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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
Frozen Chosin - Korea
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
1080 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Abel, Paul, LCpl, (1968-1969)
  • Ackley, Robert, Cpl, (1974-1977)
  • Acosta, Felix, 1stSgt, (1987-Present)
  • Addison, Rickford, LCpl, (1972-1974)
  • Aguilar, Andrew, Sgt, (1962-1970)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Bain, Jerry, Cpl, (1968-1970)
  • Balderas, Herran, Cpl, (1985-1993)
  • Bales, Terry, GySgt, (1970-1990)
  • Ballard, Frank, Cpl, (1990-1998)
  • Ballard, John R., Col, (1979-2007)
  • Balog, Brian, Cpl, (1988-1994)
  • Bankey, Mark, LCpl, (1986-1990)
  • Barbre Jr, Burt, Sgt, (1991-1997)
  • Barganier, Shawn, Cpl, (1991-1995)
  • Barker, Skyler, Sgt, (2005-2013)
  • Barrientos, Efrain, SSgt, (2005-Present)
  • BARRON, RAMON, SSgt, (2001-2010)
  • Barth Jr., John, PFC, (1969-1972)
  • Bass, Brian, Sgt, (2003-2011)
 
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Operation Noble Eagle
Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) is the name given to the United States and Canadian military operations related to homeland security and support to federal, state, and local agencies. The operation began ... More
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2001 - 2020
BATTALION COMMANDERS OF 2/4
Well known battalion commanders of the â??Magnificent Bastards:â?? Lieutenant Colonel Clifton B. Cates, 1 Feb 1938 â?? 17 May 1939 Captain Lewsi B. â??Chestyâ?? Puller ... More
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2017
Battalion Sergeants Major of 2/4
Sergeant Major Hughes ? 1964 ? Sergeant Major Francis Kent ? Sergeant Major Charles Awkerman ? Aug 1965 - ? Sergeant Major Dwight E. Lewis ? 1967 - ? Sergeant Major John Malnar Sep 1967- KIA ? 2 M ... More
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2017
MEDAL OF HONOR Recipients
Vietnam Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker Sergeant Paul H. Foster Captain Howard V. Lee Captain James E. Livingston Lance Corporal Joe C. Paul Captain M. Sando Jay Vargas, Jr.
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2017
Afghanistan Fallen
Cpl Jonathan L Bateman 01/14/08 Cpl Christopher J Boyd Fox Co. 08/19/10 Sgt Julian C Chase Fox Co. 05/28/12 LCpl Kenneth E. Cochran 9th Engr Bn 01/15/12 SSgt Stephen J Dunning 9th Engr Bn 10/2 ... More
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2017
Iraq Fallen
Sgt Clinton W Ahlquist Fox Co. 02/20/07 LCpl Nickalous N Aldrich LCpl Eric A Ayon Echo Co. 04/09/04 LCpl Todd J Bolding Golf Co. 06/03/04 LCpl Cody S Calavan Echo Co. 05/29/04 LCpl Benjamin ... More
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2017
NAVY CROSS Recipients
World War II Private First Class Elden H. Cail First Lieutenant Richard R. P. Goheen Private First Class Ira E. Heinen Second Lieutenant Robert J. Herwig Private First Class Luke A. K ... More
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2017
SILVER STAR Recipients
Vietnam Walter E. Boomer Albert K. Britton Steven P. Brodrick Gary E. Brown Conal J. Byrne, Jr. Ben Cascio Ron Centers Robert J. Colasanti Jimmy D. Currie Jack Deichman Jeff ... More
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2017
Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient
Captain Benjamin R. Cascio
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2017
BRONZE STAR Recipients
World War II Henry "Hank" A. Bauer Vietnam Peter A. Acly Phillip Bale Sr. Albert G. Bothe Patrick J. Burns William T. Burns Robert L. Callaway Michael G. Castle Phil ... More
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2017
PURPLE HEART Receipents
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC George Frazee WORLD WAR II Eugene C. Ahouse Leonard W. Alford Phillip E. Allen Herman R. Anderson Robert L. Anderson Roy A. Anderson Verden G. Andrews Cli ... More
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2017
Training Exercise - Talisman Saber '13
Exercise Talisman Saber (also spelled Talisman Sabre, the spelling alternating between US and Australia) is a biennial joint Australia-United States military exercise. Talisman Saber involves joint ex ... More
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2013 - 2013
Operation Black Sand
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2011 - 2011
Battle of Marjah
The largest military offensive ever launched by Nato troops in Afghanistan to clear the city of Taliban militants and drug traffickers eliminating the last Taliban stronghold in Helmand. It involves U ... More
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2010 - 2010
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
Operation Caring Response 2008
In support of the country of Burma after Cyclone Nargis
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2008 - 2008
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
28Feb06-9Feb07 SU I MEF (FWD)
2007
Operation Rubicon
Mission was to confirm or deny the presence of Anti-Coalition forces in the East Husaybah area West of Habbaniyah.
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2006 - 2006
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
2Aug04-1Feb05 SU I MEF
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
Operation Phantom Fury
The Second Battle of Fallujah—code-named Operation Al-Fajr and Operation Phantom Fury — was a joint American, Iraqi, and British offensive in November and December 2004, considered the hig ... More
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2004 - 2004
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
1Jul02-12May03 SU III MEF & MCB Japan
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
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10Nov98-30Jun99 SU 31st MEU (BLT 2/4 Only)
1999
Operation Desert Fox (Iraq)
The December 1998 bombing of Iraq (code-named Operation Desert Fox) was a major four-day bombing campaign on Iraqi targets from 16 December 1998, to 19 December 1998, by the United States and United K ... More
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1998 - 1999
Operation Sea Signal
Operation Sea Signal was a United States Military humanitarian operation in the Caribbean in response to an influx of Cuban and Haitian migrants attempting to gain asylum in the United States. As a re ... More
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1994 - 1996
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
14Aug90-16Apr91 SU I MEF
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
NEO - Operation Sharp Edge (Liberia)
Operation Sharp Edge was a non-combatant evacuation operation carried out by the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) and 26th MEU of the United States Marine Corps in Liberia in 1990 and 1991. T ... 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
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
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29May-21Aug90 SU MARG 2-90 (BLT 2/4 Only)
1990
Camp Fuji Fire History
On 19 October 1979, Typhoon Tip, the strongest typhoon to hit mainland Japan in 13 years, brought 115 mph winds and a torrential downpour with it. More than 1,250 Marines of Battalion Landing Team 2/4 ... More
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1979
Camp Fuji Fire (Typhoon Tip)

On 19 October 1979, Typhoon Tip, the strongest typhoon to hit mainland Japan in 13 years, brougt 115 mph winds and a torrential downpour with it. More than 1,250 Marines of Battalion Landing Team 2 ... More

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1979 - 1979
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
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12Apr75 SU Cmdr 7th Flt (BLT(-) only)
1975
VIETNAM Fallen
LCpl James P Achterhoff Echo Co. 03/18/68 Vietnam PFC Kenney M Adams, Jr Echo Co. 11/26/68 Vietnam Sgt Richard F Abshire Golf Co. 05/02/68 Vietnam PFC Paul G Alaniz, Jr Golf Co. 05/12/68 Vietnam P ... More
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1975
NEO - Operation Eagle Pull (Cambodia)
Operation Eagle Pull was the United States military evacuation by air of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 12 April 1975. At the beginning of April 1975, Phnom Penh, one of the last remaining strongholds of th ... More
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1975 - 1975
NEO - Operation Frequent Wind (Vietnam War)
Operation Frequent Wind was the final phase in the evacuation of American civilians and "at-risk" Vietnamese from Saigon, South Vietnam prior to the takeover of the city by the North Vietnam ... More
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1975 - 1975
Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)
This campaign was from 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973. On 30 March 1972 the North Vietnamese Army launched its greatest offensive of the entire war. The enemy deployed the greatest array of troops ... More
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1972 - 1973
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation is a unit decoration of the Republic of the Philippines. It has been awarded to certain units of the United States military for actions both during and subseq ... More
Descriptions
21Jul-15Aug72 BLT only
1972
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
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1966-1972
1972
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
1966-1972
1972
Operation Saklolo (Philippines)
July 21–August 15, 1972. Weeks of torrential rain flooded northern and central Luzon, killing more than 300 people and isolating 700,000. AF units; 374th Tactical Airlift Wing; 36th, 774th, and ... More
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1972 - 1972
Operation Cavalier Beach
May 5 – 9; Transfer of command of I Corps from III MAF to XXIV Corps. XXIV Corps Headquarters moved from Phu Bai to Camp Horn. III MAF moved to Camp Hawkins
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1970 - 1970
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
5Mar-31May68 SU (BLT 2/4 only)
1968
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
28Nov-8Dec68 SU 9th Mar
1968
Operation Napoleon
Nov 5 – Feb 29 68; 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion operation north of the Cua Viet River, Dong Ha area.
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1967 - 1968
Operation Lancaster II
Jan 21 – Nov 23; 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Batta ... More
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1968 - 1968
Operation Scotland II
Apr 15 1968 – Feb 28 1969; 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, ... More
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1968 - 1968
Operation Kentucky / Battle of Dai Do
Some of the most prolonged and vicious combat of the war opened on 29 April and lasted until 30 May when the 8,000 men of the 320th PAVN Division, backed by artillery from across the DMZ, threatened t ... 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
7May65-27Oct66 5Jan-15Sep67 SU 3d MarDiv (Only 1 Award)
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
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8-9Apr66 9-12Jun66 24-25Jan67 12-22Feb67 10-12Mar67 SU 1st MarDiv (Only 1 Award)
1967
Operation Prairie
Operation Prairie (August 3 – January 31, 1967) was a military operation in northern South Vietnam. Its job was to eliminating North Vietnamese Army forces south of the DMZ.

1st B ... More
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1966 - 1967
Operation Prairie IV
Apr 19 – May 31; 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Battal ... More
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1967 - 1967
Operation Kingfisher
Operation Kingfisher was a US Marine Corps operation that took place during the Vietnam War. The operation was executed in the western part of Leatherneck Square, lasting from 16 July to 31 October 19 ... More
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1967 - 1967
Operation Double Eagle I
Jan 28 – Feb 17; 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines operation linking in with operation Masher/White Wing, Operation L ... More
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1966 - 1966
Operation Utah / Lien Ket 26
Mar 4 – 7; 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and ARVN 2nd Division search and destroy operation against the NVA 36th ... More
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1966 - 1966
Operation Jay / Lam Son 284
Jun 25 – Jul 2; 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and ARVN operation to engage the NVA 806th and 812th Battalions, 6th NVA Regiment that had recently moved into the Quả ... More
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1966 - 1966
Operation Hastings
Operation Hastings was an American military operation in the Vietnam War. The operation was a qualified success in that it pushed the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces back across the Demilitarized Z ... More
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1966 - 1966
Operation Lien Ket 4
28 July 1965, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, ARVN 51st Regiment and VNMC 3rd Battalion first combined land operation in the war.
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1965 - 1965
Operation Starlite (Starlight)
Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive regimental size action (August 18-24, 1965) conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam ... More
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1965 - 1965
Battalion Coat-of-Arms
As per traditional heraldry, the battalion coat-of-arms is a composition of references to past deeds and honors. The basic colors of the insignia that makes up 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines' crest are ... More
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1964
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
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
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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Okinawa
1945
OKINAWA Fallen
Pvt Eugene C Ahouse 06/20/45 Okinawa Battle of Okinawa Capt Leonard W Alford 06/17/45 Okinawa April - July 1945 PFC Clifford P Arnold 05/21/45 Okinawa CPl Charles H Bartlebaugh 06/07/45 Okinawa 1s ... More
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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
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 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
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21Jul-10Aug44 SU 1st Provisional Marine Bde
1944
GUAM Fallen
PFC Phillip E Allen 07/21/44 Guam Battle of Guam PFC Harold G Austin 07/22/44 Guam July - August 1944 PFC William L Bennett 07/28/44 Guam PFC Elden H Cail 06/28/44 Guam Sgt Joseph H Dickson 07/21/ ... More
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1944
Landing at Emirau
The Landing on Emirau (20-27 March 1944) was the last of the series of operations that made up Operation Cartwheel, General Douglas MacArthur's strategy for the encirclement of the major Japanese bas ... More
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1944 - 1944
Battle of Guam (1944)
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 ... More
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1944 - 1944
Army 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
7Dec41-10May42 Philippines
1942
Army 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
14Mar-9Apr42 Defense of Manila
1942
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Philippine Presidential Unit Citation is a unit decoration of the Republic of the Philippines. It has been awarded to certain units of the United States military for actions both during and subseq ... More
Descriptions
7Dec41-10May42 Philippines
1942
PHILIPPINES Fallen
LtCol Herman R Anderson 01/27/45 Philippines Philippines Casualties PFC Robert L Anderson 10/24/44 Philippines All KIA's / POW's of Ja PFC Roy A Anderson 10/24/44 Philippines December 1941-Septe PF ... More
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1942
Bataan Death March
The Bataan Death March (Filipino: Martsa ng Kamatayan sa Bataan), which began on April 9, 1942, was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60,000–80,000 Filipino and American pri ... More
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1942 - 1942
Battle of Bataan
The Battle of Bataan represented the most intense phase of Imperial Japan's invasion of the Philippines during World War II. The capture of the Philippine Islands was crucial to Japan's effort to cont ... More
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1941 - 1942
Battle of Corregidor
On December 22, Japanese forces landed at Lingayen Gulf on Luzon. Unable to halt the Japanese advance, General Douglas MacArthur ordered US and Filipino forces to retreat to defensive positions on Bat ... More
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1941 - 1942
Defense of Shanghai International Settlement (China)
Defense of the International Settlement during the Sino-Japasese engagements Sept 19, 1937 to Feb 16, 1938
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1937 - 1938
Nanking Incident (China)

(March 21–27, 1927) At 3:38 pm, the NRA soldiers and Chinese rioters were driven off by high explosive rounds and machine gun fire from Emerald, Wolsey, Noa, Preston and Carlotto, and ot ... More
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1927 - 1927
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
Deployment - US Postal Security Operations

Mail robbery in those days was really lucrative. From 1919 to 1921, about $6 million was lost to mail robbers-and back then $6 million was real money. The worst loss was at a robbery on Leonard Str ... More

Lest mail robbery look too attractive for our own good, keep in mind that those were the days before the advent of electronic transfer of funds. Banks and other financial institutions routinely shipped large amounts of cash and negotiable bonds by registered mail. Mail robbery today would be far less profitable.

By the end of 1921, things had gotten so bad that Postmaster General Will H. Hays requested President Harding to direct the U.S. Marine Corps to help guard the mail. On November 7, the same day as the Paxton train robbery, the President sent the following terse letter to the U.S. Navy Secretary Edwin Denby:

My Dear Mr. Secretary:

You will detail as guards for the United States Mails a sufficient number of officers and men of the United States Marine Corps to protect the mails from depredations by robbers and bandits.

You will confer with the Postmaster General as to the details, and will issue the necessary instructions in regard to the performance of this duty.

Very truly yours,

Warren G. Harding

Within a few days, 2,200 Marines and 53 officers, taken mainly from the expeditionary forces kept alert at Quantico, Virginia, and San Diego, California, were spread throughout the country guarding the mail. They usually worked in small detachments of two or three Marines.

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1921 - 1922
Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)
The Mexican Service Medal is an award of the United States military which was established by General Orders of the United States War Department on December 12, 1917. The Mexican Service Medal recogniz ... More
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1911 - 1919
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Fallen
Cpl George Frazee 07/03/16 Dominican Republic 1st 2/4 Marine KIA
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1916
Invasion of the Dominican Republic (Dominican Campaign)
The piecemeal invasion resulted in the US Navy occupying all key positions in government and controlling the army and police. The first landing took place on May 5, 1916, when "two companies of m ... More
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1916 - 1916
 
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