1st Battalion 2nd Marines

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1st Battalion, 2nd Marines
BLT 1-2 Logo.jpg
1st Battalion, 2nd Marines insignia
Active June 1, 1933 – November 1947
October 1949 – present
Country United States
Allegiance  United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Infantry
Part of 2nd Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Nickname Timberwolf
Engagements World War II
* Battle of Guadalcanal
* Battle of Tarawa
* Battle of Saipan
* Battle of Tinian
* Battle of Okinawa
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* Battle of Nasiriyah
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col Bradley C Weston

1st Battalion, 2nd Marines (1/2) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina consisting of approximately 900 Marines and sailors. They fall under the command of the 2nd Marine Regiment and the 2nd Marine Division.

Subordinate units[edit]

  • H&S Company
  • Alpha Company
  • Bravo Company
  • Charlie Company
  • Weapons Company

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines was activated on January 1, 1933 at Camp Haitian, Haiti and spend the next year and a half in Haiti until its deactivation in 1934.

World War II[edit]

Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the battalion was reactivated deployed to the Pacific theater in June 1942. While there, the unit participated in the bloody "island hopping" campaign, fighting at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. After the war, 1/2 spent a brief period on occupation duty in Japan, including Nagasaki, before returning to Camp Lejeune where it stood down in November 1947.

1950s–1990s[edit]

Reactivated again in October 1949, the battalion has since regularly deployed to the Caribbean and Mediterranean regions. 1/2 has seen operational service during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), Dominican intervention (1965), operations in the Persian Gulf (1988), Eastern Exit (Somalia evacuation, 1991), Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990–91), Haitian refugee (1992), Somalia (1993), and Cuba (1994), Operation Noble Obelisk-Freetown, Sierra Leone (1997). The unit has also deployed with the Unit Deployment Program and Camp Lejeune-based MEUs.

Global War on Terror[edit]

In December 2001, the Marines of Bravo Company were recalled off of Christmas leave after completing their six month Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Okinawa. The Marines were sent to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba to provide security for the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, including Camp X-Ray.

Marine CPL's David J. Docimo, Austin Quehl and Dustin Bray with Bravo Company 1/2, raise the US Flag for the 1st time over "Freedom Heights" Camp X-Ray Cuba 2002
A Marine from 1st Battalion clears a building in Iraq
Marines climb a rocky outcrop along the Euphrates River during Operation Koa Canyon in 2006

Operation Iraqi Freedom[edit]

The battalion saw combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of Task Force Tarawa in 2003 and with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2004, having combat operations in Iskandariyah, Musayyib, Haswa, and Jurf Al Sakhar, located in the Babil province. In the summer of 2006, the battalion completed their third tour in Iraq as part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in Hīt located within the Al Anbar province. In March 2007 the battalion on its 4th combat deployment operated in Kahn ar Bagdadi, Ar Rutbah, Albu Hyatt and Anah, located in Al Anbar province. From July 2008 through February 2009 the battalion deployed to Al Habbaniyah in the Al Anbar province. The battalion also spent a portion of its 5th deployment to Iraq in Sinjar, located in the Ninawa province.[1]

Operation Enduring Freedom[edit]

The battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2010. Their area of operations (AO) included Now Zad, Salaam Bazaar, Karimanda, Kunjak, Musa Qal'eh, Allahu Akbar, and the Musa Qal'eh Wadi down to Sangin. The battalion took heavy casualties but was able to push out a large portion of the Taliban in the AO and double the size of the AO that they were responsible for. For their exceptional actions, First Battalion Second Marines, along with several attachments were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation. 1/2 came home in late September 2010 when they were relieved by 1st Battalion 8th Marines.

1/2 deployed again in support of OEF in May 2014. The Marines and Sailors will continue to patrol the surrounding area of the Bastion-Leatherneck complex to ensure the safety of coalition forces operating on the bases until full security responsibility of the area is transferred to the Afghan National Security Forces by the end of the year. [2]

Marines and Sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Bn, 2nd Marines, conduct a security patrol near Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, August 23, 2014.

Notable former members[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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