2nd Battalion, 10th Marines

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2nd Battalion 10th Marines
2nd Battalion 10th Marines Logo.png
2/10 Insignia
Active 11 April 1941 – present
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Artillery
Role Provide fires in support of 2nd Marine Division
Part of 10th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Nickname(s) Pathfinder Battalion
Motto(s) "Second to None"
Engagements

World War II

Operation Desert Storm
War on Terror

Commanders
Current
commander
LtCol Garrett L. Benson

2nd Battalion 10th Marines (2/10) is an artillery battalion of the United States Marine Corps comprising three firing batteries and a headquarters battery. The battalion is stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and its primary weapon system is the M777A2 howitzer[1] with a maximum effective range of 30 km. They fall under the command of the 10th Marine Regiment and 2nd Marine Division.

Subordinate units[edit]

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

The 2nd Battalion 10th Marines was activated on April 11, 1941 as the 4th Battalion 10th Marines. They were deployed with the 6th Marine Regiment to Iceland from Spring 1941 to Spring 1942. In December 1942, they deployed to the Pacific theater. On July 20, 1945 they were re-designated as the 2nd Battalion 10th Marines.

The 2nd Battalion 10th Marines participated in the following World War II battles:

Post World War II[edit]

U.S. Marines with Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment (2/10) set up security and await an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team during a patrol through local Afghan settlements in Habbib Abad, Afghanistan, May 28, 2012

In July 1946, 2/10 relocated to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From 1951 to present, they participated in LF6F deployments: the Cuban Missile Crisis (October - November 1962), the intervention in the Dominican Republic (April - May 1965), Operation Desert Storm (December 1990 - April 1991), Operation Phantom Fury, and the Battle of Abu Ghraib (April 2005) as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The battalion again deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from January to September 2007. During this time they were based out of Camp Fallujah.[2] In January 2009 the battalion again deployed to Iraq as a civil affairs group in support of OIF. During this deployment they were based out of Al Asad Airbase.

In 2012, Echo Battery of 2/10 deployed to Delaram, Afghanistan, at Forward Operating Base Delaram II as base security.[3]

Unit awards[edit]

A unit citation or commendation is an award bestowed upon an organization for the action cited. Members of the unit who participated in said actions are allowed to wear on their uniforms the awarded unit citation. 2/10 has been presented with the following awards:

Ribbon Unit Award
United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg
Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy Unit Commendation
American Defense Service ribbon.svg
American Defense Service Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation ribbon.svg
Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Star
Southwest Asia Service Medal ribbon.svg
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars
Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
Iraq Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze stars
Global war terrorism service ribbon.gif
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Notable former members[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cpl Murray, Joshua (2007-11-20). "2nd Battalion, 10th Marines fire new howitzers". United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2007-11-21. [dead link]
  2. ^ 2/10 Marines return homae after deployment Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Marines provide Delaram II security". 
  4. ^ Hoge, Patrick (22 January 2010). "Oracle prez's affair exposed by billboards". The Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 

References[edit]

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