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Unit Details

Ground Unit
1942 - 1944

1st Raider Battalion (designated on Feb. 16, 1942) was commanded by Lt. Col. Merritt A. Edson.

  • Tulagi, Solomon Islands (Aug. 7|9, 1942)

  • Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands (Aug. 10|Oct. 16, 1942)

  • New Georgia (July 5|Aug. 28, 1943)

Notable Persons
Reports To
Special Operations Units
Active Reporting Unit
Inactive Reporting Units
117 Members Who Served in This Unit


  • Bagwell, Earl Charles, PFC, (1942-1944)
  • Baldiga, Walter Edward, PFC, (1942-1943)
  • Barker, Milton, Cpl, (1943-1951)
  • Batts, James Howard, Cpl, (1942-1944)
  • Blanchette, Alberic Maurice, Pvt, (1942-1943)
  • Bowers, Vernon, GySgt, (1939-1955)
  • Carpenter, Ralph Gilbert, PFC, (1941-1943)
  • Coffey, Donald James, PFC, (1942-1942)
  • Cracco, Salvatore Anthony, PFC, (1940-1942)
  • Davies, James Lawrence, PFC, (1943-1944)
  • Frink, Leslie Victor, Pvt, (1942-1942)
  • Gawel, John M, Cpl, (1942-1946)

  Navy Presidential Unit Citation - 1942

Name of Award
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Year Awarded

Details behind Award:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
to the

For service as follows:
Under command of Major General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC Citation: "The officers and enlisted men of the First Marine Division, Reinforced, from August 7 to December 9, 1942, demonstrated outstanding gallantry and determination in successfully executing forced landings assaults against a number of strongly defended Japanese positions on Tulagi, Gavutu, Tanambogo, Florida and Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands, completely routing all the enemy forces and seizing a most valuable base and airfield within the enemy zone of operations in the South Pacific Ocean. During the above period this Reinforced Division not only held their important strategic positions despite determined and repeated Japanese naval, air and land attacks, but by a series of offensive operations against strong enemy resistance drove the Japanese from the proximity of the airfield and inflicted great losses on them by land and air attacks. The courage and determination displayed in these operations were of an inspiring order."

For the President,
Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy
Last Updated:
Oct 13, 2017
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