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Unit Details

Strength
Regiment
Type
Ground Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
1917 - Present

Description
The 6th Marine Regiment has a rich history steeped in courage and honor. The timeline below offers a quick insight into some of the most significant events in which the Fightin' Sixth has played a distinct role. Please click HERE for information on the Fourragere and its significance to the Regiment. We will soon be posting additional information to our Lineage and Honors page. Please continue to check back often for updates.

6 April 1917
US declares war on Germany and its allies.

11 July 1917
6th Marine Regiment activated at Quantico, Virginia

15 March - 13 May 1918
6th Regiment enters active combat, Toulon sector, Verdun

31 May - 5 June 1918
Aisne Defensive, Chateau-Thierry Sector (Capture of Hill 142, Bouresches, Belleau Wood)



5th Marines and 6th Marines – 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood – Awarded the Fourragere aux couleurs de la Croix de guerre with palm leaf three times.


















18-19 July 1918
Aisne-Marne Offensive (Soissons)

12-16 September 1918
St. Mihiel Offensive (vicinity of Thiaucourt, Xammes, and Joulay)

14 October 1918
Meuse-Argonne Offensive (Champagne), including capture of Blanc Mont Ridge and St. Tienne.

1-11 November 1918
Continuation of Meuse-Argonne Offensive

11 November 1918
Armistice ends hostilities in World War I

17 Nov – 10 Dec 1918
March from the Meuse River in France to Rhine River for occupation duty in Germany.

13 August 1919
6th Regiment deactivated at Quantico, Virginia

15 September 1921
6th Regiment reactivated at Quantico, Virginia

23 September 1922
83d Company, 3d Battalion, 6th Regiment, represented USMC at opening of Brazilian Exposition, Rio de Janeiro.

June 1924 - March 1925
Elements of 6th Regiment participated in expeditionary duty in Cuba and Dominican Republic.

15 March 1925
6th Regiment deactivated at Quantico, Virginia

26 March 1927
6th Regiment reactivated at Philadelphia Navy Yard for duty in China.

1927 - 1929
Duty in China.

31 March 1929
6th Regiment deactivated at San Diego, California

01 September 1934
6th Marines reactivated at San Diego, California

28 August 1937
6th Marines sailed for China on USS Chaumont

18 February 1938
6th Marines departed China for San Diego

31 May 1941
6th Marines sailed from San Diego for Iceland

07 July 1941
Transports bearing 1st Marine Brigade (Provisional), including the 6th Marines, reached Reykjavik, Iceland.

07 December 1941
Japan attacked U.S. Forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing the U.S. into World War II .

31 January 1942
3d Battalion, 6th Marines, departed Iceland for the U.S.

09 March 1942
Last elements of 6th Marines departed Iceland.

30 March 1942
All elements of 6th Marines were again together, at Camp Elliott, near San Diego .

19 October 1942
6th Marines departed U.S. for New Zealand.

01 November 1942
Elements of 6th Marines began arriving in New Zealand.

26 December 1942
2d Marine Division, including 6th Marines, departed New Zealand for Guadalcanal .

04 January 1943
6th Marines landed on Guadalcanal to help replace elements of the 1st Marine Division.

19 February 1943
6th Marines began embarking on ships for movement back to New Zealand.

21 November 1943
Late in the day (D + 1), elements of 6th Marines began landing on Tarawa to reinforce units already fighting there.

23 November 1943
Tarawa declared secured; 6th Marines, less 2d Battalion, began preparing for re-embarkation.

26 November 1943
2d Battalion, 6th Marines, completed mopping-up of remaining islands of Tarawa Atoll.

Dec 1943 - May 1944
6th Marines, along with the rest of the 2d Marine Division, reequipped and trained replacements at Camp Tarawa in Hawaii.

25 May 1944
6th Marines departed Pearl Harbor enroute to Saipan in the Marianas.

15 June - 10 July 1944
6th Marines participated in the battle for Saipan.

24 July - 1 August 1944
6th Marines participated in the battle for Tinian.

01 April 1945
6th Marines participated in a turn-away landing on Okinawa before returning to Saipan.

06 August 1945
Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, followed three days later by a second bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

14 August 1945
President Harry S. Truman announced the surrender of Japan.

22 September 1945
2d Marine Division arrived in Japan for occupation duty.

15 July 1946
6th Marines arrived at Camp Pendleton, California for duty with 3d Marine Brigade. (The remainder of the 2d Marine Division went to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.)

16 September 1947
3d Brigade disbanded; 6th Marines transferred to 1st Marine Division.

01 October 1947
6th Marines temporarily disbanded.

10 October 1947
6th Marines reactivated at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as par t of 2d Marine Division.

June-July 1950
6th Marines sent virtually all units and personnel to 1st Marine Division for Korea, and then began rebuilding the regiment.

15 July 1958
3d Battalion, 6th Marines, as part of 2d Provisional Marine Brigade, landed at Beirut, Lebanon to intervene in a civil war.

29 September 1958
The reinforced 6th Marines arrived in Beirut, while the 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, departed for the continental U.S.

18 October 1958
All Marine units departed Lebanon.

October 1962
Elements of the 6th Marines embarked in amphibious ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

28 April - 6 June 1965
3d Battalion, 6th Marines, landed in the Dominican Republic to intervene in a civil war. Other elements of the regiment deployed to the Dominican Republic shortly afterwards.

1965-1983
6th Marines participated in a long series of training exercises at Camp Lejeune, other bases within the United States, and during numerous deployments with the fleet to the Caribbean, Norway, and the Mediterranean.

October 1983
Elements of 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, transferred to Beirut, Lebanon, as replacements for Marine casualties.

Jan 1989 – Jun 1990
Elements deployed to Panama.

24 Dec 1990 – 10 April 1991
6th Marines participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm

July – October 1994
Elements participated in support of Operation Sea Signal, Cuba

Nov 2001 - Present
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

March 2005 – Oct 2009
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq


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Active Reporting Units
 
Inactive Reporting Unit
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806 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Abernathy, Jason, Cpl, (1992-1996)
  • Adams, Andrew, 2ndLt, (1997-2008)
  • Ahrns, Jared, LCpl, (2009-Present)
  • Akerelrea, Sean, Sgt, (2001-2005)
  • Alberts, Jeremie, Sgt, (2006-Present)
  • Alleman, Samuel, Cpl, (2005-2007)
  • Alley, Michael, Sgt, (1997-Present)
  • Allison, Albert, MGySgt, (1973-2005)
  • Alsup, Randy, Sgt, (1962-1968)
  • Alvarado, Pedro, CWO3, (1979-2001)
  • Amedee, Brett, MSgt, (1994-2008)
  • Amerena, Joseph, Sgt, (1943-1946)
  • Ammon, Walter, LCpl, (1959-1963)
  • Anderson, Brian, Sgt, (1988-1996)
  • Andreas, Robert, PFC, (1960-1964)
  • Angel, Mark, Cpl, (1997-2002)
  • Angelovic, Chris, Cpl, (1992-1996)
  • Argenbright, William, GySgt, (2014-Present)
  • Arnold, Richard, GySgt, (1989-Present)
  • Atkinson, Joe, Maj, (2003-Present)
  • Aycock, Mickey, LCpl, (1981-1981)
  • Azmitia, Omar, SCPO, (1994-Present)
  • Bailey, John, Sgt, (1998-2006)
  • Bailey, Ronald, MGen, (1977-Present)
  • Baker, Charles, MSgt, (1994-Present)
  • Baleanu, Ruben, Cpl, (2004-2008)
  • Banning, David, LCpl, (2006-Present)
  • Barker, Carl, Cpl, (1983-1989)
  • Barrington, Victor, Sgt, (1987-1998)
  • Bass, Tanner, CWO2, (1997-Present)
  • Bates, Larry, Sgt, (1968-1972)
  • Beadles, Damon, LCpl, (1997-2001)
 

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Unit History
  • WWI (Jan 10, 1919)
    The 6th Marine Regiment was first organized at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on 11 July 1917...
  • WWII (Jan 10, 1947)
    When the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, the 6th Marines was temporarily detached from i...
 
Battle/Operations History
 
Unit News and Information
Unit Photos (Jan 10, 2017) 2
Photo Album
 
Unit Timeline
Notable Members
Clifton B. Cates, General, USMC. Served with 96th Company, 2nd Battalion during World War I. Oscar R. Cauldwell, Major General, USMC. Served with 95th Company, 1st Battalion during World War I. Jose ... More
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2017
Global War on Terrorism
In the first part of 2004, Headquarters Company, 6th Marines, deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under the operational title Regimental Combat Team 6. Du ... More
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2017
Iraq Campaign Medal
Criteria
The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous ... More
2009
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Criteria
To be eligible for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Service member must be assigned or attached to a unit participating in Operation Enduring Freedom for 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive ... More
Descriptions
deployed to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan
2007
Iraq Campaign Medal
Criteria
The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous ... More
2007
Iraq Campaign Medal
Criteria
The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous ... More
2007
Iraq Campaign Medal
Criteria
The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous ... More
2007
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
Individuals authorized the award of this medal must have been deployed abroad for service in the Global War on Terrorism operations on or after September 11, 2001, and to a future date to be determine ... More
2007
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Criteria
To be eligible for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Service member must be assigned or attached to a unit participating in Operation Enduring Freedom for 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive ... More
Descriptions
deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
2004
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service ... More
2001
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Criteria
Individuals authorized the award of this medal must have participated in or served in support of Global War on Terrorism operations on or after September 11, 2001 and to a future date to be determined ... More
2001
Cold War Operations
The regiment returned to the United States and joined the Second Marine Division in 1949. Since that time, it has frequently deployed units to the Mediterranean and Caribbean areas. Operation Deep Wat ... More
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1999
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
SOUTHWEST ASIA 1990 - 1991
1991
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Criteria
The Southwest Asia Service Medal is awarded for service in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees North latitude and west ... More
1991
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Criteria
The Southwest Asia Service Medal is awarded for service in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees North latitude and west ... More
1991
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Criteria
Service must have been performed in support of Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait, between 17 January 1991 to 28 February 1991. Eligible areas include: The Persian Gulf, The Red Sea, ... More
1991
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Criteria
Awarded to members of the Military Coalition who served in support of Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm in one or more of the following areas between 2 August 1990 and 31 August 1993: Persian Gu ... More
1991
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service ... More
1990
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio ... More
Descriptions
Panama
1990
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Criteria
The Southwest Asia Service Medal is awarded for service in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees North latitude and west ... More
1990
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal is awarded to Marine Corps personnel who land on foreign territory, engage in operations against armed opposition, or who operate under circumstances deemed to mer ... More
Descriptions
Lebanon - Embassy
1984
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal is awarded to Marine Corps personnel who land on foreign territory, engage in operations against armed opposition, or who operate under circumstances deemed to mer ... More
Descriptions
Beirut, Lebanon
1983
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio ... More
Descriptions
Cuban Missile Crisis
1962
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service ... More
1961
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio ... More
Descriptions
Lebanon (1958 Lebanon crisis 1 July 1958 1 November 1958
1958
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service ... More
1950
WWII
When the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, the 6th Marines was temporarily detached from its parent 2nd Marine Division to defend Iceland while assigned to the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade ... More
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1947
World War II Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War.
1946
Navy Occupation Service Medal
Criteria
Occupation duty in the European-African-Middle Eastern area may be credited to organizations for duty performed on and subsequent to May 8, 1945. Terminal dates for eligibility periods and occupation ... More
Descriptions
Europe
1946
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
Descriptions
Okinawa
1945
Navy Occupation Service Medal
Criteria
Occupation duty in the European-African-Middle Eastern area may be credited to organizations for duty performed on and subsequent to May 8, 1945. Terminal dates for eligibility periods and occupation ... More
Descriptions
22 September 1945 2d Marine Division arrived in Japan for occupation duty.
1945
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
Descriptions
Saipan
1944
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
Descriptions
Tinian
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
WORLD WAR II TARAWA - 1943
1943
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
Descriptions
Tarawa
1943
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
1943
Europe-Afica-Middle Eastern Campaign
Criteria
The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, ... More
Descriptions
Iceland
1942
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
Descriptions
Guadalcanal
1942
American Defense Service Medal
Criteria
The American Defense Service Medal was awarded for service in the Armed Forces between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941. Army members had to serve 12 months to be eligible, but Navy and Marine ... More
Descriptions
31 May 1941 6th Marines sailed from San Diego for Iceland 07 July 1941 Transports bearing 1st Marine Brigade (Provisional), including the 6th Marines, reached Reykjavik, Iceland.
1941
American Campaign Medal
Criteria
The American Campaign Medal was awarded for For thirty days service outside the Continental United States but within the American Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946; or, ... More
1941
Between WI and WWII
The 6th Marine Regiment was reactivated in 1921 at Marine Base Quantico where it was brigaded with the 5th Regiment. Together, these storied units conducted training and made national headlines by par ... More
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1940
China Service Medal
Criteria
The China Service Medal was awarded to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel who: Served ashore in China or who were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of the operations in ... More
Descriptions
28 August 1937 6th Marines sailed for China on USS Chaumont 18 February 1938 6th Marines departed China for San Diego
1937
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal is awarded to Marine Corps personnel who land on foreign territory, engage in operations against armed opposition, or who operate under circumstances deemed to mer ... More
Descriptions
China (Canton): December 1927
1927
Yangtze River Service Medal
Criteria
To commemorate the services performed by the personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps during the operations in the valley of the Yangtze River, China, in 1926 and 1927, and 1930 and 1932, a medal to be ... More
Descriptions
26 March 1927 6th Regiment reactivated at Philadelphia Navy Yard for duty in China. 1927 - 1929 Duty in China.
1927
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal is awarded to Marine Corps personnel who land on foreign territory, engage in operations against armed opposition, or who operate under circumstances deemed to mer ... More
Descriptions
Dominican Republic: November 12, 1918 - September 1924
1924
WWI
The 6th Marine Regiment was first organized at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on 11 July 1917 under the command of Medal of Honor holder Colonel Albertus W. Catlin.[1] The regiment included thr ... More
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1919
WWI Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War I Victory Medal was awarded for military service during the First World War. It was awarded for active service between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918; for service with the American ... More
Descriptions
Battle of Belleau Wood
1918
WWI Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War I Victory Medal was awarded for military service during the First World War. It was awarded for active service between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918; for service with the American ... More
Descriptions
Toulon
1918
WWI Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War I Victory Medal was awarded for military service during the First World War. It was awarded for active service between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918; for service with the American ... More
Descriptions
Aisne Defensive
1918
WWI Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War I Victory Medal was awarded for military service during the First World War. It was awarded for active service between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918; for service with the American ... More
Descriptions
Aisne-Marne Offensive (Soissons)
1918
WWI Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War I Victory Medal was awarded for military service during the First World War. It was awarded for active service between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918; for service with the American ... More
Descriptions
St. Mihiel Offensive (vicinity of Thiaucourt, Xammes, and Joulay)
1918
WWI Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War I Victory Medal was awarded for military service during the First World War. It was awarded for active service between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918; for service with the American ... More
Descriptions
Meuse-Argonne Offensive (Champagne), including capture of Blanc Mont Ridge and St. Tienne.
1918
French Croix De Guerre WWI
Devices : Silver Gilt Star
Criteria
The Croix de guerre 1914�1918 is a French military decoration, the first version of the Croix de guerre. It was created to recognize French and allied soldiers who were cited for their service durin ... More
1918
French Croix De Guerre WWI
Criteria
The Croix de guerre 1914�1918 is a French military decoration, the first version of the Croix de guerre. It was created to recognize French and allied soldiers who were cited for their service durin ... More
1918
French Croix De Guerre WWI
Criteria
The Croix de guerre 1914�1918 is a French military decoration, the first version of the Croix de guerre. It was created to recognize French and allied soldiers who were cited for their service durin ... More
1918
Army of Occupation of Germany Medal
Criteria
The Army of Occupation of Germany Medal commemorates military service in the occupation of Germany after the First World War. It was awarded to members of the Armed Forces for service with the occupat ... More
Descriptions
11 November 1918 Armistice ends hostilities in World War I 17 Nov â?? 10 Dec 1918 March from the Meuse River in France to Rhine River for occupation duty in Germany.
1918
 
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