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Unit Details

Strength
Battalion
Type
Ground Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
1941 - Present

Description
3rd Battalion 2nd Marines (3/2) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina consisting of approximately 1000 Marines and Sailors. Nicknamed the "Betio Bastards," they fall under the command of the 2nd Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division.

World War II



Activated 18 January 1941 at San Diego, California. They were assigned to the 2nd Marine Brigade during February 1941. Deployed to Koro Island with the 2nd Marine Division in June 1942. The battalion participated in the following World War II campaigns:




  • Guadalcanal

  • Tarawa

  • Saipan

  • Tinian

  • Okinawa



During the Battle of Tarawa, the battalion participated in the amphibious assault on and capture of the small island of Betio in the Tarawa atoll, earning them the nickname "the Betio Bastards."



Following the war the battalion stood occupation duty in Kagoshima, Japan until February 1946 when they redeployed to Camp Pendleton, California. The battalion was deactivated on 27 March 1946.



Post World War II history



3/2 was reactivated on 28 December 1950 at Camp Pendleton, and were again assigned to the 2nd Marine Division. They deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962



The battalion deployed to Saudi Arabia in August 1990 and participated in Operation Desert Storm in early 1991. In 1994 they participated in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Operation Deny Flight and Operation Provide Promise.



Global War on Terror



In 2003, 3/2 deployed to Kuwait as part of Task Force Tarawa and beginning in March supported Operation Iraqi Freedom. The battalion participated in the battle of Nasiriyah .During this deployment 3/2 had 1 Marine, Sgt. Nicholas M. Hodson, of Springfield, MO killed in action.



During 2004, 3/2 was designated as the AT (anti-terrorism) battalion and was assigned to different areas around the globe. The battalion was spread between Afghanistan, Djibouti, and Cuba.



The battalion again deployed to Iraq in February 2005. The battalion launched major combat operations Operation Matador, Operation Spear, and Operation Quick Strike. They conducted security and stabilization operations in Al Anbar Province until September 2005. During this deployment 3/2 had 3 Marines killed in action.



The battalion again deployed to Iraq in the July 2006. They conducted security and stabilization operations in the Al Anbar Province in the city of Habbaniyah until mid February 2007. During this deployment the battalion had 14 Marines killed in action.



The battalion again deployed to Iraq in October 2007 operating in the Al Qaim region of the Al Anbar Province with Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army. During this deployment the battalion suffered a few casualties, and had a widespread area of operation along the Syrian border and Euphrates river. The Battalion again deployed to the Persian Gulf in May-December 2009 as the Battalion Landing Team for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. In January 2010 the battalion was dispatched as part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to take part in the relief effort following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.



In February 2011, 3/2 was deployed to the Musa Qal'eh and Now Zad districts of Helmand Province, Afghanistan to engage in combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 3/2 returned in September 2011.




Reports To
2nd Marine Regiment
 
Active Reporting Units
 
Inactive Reporting Unit
None
 
1391 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Abely, John, Sgt, (1993-2000)
  • Abolt, Rick, Cpl, (1989-1993)
  • Abraham, Justin, Sgt, (2002-2011)
  • Abraham, Ron, MSgt, (1993-Present)
  • Acevedo, Vincent, Cpl, (2004-2009)
  • Acosta, Jose, SgtMaj, (1979-2008)
  • Adams, James, Cpl, (1986-1991)
  • Adams, Joel, Sgt, (2002-2008)
  • Adesso, Frank, LCpl, (1962-1966)
  • Adkins, Douglas, LCpl, (1986-1990)
  • Adwell, Bob, MGySgt, (1975-Present)
  • Ague, Kevin, LCpl, (1993-1998)
  • Aguilar, Jose, Sgt, (1998-2002)
  • Akers, Johnny, MGySgt, (1994-Present)
  • Alexander, Carroll, GySgt, (1981-2001)
  • Alexander, Homer, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Alkire, Lewis, Cpl, (1973-1977)
  • Alkire, Lewis, Cpl, (1973-1977)
  • Allen, Brian, Cpl, (2006-2010)
  • Allen, Dennis, Cpl, (1982-1985)
  • Allen, Newell, Sgt, (1987-2002)
  • Allendale, Michael, Cpl, (1985-1989)
  • Alllison, Kevin, Cpl, (1972-1975)
  • Alvarado, Porfirio, LCpl, (1977-1981)
  • Alverson, David, Sgt, (1996-2004)
  • Amaya, Cesar, Cpl, (1986-1992)
  • Ambrose, Benjamin, SSgt, (1999-Present)
  • Ammon, Dr Bill, LCpl, (1958-1961)
  • Anderson, Alan, Cpl, (1994-1998)
  • Anderson, Jack, Sgt, (1963-1968)
  • Anderson, Marc, Sgt, (1987-1994)
  • Andrew, Donald, Sgt, (1985-1993)
  • Andrews, Joseph, Sgt, (1983-1994)
  • Andrews, Julian, 1stLt, (1975-1978)
  • Anglada, Irving, Sgt, (1973-1977)
  • Aranda, Giovanni, Cpl, (1991-1995)
  • ARENAS, Manuel, GySgt, (1983-2006)
  • Armstrong, Elvis, Cpl, (2006-2010)
  • ARMSTRONG, TERRY, PFC, (1981-1983)
  • Arnold, Brandon, SSgt, (1995-1999)
  • Arnold, Everett, MSgt, (1970-1992)
  • Arnold, J., Sgt, (1995-2008)
  • Arnold, Tim, Sgt, (2002-2007)
 

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Operation Rawhide II
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2011 - 2011
Operation Unified Response (Haiti)
Operation Unified Response was the United States military's response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. It was conducted by Joint Task Force Haiti and commanded by United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCO ... 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
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
10Oct07-9Feb08 SU II MEF (FWD)
2007
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)
2006
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
Operation Citadel 2
Covered the setup, security and administratin, to allow for the first democratic elections in Iraq
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2005 - 2005
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
Iraq
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
Descriptions
AFGHANISTAN 2003 â?? 2004
2003
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
06Dec01-06Jun02 SU III MEF & MCB Japan
2001
Operation Wildfire 2000
Fighting wildfires in Oregon in cooperation with the Department of Forestry in the Umatilla National Forest.
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2000 - 2000
Operation Joint Guard (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
On 20 December 1996, NATO transitioned its operation in support of the Dayton Peace Accords in Bosnia and Herzegovina from implementation to stabilization. As a result, Operation Joint Endeavor ended ... More
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1996 - 1998
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
May96-Jul98 SU 26th MEU (SOC) (BLT 3/2 only)
1996
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
SU JTF GUANTANAMO CUBA
1995
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
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
Descriptions
9Sep-10Nov90 12Jan-13Mar91 SU Ops DESERT SHIELD/STORM Phib TF (BLT 3/2 only) (Only 1 Award)
1990
Lance Corporal Jason Rother
Lance Corporal Rother incident was a Marine from 3/2 who became lost in the Mojave Desert and unable to be found by his chain of command after an extensive search in August 1988 and died from exp ... More
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1988
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
World War II/American Theater
Defense of American Interests and American property and territories.
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1941 - 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
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 â?? 1943
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 â?? 1942
1942
 
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