit Timeline
Notable Members
Raymond Kelly - served with unit during the Vietnam War Robert Leckie - author of Helmet for My Pillow Gen Peter Pace - former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr. - son ... More
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2017
Medal Of Honor Recipients
Korea Corporal Charles Abrell Corporal Joseph Vittori Private First Class Stanley R. Christianson Private First Class Edward Gomez Private First Class Walter C. Monegan, Jr Vietnam PRIVATE FI ... More
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2017
Navy Cross Recipients
Vietnam Corporal Henry Casebolt Lance Corporal Darrell Feerrar Lance Corporal Billy Henderson Lance Corporal Alfred Herring Private Darrell Ray
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2017
Global War on Terrorism
As part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the battalion deployed to Kuwait in February 2003, and participated in the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The battalion deployed in March 2004, to Fallu ... More
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2017
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
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, 21 March-24 April 2003
2003
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
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
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
Su 11th Meu, 3 May-30 June 2001
2001
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
Su 13th Meu, 20 January-20 April 1999
1999
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 - Gulf War
1991
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
Su 15th Meu, 18 December 1987 - 16 December 1988
1988
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
Su 13th Meu, 19 June-18 December 1986
1986
1980s
Participated during April â?? May 1975 in Operation New Arrivals, the relocation of refugees from Indochina Participated in the Battalion rotation between the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa and ... More
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1980
Vietnam War
Deployed during November 1965 to the Republic of Vietnam, and assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Participated in the War in Vietnam, November 1965 â?? May 1971, Hue/Phu Bai ... More
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1976
Vietnam War Memorial
Name Home Rank Company Date KIA Panel On Wall Michalski, John Steven Syracuse, NY Sgt Golf 31 October 1965 Panel 3E Row 09 Garcia, Juan R. New York City, NY LCpl Golf 17 November ... 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
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, 14 April-1 June 1971
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 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.
Descriptions
21 September 1969 - 20 November 1970
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
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
Descriptions
22 November 1965 - 20 September 1969
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 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, 27 March 1968-14 April 1968 And 21 August-31 October 1968
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, 29 March 1966 - 15 September 1967
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, 10 Decmeber 1965 - 28 March 1966
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
Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
This campaign was 8 March to 24 December 1965. During this campaign the U.S. objective was to hold off the enemy while gaining time needed to build base camps and logistical facilities. The U.S. also ... More
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1965 - 1965
Korea
Reactivated August 4, 1950 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Deployed during August 1950 to Kobe, Japan Participated in the Korean War, Sep ... More
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1963
Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the Caribbean Crisis or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day (October 16-28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning American b ... More
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1962 - 1962
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, 11 August 1952 - 5 May 1953 And 7-27 July 1953
1953
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.
Descriptions
26 October 1950 - 27 July 1953
1953
Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
Korea, Summer 1953, 1 May - 27 July 1953. There was little activity anywhere along the front as 1953 began. Then, as spring approached, the enemy renewed his attacks against the Eighth Army 's outpost ... More
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1953 - 1953
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
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, 21-26 April, 16 May-30 June And 11-26 September 1951
1951
Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
On 1 November Chinese elements were identified south of the Changjin Reservoir, and within ten days twelve divisions of the Chinese Communist Forces were identified. In the northwest, strong enemy att ... More
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1950 - 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, 15 September-11 October 1950
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, 27 November-11 December 1950
1950
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.
Descriptions
15-27 September 1950
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
Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
Communist efforts to divide the South Koreans against themselves having failed, the North Koreans decided to attempt their subjugation by military force. At 0400, Sunday, 25 June 1950 (Korean Time), N ... 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
WWII
Reactivated March 1, 1941 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Deployed during April 1941 to Marine Corps Recruit Dep ... 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
Okinawa, 1 April-21 June 1945
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
Pacific Specified Raids Campaign (1942)
(Pacific Specified Raids Campaign 1942 February 1, 1942 - March 10, 1942) Raids conducted by Marine and Naval units during World War two in the Pacific theater.
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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
Palau Islands, 15-29 September 1944
1944
Battle of Cape Gloucester
The Battle of Cape Gloucester (26 December 1943 - 22 April 1944) was a battle in the Pacific theater of World War II, which took place between late December 1943 and April 1944, on the island of New B ... More
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1943 - 1944
Marianas Operation
The Marianas were made up of the islands of Saipan, Tinian, Aguijan, Rota, and much to the soreness of the American military, the island of Guam. Admiral Nimitz had long waited to launch his Operation ... 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
Guadalcanal, 7 August-9 December 1942
1942
Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)

The Battle of Tulagi and Gavutu–Tanambogo was a land battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, between the forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied (mainly United States (U.S.) M ... More

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1942 - 1942
Reactivated
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, fleet Marine Force
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1941
US Occupation of the Dominican Republic
The first United States occupation of the Dominican Republic lasted from 1916 to 1924. It was one of the many interventions in Latin America undertaken by the military forces of the United States in t ... More
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1916 - 1924
Activation
Activated August 1, 1922 at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as the 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment and assigned to the 2d Brigade. Participated in the occupation of the Dominican Republic, Deactivated ... More
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1922
 
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