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Unit Details

Strength
Schools/Other
Type
Ground Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Disbanded
Year
1942 - 1944

Description
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
None
 
Reports To
Special Operations Units
 
Active Reporting Unit
None
 
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)
 

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  Navy Presidential Unit Citation - 1942
 



Name of Award
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Year Awarded
1942

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

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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