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Unit Details

Strength
Battalion
Type
Ground Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
1933 - Present

Description
1st Battalion, 2nd Marines is an Infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, consisting of approximately 900 Marines and sailors.

Active Years
June 1, 1933 – November 1947
October 1949 – present

Reports To
2nd Marine Regiment
 
Active Reporting Units
 
Inactive Reporting Unit
None
 
1107 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Abbott, Richard, CWO5, (1969-2004)
  • Acevedo, Elmer, LCpl, (2012-Present)
  • Ackerman, John, SgtMaj, (1975-2003)
  • Adams, James, SSgt, (1997-2016)
  • Adkins, Joshua, GySgt, (1995-2008)
  • Aguilera, Carlos, 1stSgt, (1999-Present)
  • Ahrens, Kyle, Cpl, (2004-2008)
  • Aiello, Andrew, Cpl, (2000-2004)
  • Albarado, Michael, Cpl, (1993-1997)
  • Alvarez, Anthony, GySgt, (1987-2005)
  • Amador, Christian, LCpl, (1986-1993)
  • Amison, Tim, LCpl, (1985-1989)
  • Anderson, David, Sgt, (1984-1995)
  • Anderson, Jeffrey, SSgt, (2003-Present)
  • Anderson, Paul, Cpl, (1990-1995)
  • Andino, Alberto, SSgt, (2004-Present)
  • Andreano, Thomas, Sgt, (2005-2013)
  • ANKRAH, GLEN, Capt, (1999-Present)
  • Anselmi, Reno, Sgt, (1995-2007)
  • Archbell, James, GySgt, (2000-Present)
  • Armstead, Richard, Cpl, (1966-1969)
  • Ashley, Joe, PFC, (1959-1963)
  • Autin, Brandon, Cpl, (2001-2005)
  • Aviles, Alberto, SgtMaj, (1983-2013)
  • Axe, James, Cpl, (1978-1982)
  • Azzarello, Gerald, LCpl, (2004-2007)
  • BACHMANN, PAUL, Cpl, (1998-2005)
  • Bachmann, William, Sgt, (2000-2004)
  • Bailey, Michael, PFC, (1982-1984)
  • Bailey, Michael, SSgt, (2000-Present)
  • Baker, Bruce, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Balady, Matthew, Cpl, (2005-2010)
  • Ball, Henri, Cpl, (1968-1969)
  • Ballance, Robert, SSgt, (1998-Present)
  • Baluch, James, SSgt, (1994-2005)
  • Bangtson, Chris, LCpl, (1990-1994)
  • Baraby, William, LCpl, (1988-1992)
  • Barajas, Alexander, Sgt, (1987-1993)
  • Barnes, Jonathan, LCpl, (2001-2005)
  • Barnes, Michael, 1stSgt, (1975-1997)
  • Barnett, Timothy, Cpl, (1987-1992)
  • Barringer, Anthony, Cpl, (1987-1991)
  • Barth, Raymond, MSgt, (1995-Present)
  • Barth, Skip, LtCol, (1988-2015)
  • Bartlett, Lewis, Sgt, (1978-1985)
  • Bass, Justin, Sgt, (2000-2008)
 

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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
Operation Moshtarak
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2010 - 2010
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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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
NEO - Operation Silver Wake (Albania)
Operation Silver Wake was a non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) led by the United States to evacuate American citizens, noncombatants and designated third country nationals from Albania in March ... More
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1997 - 1997
NEO - Operation Noble Obelisk (Sierra Leone)

When, on May 25, 1997, rebel forces and military officers overthrough the government of Sierra Leone, a U.S. Army Special detachment already in the country for joint training exercises, moved ... More
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1997 - 1997
NEO - Operation Guardian Retrieval (Congo)
Operation Guardian Retrieval was conducted in response to the unstable situation in the Democratic Peoples Republic Of The Congo (formerly Zaire) in the period March-June 1997.

Followin ... More
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1997 - 1997
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
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Criteria
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to Joint Activities of the Department of Defense for meritorious achievement or service, superior to that which is ... More
Descriptions
Somalia
1993
Operation Restore Hope (Somalia)
The Operation Restore Hope was an operation of the United States and many of its allied countries in Somalia. The operation was protected by the United Nations. The United States was the leader of thi ... More
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1992 - 1993
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
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 Eastern Exit (Somalia)
Operation Eastern Exit was the codename given to the military evacuation of the United States embassy in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in January 1991. In late December 1990, violence quickly env ... More
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1991 - 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
Operation Guantanamo (Cuba)

Colonel Gary A. Blair commands the Marine Barracks Ground Defense/Security Force at Guantanamo Bay. He recalled, "On November 13th, we accumulated three or four Coast Guard cutters out here in ... More

In addition to Coast Guardsmen assigned to each vessel, the additional 150 to 200 Haitians rescued and living aboard for a couple of weeks not only taxed living and sanitation conditions, but made feeding the multitude and simply moving about the ship difficult.

"That's when Navy Captain William McCamy (Naval Base Commander) decided to bring the Haitians ashore. That would give the migrants room to move around, and permit the cutters to return to the Windward Passage to rescue additional Haitians leaving their country for economic or political reasons.

"We began bringing them ashore, and Marine Barracks personnel became involved. We escorted the Haitians to Camp Bulkeley, where Barracks Marines had established a tent camp. And that's basically how it all began."

More fishing boats tried to make the trip from Haiti to the American installation at Guantanamo Bay; some succeeded and others sank. The initial compound at Camp Bulkeley quickly filled to overflowing and on November 22, 1991, the Joint Task Force (JTF) arrived, commanded by Marine Brigadier General George H. Walls Jr. Five more camps were constructed at McCalla Field, using the emergency and helicopter runways.

The concrete expanse measures 6,750 feet and provides solid support to hundreds of tents erected for the migrants. Concertina wire separated the various sections. Lights and shower facilities were installed. Portable heads ("Johns") were emplaced.

"We came down here in a humanitarian role," BrigGen Walls explained. "We provided food, medical care and shelter for the Haitians, while demonstrating how versatile and well prepared the men and women of the Joint Task Force are.

"Many came down here with less than 48-hours notice, expecting to stay for a lot shorter period of time than they have. Some were unsure about what they were going to do when they got here, because this is a one of a kind operation that has never been done before.

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1991 - 1991
Operation Prime Chance (Persian Gulf)
Operation Prime Chance (August 1987 – June 1989) was a United States Special Operations Command operation intended to protect U.S.-flagged oil tankers from Iranian attack during the Iran–I ... More
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1987 - 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
1987
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
1970
NEO - Operation Powerpack (Dominican Republic)
USS Boxer (LPH-4) was acting as flagship for Amphibious Squadron 10 when she answered an urgent call on 25 April from the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She steamed to the ... More
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1965 - 1965
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
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
Deployment - Western Pacific (WESTPAC) Cruise '50
A Western Pacific Cruise is a ship's deployment from her home port, usually lasting between 5 and 8 months. Ships visit different ports such as Phuket, Thailand; Salalah, Oman; Darwin, Australia, Bali ... More
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1950 - 1950
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
Battle for Saipan

The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from 15 June–9 July 1944. The Allied invasion fleet embarking ... More

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1944 - 1944
Battle of Tinian (1944)
The 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions landed on 24 July 1944, supported by naval bombardment and artillery firing across the strait from Saipan. A successful feint for the major settlement of Tinian Town d ... More
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1944 - 1944
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
Tarawa
1943
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
Battle of Tarawa
The Battle of Tarawa (US code name Operation Galvanic) was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II, fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943. It took place at the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbe ... More
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1943 - 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
1942
US Occupation of Haiti
The United States occupation of Haiti began on July 28, 1915, when 330 US Marines landed at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on the authority of US President Woodrow Wilson. The first invasion forces had alread ... More
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1915 - 1934
 
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