16th Marine Regiment (United States)

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16th Marine Regiment
ActiveDecember 1943 - May 1944
CountryUnited States
AllegianceUnited States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Corps
TypeEngineer Regiment
Part of5th Marine Division
EngagementsWorld War II

The 16th Marine Regiment was a composite engineer regiment of the United States Marine Corps subordinate to the 5th Marine Division. While its subordinate battalions went to the Pacific Theater as part of the 5th Marine Division, the Regimental headquarters was disbanded while still in the United States.[1]

Subordinate units[edit]

The regiment comprised two battalions and a headquarters and service company:

  • 1st Battalion, 16th Marines, 5th Engineer Battalion now the 5th Combat Engineer Battalion
  • 2nd Battalion, 16th Marines, 5th Pioneer Battalion
  • 3rd Battalion 16th Marines (no Naval Construction Battalion was ever assigned)


World War II[edit]

The 16th Marines were inactivated on 25 May 1944 with the 5th Engineers and 5th Pioneers activated that same day.[2] For the assault of Iwo Jima the 5th Marine Division created the 5th Shore Party Regiment with the Commanding Officer from the 16th Marines, Col Benjamin W. Gally as commander. It was composed of the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 31st Naval Construction Battalion.[3] The 5th Engineer Battalion was under Divisional control.

Unit awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Marine Corps World War II Order of Battle Fleet Marine Force Ground Units, Rottman p. 220 [1]
  2. ^ The Fifth Marine Division in World War II, Lt John C. Chapin, USMC Historical division, Quantico, VA, August, 1945, Appendix B [2]
  3. ^ US Marine Corps World War II order of battle : ground and air units in the Pacific War, 1939-1945, p.219 [3]


  • Rottman, Gordon L. (2002). U.S. Marine Corps World War II Order of Battle - Ground and Air Units in the Pacific War, 1939 - 1945.’’. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-31906-5.