Unit Details

Ground Unit
1942 - 1944

1st Raider Battalion (designated on Feb. 16, 1942) was commanded by Lt. Col. Merritt A. Edson.

  • Tulagi, Solomon Islands (Aug. 7|9, 1942)

  • Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands (Aug. 10|Oct. 16, 1942)

  • New Georgia (July 5|Aug. 28, 1943)

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117 Members Who Served in This Unit


  • Bagwell, Earl Charles, PFC, (1942-1944)
  • Baldiga, Walter Edward, PFC, (1942-1943)
  • Barker, Milton, Cpl, (1943-1951)
  • Batts, James Howard, Cpl, (1942-1944)
  • Blanchette, Alberic Maurice, Pvt, (1942-1943)
  • Bowers, Vernon, GySgt, (1939-1955)
  • Carpenter, Ralph Gilbert, PFC, (1941-1943)
  • Coffey, Donald James, PFC, (1942-1942)
  • Cracco, Salvatore Anthony, PFC, (1940-1942)
  • Davies, James Lawrence, PFC, (1943-1944)
  • Frink, Leslie Victor, Pvt, (1942-1942)
  • Gawel, John M, Cpl, (1942-1946)

Unit Citations - Display as RibbonBar
Navy Presidential Unit Citation - 1942
World War II Victory Medal - 1945

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World War II Victory Medal
The World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War.
Under the provisions of ALNAV #353-45, dated 22 October 1945, the battalion is eligible for the World War II Victory Medal and is authorized to display the World War II Victory Streamer on the battali ... More
New Georgia Group Operation
This operation was fought during the Pacific war on this group of islands situated in the central Solomons. US forces invaded them as part of an American offensive (CARTWHEEL) to isolate and neutraliz ... More
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1943 - 1943
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
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
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the FIRST MARINE DIVISION For service as follows: Under command of Major General Alexander A. V ... More
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
Battle of Edson's Bloody Ridge
The Battle of Edson's Ridge, also known as the Battle of the Bloody Ridge, Battle of Raiders Ridge, and Battle of the Ridge, was a land battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II between Imperial ... More
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1942 - 1942
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