2nd Battalion, 1st Marines
2d Battalion, 1st Marines was first activated 1 August 1922 at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as the 2d Battalion, 1st Regiment and assigned to the 2d Brigade. It participated in the occupation of the Dominican Republic, and was deactivated 20 July 1924
It was reactivated 1 March 1941 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the 2d Battalion, 1st Marines and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, fleet Marine Force. The 2d Battalion deployed during April 1941 to Parris Island, SC, and was deactivated 14 June 1941. It was reactivated 11 February 1942 at New River, NC, and assigned to the 1st Marines Division, Fleet Marine Force. The 2d Battalion deployed during July 1942 to Wellington, New Zealand, and participated in the following World War II campaigns: Guadalcanal; Finschhafen; New Britain; Peleliu; and Okinawa. It redeployed during September 1945 to Tiensin, China, and participated in the occupation of North China, September 1945-October 1947.
The 2d Battalion was reactivated 4 August 1950 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. It deployed during August 1950 to Kobe, Japan, and participated in the Korean War, September 1950-July 1953, operating from Inchon-Seoul; Chosin Reservoir; East Central Front; and the Western Front. It participated in the defense of the Korean demilitarized zone from July 1953- April 1955.
Relocated during April 1955 to Camp Pendleton, CA, the 2d Battalion participated in the Battalion transplacement system between the 1st Marine Division and the 3d Marine Division during June 1959-July 1960. It also participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, October-December 1962.
The 2d Battalion deployed during November 1965 to the Republic of Vietnam, and assigned to the 3d Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. It participated in the War in Vietnam, November 1965-May 1971, operating from Hue/Phu Bai; Da Nang; Quang Tri; Thua Thien and Quang Nam. Detached during April 1971 from the 1st Marine Division, the 2d Battalion was reassigned to the 3d Marine Amphibious Brigade, Fleet Marine Force. It relocated during June 1971 to Camp Pendleton, CA, and was reassigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. There it participated during April - May 1975 in Operation New Arrival, the relocation of refugees from Indochina, and participated in numerous training exercises during the 1970's and 1980's. It participated in the Battalion rotation between the 3d Marine Division on Okinawa and Divisions stationed in the United States during the 1980's
The 2d Battalion was deactivated 24 January 1989, and reactivated 9 September 1994 at Camp Pendleton, CA, and assigned to the 1st Marine Division.
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