2nd Battalion 14th Marines
|2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment|
2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment insignia
|Active||26 March 1943 - present|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Role||Artillery of 4th Marine Division|
|Part of||14th Marine Regiment
4th Marine Division
|Garrison/HQ||Grand Prairie, Texas|
|Engagements||World War II
* Battle of Kwajalein
* Battle of Tinian
* Battle of Iwo Jima
War in Southwest Asia
|LtCol Arthur Czapka|
2nd Battalion, 14th Marines (2/14) is a reserve artillery battalion comprising three firing batteries and a headquarters battery. The battalion headquarters is based in Grand Prairie, Texas. As of 2006 the battalion has become the first fully operational HIMARS battalion in the Marine Corps. Fox Battery, based in Oklahoma City, OK. was deployed in July 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and has the distinction of being the first Marine Corps HIMARS battery to deploy into combat.
Augment and reinforce active Marine forces in time of war, national emergency or contingency operations.
- Headquarters Battery - Grand Prairie, Texas
- Battery D (Delta Battery) — El Paso, Texas
- Battery F (Fox Battery) — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Battery K (Kilo Battery) — Huntsville, Alabama
The Battalion was activated on 26 March 1943 as 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, at Camp Pendleton, California. On 19 August 1943, 2/14 was assigned to the 4th Marine Division. During January 1944, 2/14 was deployed to the Marshall Islands and participated in the following World War II Pacific campaigns: Battle of Kwajalein, Battle of Tinian and the Battle of Iwo Jima. They were redeployed during October 1945 to Camp Pendleton, California and deactivated on 15 November 1945.
The 2/14 was reactivated on 1 July 1962 at NAS Dallas in Grand Prairie, Texas. In February 1966, the 2/14 was assigned to the 4th Marine Division, USMCR. They relocated to a standalone reserve facility near downtown Fort Worth, Texas in 1988. In March 2000 they returned to Grand Prairie, Texas at the Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex.
The battalion participated in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, November 1990-April 1991. 2/14 has additionally deployed batteries in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
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