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3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment

The two-fold mission of 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines is to provide a well-trained and credible force, capable of rapidly mobilizing to augment or reinforce active duty Marine Corps forces participating in missions ranging from humanitarian/peacekeeping operations to major conflicts, in time of war, national emergency or contingency operations and during in peacetime to provided operation tempo relief for active forces throughout the spectrum of operations including Joint and Combined Operations.

In addition to the implied task of continuously training, maintaining, and improving our warfighting capabilities, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines second, but equal, mission is to provide service to the local community. Marines and Sailors throughout the Regiment, actively participate in and support community events. Besides providing casualty assistance, funeral support, and color guards, 24th Marines works in conjunction with the Marine Corps Coordinating Council, the Marine Corps and Navy Leagues and other local civil and fraternal organizations to conduct a wide range of community outreach and support activities.

The Mission of the Inspector-Instructor Staff is to aggressively promote the Community Outreach Program throughout Missouri, Tennessee, and Indiana providing support and assistance as requested and required through, but not limited to, the following channels: "Tell The Marine Corps Story" -Color Guards -Funeral Details -Drug Demand Reduction Program - Assist Various Rescue Missions and Shelters -Setting the example as leaders within the community -Toys for Tots Program - providing gifts for the underprivileged children of the community. The Staff provides the equipment, training, administrative and logistical support necessary for the Marines of 3/24 to accomplish their mission in the most efficient and proficient means possible. It also provides administrative support to retired, former, and active Marines and/or Veterans within the St. Louis area as may be required

Activated on 1 February 1943 at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina, as Headquarters company, 3d Separate Battalion, the Marines of 3d Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment have contributed to the heroic history of the Marine Corps.

During 1943 the Battalion was relocated to Camp Pendleton, California and redesignated, 3rd Battalion 24th Marine Regiment, and assigned to the 4th Marine Division. During 1944 the Battalion was deployed to the Marshall Islands and participated in the Pacific Island campaigns of Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, Roi Namur, and Iwo Jima. Relocated during 1945 to Maui, Territory of Hawaii and then relocated to Camp Pendleton, California the Battalion was deactivated on 31 October 1945.

The Battalion was reactivated on 1 July 1962 at New Orleans, Louisiana, and assigned to the 4th Marine Division, USMCR. During 1967 the Battalion headquarters was relocated to Missouri. During 1990, the Battalion deployed to Saudi Arabia and participated in Operation: Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Southwest Asia Campaign. During 1992 the Battalion returned to Missouri.

Apart from it's role as a "Force in Readiness," the Battalion engages in numerous civic and charitable activities to include the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Campaign, color guards and Funeral Honor details.

3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment is currently authorized to display the following battle streamers with the Battalion's colors: Presidential Unit Citation with 1 star, Asiatic/Pacific campaign with 4 stars World War II Victory

The 24th Marines were activated for operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM on November 1990. In December of 1990 3rd Battalion under the command of Lieutenant Colonel R. G. Guwilliams, was activated and sent to Camp Lejeune, NC for training and refitting. On 1 January 1991 the battalion flew to Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia where they would be assigned the mission to defend Al Jubayl and provide rear area security for I MEF. The battalion continued this mission throughout the Gulf War.




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