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Unit Details

Strength
Battalion
Type
E4 Corporal
 
Existing/Disbanded
Disbanded
Year
1944 - 1969

Description

The 27th Marine Regiment was activated on January 10, 1944, as a result of the massive increase in the Marine Corps during World War II. The regiment first saw action during the Battle of Iwo Jima. During the course of the battle they suffered 566 killed, 1,706 wounded, and had 4 Marines receive the Medal of Honor. After the surrender of Japan the regiment was inactivated on January 10, 1946.



The 27th Marines was again reactivated during the Vietnam War on January 1, 1966, but was mainly used as a pool for new replacements before they went overseas. The 2nd and 3rd Battalions were stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. The 1st Battalion was at Marine Corps Air Station at Kane'ohe Bay in Hawaii. During the Tet Offensive in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized an increase in U.S. troop strength in South Vietnam and the 27th Marines was one of the units sent. The 27th Marines became the first Marine regiment to fly into a combat zone. Their deployment overseas put a severe strain on manpower in the Marine Corps and they were returned to the United States before the close of 1968.



A homecoming parade was presented as a Memorial Ceremony downtown San Diego to the lives the regiment had given in Vietnam. The unit was then reassigned to MCB Camp Pendleton within the area of the base called Camp Margarita or the 33 Area.



 




Reports To
27th Marine Regiment
 
Active Reporting Unit
None
 
Inactive Reporting Units
 
121 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Barrera, Robert, Cpl, (1967-1969)
  • Barrera, Roberto, Cpl, (1966-1969)
  • Bennett, Richard, Sgt, (1964-1970)
  • Bogart, David, Cpl, (1967-1970)
  • Boyko, Andrew, GySgt, (1964-1982)
  • BRAKE, WALTER, Sgt, (1967-1970)
  • Burns, David, Cpl, (1967-1969)
  • Calderon, Louie, LCpl, (1966-1970)
  • Carmichael, Randy, Sgt, (1967-1970)
  • Cash, Richard, Cpl, (1966-1969)
  • Choate, John, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Clawson, David, HM2, (1966-1970)
  • Cody, William, Cpl, (1966-1968)
  • Cooney, John, MSgt, (1959-1982)
  • Davis, Lorenzo, MGySgt, (1968-1998)
  • Decareaux, Kenn, LCpl, (1967-1969)
  • Delgado, Ray, Cpl, (1966-1972)
  • Delgado, Raymond, Cpl, (1966-1969)
  • Doggett, James, SSgt, (1966-1972)
  • Doherty, Ken, GySgt, (1960-1980)
  • Dona, Ken, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Enera, Gregory, Sgt, (1967-1970)
  • Escobedo, Henry, Cpl, (1965-1968)
  • Farmer, William, Sgt, (1968-1970)
  • Fimon, Patrick, Cpl, (1967-1971)
  • Fuleky, Tom, LCpl, (1966-1968)
  • Fuller, Joseph, GySgt, (1966-1986)
  • Gasper, Robert, GySgt, (1967-1983)
  • Giusti, Dante, Cpl, (1964-1968)
  • Hawkins, Larry, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • HAYMAN, Charles J, LCpl, (1967-1969)
 

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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
THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION (NAVY) FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM TO FIRST MARINE DIVISION (REINFORCED), FLEET MARINE FORCE For extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty in ac ... 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
Descriptions
The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION TO THIRD BATTALION, TWENTY-SEVENTH MARINES FIRST MARINE DIVISION (REINFORCED) for se ... 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/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
Operation Allen Brook
May 4 – Aug 24; 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Battalions, 27th ... More
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1968 - 1968
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
19-28Feb45 SU Assault Troops, 5th Phib Corps
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
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
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
 
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