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Regiment
Type
Ground Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Deactivated
Year
1944 - 1975

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Not Specified
 
Notable Persons
MOH WWII 1945 - PFC William Robert Caddy
CADDY, WILLIAM ROBERT Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 8 August 1925, Quincy, Mass. Accredited to: Massachusetts. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company I, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, 3 March 1945. Consistently aggressive, Pfc. Caddy boldly defied shattering Japanese machinegun and small arms fire to move forward with his platoon leader and another marine during the determined advance of his company through an isolated sector and, gaining the comparative safety of a shell hole, took temporary cover with his comrades. Immediately pinned down by deadly sniper fire from a well-concealed position, he made several unsuccessful attempts to again move forward and then, joined by his platoon leader, engaged the enemy in a fierce exchange of hand grenades until a Japanese grenade fell beyond reach in the shell hole. Fearlessly disregarding all personal danger, Pfc. Caddy instantly dived on the deadly missile, absorbing the exploding charge in his own body and protecting the others from serious injury. Stouthearted and indomitable, he unhesitatingly yielded his own life that his fellow marines might carry on the relentless battle against a fanatic enemy. His dauntless courage and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon Pfc. Caddy and upon the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his comrades.
Date: 3 Mar 1945
Unit: Company I, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division
MOH WWII 1945 - Cpl Charles Joseph Berry
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Corporal Charles Joseph Berry, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as member of a machinegun crew, serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 3 March 1945. Stationed in the front lines, Corporal Berry manned his weapon with alert readiness as he maintained a constant vigil with other members of his guncrew during the hazardous night hours. When infiltrating Japanese soldiers launched a surprise attack shortly after midnight in an attempt to overrun his position, he engaged in a pitched hand grenade duel, returning the dangerous weapons with prompt and deadly accuracy until an enemy grenade landed in the foxhole. Determined to save his comrades, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and immediately dived on the deadly missile, absorbing the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his own body and protecting the others from serious injury. Stouthearted and indomitable, Corporal Berry fearlessly yielded his own life that his fellow Marines might carry on the relentless battle against a ruthless enemy and his superb valor and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: 3-Mar-45
Unit: 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division
Navy Cross WWII 1945 - TSgt Walter Henry Allen
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Walter H. Allen (MCSN: 284778), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Squad Leader of Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 22 February 1945. While leading his squad through heavy small-arms and artillery fire in an assault on a strongly defended enemy position, Sergeant Allen and his men became isolated in front of his platoon which received heavy casualties, including the Platoon Leader. With his squad vulnerable on the flanks and in the rear, he repeatedly exposed himself to the heavy fire while deploying his squad to cover the platoon front and, after contacting units on his left and right, renewed the attack on his own initiative, knocking out at least two pillboxes and many other hostile installations. He then sent word of the situation to his Company Commander and, despite additional casualties among his men, captured the enemy position and continued to advance along the platoon front until ordered to stop. His aggressive leadership, determined fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: 22-Feb-45
Unit: Company H, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division
 
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3 Members Who Served in This Unit


 
  • Hatley, Guy, Sgt, (1968-1974)
  • Robinson, Thomas, LCpl, (1966-1970)
  • Rosselli, Anthony, Cpl, (1966-1968)
 

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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/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/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
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CITATION: For extraordinary heroism in action against North Vietnamese Army forces during the battle for Khe Sanh in the Republic of Vietnam from 20 January to 1 April 1968. Throughout this period, ... More
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
1968
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
1968
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.
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
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3rd Marine Division, 8 March 1965 to 15 September 1967: (26th Marines)
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
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
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
HQ 26th Marines and 3rd Bn return to San Diego
31 Jan - 19 Feb, Hq 26th Marines and 3rd Bn 26th Marines depart Peleliu & return to San Diego.
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1946
Hq 26th Marines and 3rd Bn deactivated at Camp Pendleton, CA.
05 Mar 1946, Hq 26th Marines and 3rd Bn 26th Marines deactivated at Camp Pendleton, CA.
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1946
1/26th Marines moved from Palau Islands to Guam
10 Mar - 13 Mar 1st Bn 26th Marines moved from Palau Islands to Guam.
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1946
1/26th Marines deactivated at Guam, Marianas Islands
15 Mar 1946, 1st Bn 26th Marines deactivated at Guam, Marianas Islands.
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1946
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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CITATION: "For extraordinary heroism in action during the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, February 19 to 28, 1945. Landing against resistance which rapidly increased in ... More
1945
Regiment sailed for Iwo Jima
27 Jan 1945, Sailed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for Iwo Jima
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1945
26th Marine Regiment Assaults Iwo Jima
Monday dawned bright but chilly and the American offensive started once again with the 9th Marines attacked 'Hill Peter' but were once again frustrated in their advance. On the left flank, the 5th Mar ... More
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1945
26th Marines secure a foothold on Hill 382
On the right flank, the 25th Marines kept up pressure on both the 'Turkey Knob' and Hill 382. The 1st Battalion attempted pre-dawn infiltrations but they were driven back by mortar and machine gun fir ... More
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1945
26th Marines attacking Hill 362B
By this point, the Americans were in control of some two-thirds of Iwo Jima but the combat efficiency of many units was becoming an ever more pressing problem. Casualty figures were starting to assume ... More
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1945
26th Marines advancing north of Nishi Village
The 5th Marine Division saw a steady advance with the 26th Marines advancing north of Nishi Village. As the advance elements topped a ridge they were surprised by the lack of resistance that they enco ... More
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1945
26th Marines Returned to Hawaii
27 Mar - 15 Apr, Departed Iwo Jima and Returned to Hawaii.
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1945
26th Marine Regiment redesignated units
01 Aug 1945, Co.G 3/26 redesignated Co.L. Co.H 3/26 redesignated Co.K. Marine Corps changed from 3 Rifle Companies to 4 Rifle Companies per Battalion. Companies A,B,C,D are 1st Bn; E,F,G,H are 2d Bn; ... More
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1945
26th Marines sail to Japan
01 Sep - 22 Sep Embarked at Pearl Harbor and transported to Sasebo, Japan.
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1945
26th Marines [less 2/26] enroute to Palau Islands
21 Oct - 26 Oct, 26th Marines (Reinforced) [less 2/26] enroute to Peleliu, Palau Islands to relieve 111th Infantry as Peleliu Garrison force.
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1945
2d Bn, 26th Marines deactivated at Ainoura, Japan.
31 Oct 1945, 2nd Battalion 26th Marines deactivated at Ainoura, Japan.[About 30mi North of Nagasaki.]
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1945
Battle of Iwo Jima
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the ... More
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1945 - 1945
26th Marines, 5th Marine Division activated
19 Jan 1944, 1st Bn & 2nd Bn 26th Marines, activated at Camp Pendleton. 01 Feb 1944, Co's A,B & C 1/26 and E,F & G 2/26 activated at Camp Pendleton. 15 Feb 1944, 3rd Bn 26th Marines activa ... More
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1944
Regiment conducting landing exercises and prepped for deployment
07 Jul 1944 , Embarked at San Diego, CA for landing exercise at San Clemente Island, to be followed by a landing off the California coast with the mission of seizing "Pendleton Island." 12 ... More
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1944
Detached from 5th Marine Division
On 22 Jul 1944, Was reinforced, detached from 5th Marine Division, and sailed from San Diego to report to Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean areas, as area reserve for the 1st Provisional Marine Brig ... More
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1944
Regiment Arrived at Hilo, Hawaii
29 Dec 1944, Arrive at Hilo, Hawaii. Moved to Camp Tarawa at Kamuela.
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1944
 
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