Combat Assault Battalion
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|Combat Assault Battalion|
Combat Assault Battalion's Insignia
|Active||February 16, 1942 – October 12, 2018|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Part of||3rd Marine Division|
III Marine Expeditionary Force
|Nickname(s)||The Iron Fist|
|Engagements||World War II OIF|
|Edwin B. Wheeler|
Combat Assault Battalion was a mechanized battalion of the United States Marine Corps and subordinate element of the 3rd Marine Division and the III Marine Expeditionary Force. The unit was last based at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan.
- Headquarters and Services Company
- Combat Engineer Company
- Light Armored Reconnaissance Company
- Assault Amphibian Vehicle Company
World War II
Combat Assault Battalion was activated February 16, 1942 at New River, North Carolina as the 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 1st Marine Division. They relocated during May 1942 to Wellington, New Zealand and participated in the following World War II campaigns:
The battalion was deactivated November 17, 1945 at San Diego, California but were again reactivated May 1, 1946 at Camp Pendleton, California as the 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 1st Marine Division.
Participated in the Korean War from the Pusan Perimeter in operations from Inchon to Seoul, Chosin Reservoir, East to Central Front, and the Western Front. Following the war they participated in the defense of the Korean Demilitarized Zone from August 1953 to March 1955. They were relocated during March 1955 to Camp McGill, Japan.
Combat Assault Battalion was reassigned March 16, 1965 to the 3d Marine Division and relocated to Camp Hansen, Okinawa. They deployed during July 1965 to Danang, Republic of Vietnam where they were engaged in combat operations from July 1965 through July 1969. They relocated during July 1969 to Camp Schwab, Okinawa. On April 1, 1976 they were re-designated as the 1st Tracked Vehicle Battalion with two companies of M60A1(RISE Passive) Tanks and two companies of AAV-7's.
1980s and 1990s
Re-designated November 10, 1988 as the 1st Armored Assault Battalion. Again re-designated September 30, 1992 as the Combat Support Group and finally became Combat Assault Battalion on October 5, 1994.
Combat Assault Battalion was deactivated in October, 2018 with the Battalion assets divided between the rest of the 3d Marine Division. Most of the Battalion's assets including AAVs and LAV-25 mechanized vehicles were transferred to 4th Marine Regiment. The Battalion's Combat Engineer Company was be reallocated to other Marine units, including 3d Marine Regiment and 1st Combat Engineer Battalion.
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 appropriate ribbon of the awarded unit citation. The Battalion's flag is decorated with the appropriate streamers. Combat Assault Battalion, and those units for which it carries lineage and honors, was awarded the following:
|Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with one Silver and one Bronze Star||1942, 1944, 1945, 1950, 1951, 1965–1967, 1968||Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam War|
|Navy Unit Commendation Streamer with two Bronze Stars||1952–1953, 1968, 2002–2003||Korea, Vietnam, Western Pacific|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer with one Bronze Star||1967–1968, 1968||Vietnam War|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with one Silver Star and one Bronze Star||1942–1945||Guadalcanal, Finschhafen, New Britain, Peleliu, Okinawa|
|World War II Victory Streamer||1942–1945||Pacific War|
|Navy Occupation Service Streamer with "ASIA"|
|National Defense Service Streamer with three Bronze Stars||1950–1954, 1961–1974, 1990–1995, 2001–present||Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War on Terrorism|
|Korean Service Streamer with two Silver Stars||August 1950 - March 1955||Pusan Perimeter, Inchon-Seoul, Chosin Reservoir, East-Central Front, Western Front, Defense of the Demilitarized Zone|
|Vietnam Service Streamer with two Silver Stars||July 1965 - July 1969||Da Nang, Cua Viet|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer||2001–present|
|Korea Presidential Unit Citation Streamer|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Streamer|
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