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1st Battalion, 2nd Marines

Activated 1 January 1933 at Camp Haitian, Haiti as the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines and assigned to the 1st Brigade. It was relocated during August 1934 to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The unit was deactivated 8 August 1934.

The unit was reactivated 7 January 1941 at San Diego, California as 1st Battalion 2nd Marines and assigned to the 2nd Brigade. It was reassigned during February 1941 to the 2nd Marine Division. The unit was deployed during June-July 1942 to Koro Island. It participated in the following World War II campaigns: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa.

1-2 redeployed during September 1945 to Nagasaki, Japan. It redeployed again during June-July 1946 to Camp LeJeune, NC. It was deactivated 18 November 1947.

It was reactivated 17 October 1949 an Camp LeJeune, NC as the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines and assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. Assigned at various times from 1949 to the present as Battalion landing team in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

It participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, October-December 1962. It also participated in the intervention in the Dominican Republic, May 1965. It was placed under the operational control of the 3rd Marine, Division at various periods throughout the 1980s for deployment to the Western Pacific 1988-1995.

Elements participated in operations in the Persian Gulf, April 1988. Elements participated in operation Eastern Exit Somalia, January 1991. The unit Participated in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, August 1990-April 1991. It also participated in Haitian refugee operation, Cuba, May-June 1992. 1-2 also participated in operations in Somalia, March-August 1993. It also participated in operation Sea Signal, Cuba, September-December 1994




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