Pearson, Al, MGySgt

Military Police
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 Service Details
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Current Service Status
USMC Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Master Gunnery Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
5811-Military Policeman
Current/Last MOSGroup
Military Police
Previously Held MOS
0331-Machine Gunner
0341-Mortar Man
8511-Drill Instructor
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
5813-Accident Investigator
Primary Unit
1983-1986, 5811, MCB Camp Butler, Okinawa/H&S Bn
Service Years
1956 - 1986
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Shellback Certificate
Suez Canal Certificate
Cold War Certificate
Great Lakes Certificate

Master Gunnery Sergeant

Seven Hash Marks


 Official Badges 

Military Police

 Unofficial Badges 

Drill Instructor

 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)Detachment 816Post 9723, OkinawaChapter 10
Post 79USMC East Coast Drill Instructors AssociationMarine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)
  1970, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified]
  1979, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  1987, Marine Corps League, Detachment 816 (Life Member) (Okinawa, Japan) [Verified]
  1991, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 9723, Okinawa (Life Member) (FPO, AP) [Verified]
  2009, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 10 (Member At Large) (El Paso, Texas) [Verified]
  2010, American Legion, Post 79 (Paid Up For Life) (New Port Richey, Florida) [Verified]
  2011, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 165 (Red Eyed Gnawer) (El Paso, Texas) [Verified]
  2012, USMC East Coast Drill Instructors Association [Verified]
  2012, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am fully retired. I volunteer with visiting sick and confined hospital comrades. Assist widows and orphans of our departed comrades.

I was a 0311 during ITR. Afterwards I served as a 0331 Machine Gunner. In 1963 I was assigned to H&S Co 2/8, CLNC and become a 0341 81 Mortarman. I was assigned as a MP 5811/5813 from Jan71 to  my 30 years were completed on 01 July 1986.
Other Comments:
I served my 1st 15 yrs as Infantry and my last 15 as Military Police Provost Sgt/Accident Investigator.

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  1957-1958, 0331, 2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)
From Month/Year
June / 1957
To Month/Year
August / 1958
2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9) Unit Page
0331-Machine Gunner
/Japan Jun57 Oct58/ Okinawa Oct57 to Aug58
 2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9) Details

2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)
1917 - 1937
Activated on November 20, 1917 at Quantico, Virginia.

Sent to Cuba to control Rebellion

Sent to Texas to protect oil shipments from Mexico

Disbanded April 25, 1919

Reactivated in 1925.

Assigned to train reserve Marines

Disbanded in 1937

1942 - 1945
Activated 1 April 1942 at Camp Elliott, San Diego, California, as the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines and assigned to the 2nd Marine Division

Reassigned during August 1942 to Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet

Relocated during September 1942 to Camp Pendleton, California, and reassigned to the Advanced Echelon, 3rd Marine Division

Reassigned during November 1942 to the 3rd Marine Division

Deployed during January-February 1943 to Auckland, New Zealand

Redeployed during June-July 1943 to Guadalcanal

Participated in the following World War II Campaigns:

Northern Solomons
Iwo Jima

Relocated during November-December to Camp Pendleton, California

Deactivated 31 December 1945

2nd Battalion - 9th Marines

1952 - 1965

Reactivated 9 April 1952 at Camp Pendleton, California, and assigned to the 3rd Marine Division

Deployed during August 1953 to Camp Gifu, Japan

Redeployed during June 1954 to Camp Sakai, Japan

Redeployed during July 1955 to Camp Kawasaki, Okinawa

Redeployed during September 1955 to Camp Napunja, Okinawa

Redeployed during January 1956 to Camp Sukiran, Okinawa

Redeployed during March-April 1957 to Camp Fuji, Japan

Redeployed during October 1957 to Camp Hauge, Okinawa

Redeployed during February 1958 to Camp Kinser, Okinawa

Participated in the Battalion Transplacement System between the 1st Marine Division and the 3rd Marine Division during June 1959 to December 1960

Deployed at various times between 1960-1965 as the Battalion Landing Team of the Seventh Fleet

2nd Battalion - 9th Marines

1965 -1990

Redeployed during July 1965 to Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam

Participated in the war in Vietnam, July 1965 - August 1969 , operating from:

Da Nang
Than Cam Son
Hue/Phu Bai
Ca Lu
Dong Ha
Quang Tri
Camp Carrol
Cua Viet
Cam Lo
Con Thien
Vandergift Combat Base

Redeployed during August 1969 to Camp Schwab, Okinawa, and assigned to the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade

Reassigned during November 1969 to the 3rd Marine Division

Deployed at various times between 1969 - 1971 as the Battalion Landing Team of the Seventh Fleet

Participated in the Typhoon Relief Operations in the Philippines during October 1970

Elements of the Battalion Participated in the Mayaguez Operation, May 1975

Relocated during October 1978 to Camp Hansen, Okinawa

2nd Battalion - 9th Marines

1991 - 2009

Participated in Operation Fiery Vigil, Philippines, June 1991

Participated in Operation Desert Storm, Persian Gulf, September 1991

Participated in Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, December 1992 - February 1993

Deactivated 9 September 1994

Reactivated 13 July 2007 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and assigned to 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division

Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, September 2008-April 2009

Participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2010-2013

Deactivated 01 April 2015.

Combat - Ground Unit
Parent Unit
9th Marine Regiment
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2014
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Great Marine Brothers!

Other Memories
Lee Trevino was in our Light Machine Gun Platoon. Lee "Buck" Trevino to become a Great Pro Golfer.

My Photos For This Unit
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25 Members Also There at Same Time
2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)

Young, Gabe, Sgt, (1955-1959) 3 0331 Corporal
Rodriguez, Antonio, GySgt, (1955-1976) 3 0331 Private 1st Class
Sutter, Rudoph, LtCol, (1944-1957) 3 0302 Captain
Shimabukuro, Kenyu, GySgt, (1952-1968) 3 0311 Sergeant
Gurath, Daniel, PFC, (1958-1960) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Goyette, David, SSgt, (1958-1966) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Kline, Gerald, Cpl, (1957-1963) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Locke, Norman E., LCpl, (1957-1962) 3 0351 Private 1st Class
Stoppa, Frank, PFC, (1956-1959) 3 0300 Private 1st Class
Depaepe, Frank R, Cpl, (1955-1959) 3 Private
Welch, Max, Sgt, (1953-1961) 25 2531 Sergeant
Arango, Phillip, LCpl, (1955-1963) 58 5811 Lance Corporal
Callies, Jack, PFC, (1956-1958) 25 2531 Private 1st Class
Quiocho, Albert, 1stSgt, (1955-1975) 3 Corporal
Bowyer, Bernard, Capt, (1949-1970) 1 Staff Sergeant
81 Mortars

Trimble, Stephen, 1stLt, (1955-1958) 3 0302 Second Lieutenant
Mitchell, Kent, Cpl, (1956-1960) 25 2531 Private 1st Class
Battalion Landing Team (BLT 2/9)

Apodaca, Anthony, Cpl, (1958-1963) 3 0311 Corporal
Echo Co

Wawrzyniak, Stanley, LtCol, (1940-1981) 3 0302 Captain
Hanlon, Art, PFC, (1958-1962) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Thompson, Keith, Maj, (1955-1979) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Brown, Richard, Sgt, (1959-1967) 35 3531 Lance Corporal
Fox Co

Lee, Howard V, LtCol, (1955-1975) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
H&S Co

Petro, George, LtCol, (1940-1958) 3 0302 Major
Hotel Co.

Kearney, Reginald, LCpl, (1956-1960) 3 0331 Lance Corporal
Weapons Co

Mitchell, Kent, Cpl, (1956-1960) 25 2531 Corporal

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