3rd Battalion 14th Marines

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3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment
3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment insignia
Active N/A
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Artillery
Role Provide fires in support of 4th Marine Division
Part of 14th Marine Regiment
4th Marine Division
Garrison/HQ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Engagements World War II
* Battle of Iwo Jima
Iraq Campaign

3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment (3/14) is a reserve artillery battalion comprising four firing batteries and a headquarters battery. The battalion is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and its primary weapon system is the M777 howitzer with a maximum effective range of 30 km. They fall under the command of the 14th Marine Regiment and the 4th Marine Division.

Battery M, or "Mike Battery", is currently commanded by Major Mike Abrams.

Current units[edit]

Name Location
Headquarters Battery Bristol, Pennsylvania
Golf Battery Fort Dix, New Jersey
Hotel Battery Richmond, Virginia
India Battery Allentown, Pennsylvania
Mike Battery Chattanooga, Tennessee


Global War on Terror[edit]

A Marine with Battery M, 3/14 hammers a door during a cache search in Rutbah, Iraq.

Operation Iraqi Freedom[edit]

In 2004, Mike Battery, out of Chattanooga, Tennessee deployed to Fallujah, Iraq and took part in Operation Phantom Fury to re-take the insurgent-held city.

They later deployed again in 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this second deployment, they were attached to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5 and operated in the vicinity of Ar Rutbah under the callsign, "Excalibur".[1] In 2007, the unit suffered one casualty Cpl Dustin J. Lee.

Global War on Terror[edit]

On July 16, 2015, four Marines with Mike Battery's Inspector-Instructor staff were killed by a gunman who was embarking on a shooting spree targeting military installations. In addition, a sailor died from his wounds a two days later.

Some of the 3/14 Marines killed in action were reportedly killed while returning fire at the gunman, providing cover for a larger group of potential victims who were escaping over a fence. They were identified as:[2][3][4][5][6]

Name Age Hometown Branch Rank
Carson A. Holmquist 25 Grantsburg, Wisconsin Marine Corps Sergeant
Thomas J. Sullivan 40 Springfield, Massachusetts Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant
Squire K. "Skip" Wells 21 Marietta, Georgia Marine Corps Lance Corporal
David A. Wyatt 37 Russellville, Arkansas Marine Corps Staff Sergeant

In addition, Sergeant DeMonte Cheeley,[7] was shot in the leg.[8][9]

The Battery Commander during the shootings, Major Mike Abrams, declared during the memorial service that his Marines "were selfless in their efforts to take care of one another, and they acted with unquestionable courage."[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tomlinson, Ryan (20 June 2008). "‘Excalibur’ owns the night". marines.mil. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  2. ^ McClam, Erin (July 22, 2015). "Chattanooga Shooting: Service Member Opened Fire on Gunman Mohammad Abdulazeez". NBC News. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kunzelman, Michael; Foody, Kathleen (July 17, 2015). "How did gunman go from ordinary suburban kid to killer?". Yahoo! News. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Chattanooga Shooting Suspect's Trip to Jordan Scrutinized by Authorities". The Wall Street Journal. July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Tennessee gunman had unremarkable past; his 5th victim dies". MSN. July 18, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ Fausset, Richard; Pérez-Peña, Richard; Apuzzo, Matt (July 22, 2015). "Service Members Risked Lives During Chattanooga Attack, Officials Say". The New York Times. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Four misconceptions about the Chattanooga shooting". Chattanooga Times Free Press. July 24, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Four Marines Killed in Chattanooga Shootings". The New York Times. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Dickson, Caitlin (July 17, 2015). "Chattanooga shooting victims: IDs of 4 Marines become known". Yahoo! News. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ Brady, Terry (August 15, 2015). "Families, Friends Pay Last Respects to Chattanooga Victims". marines.mil. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 


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