1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment
The mission of 1/24 4th Marine Division is to provide trained combat and combat support personnel and units to augment and reinforce the active component in time of war, national emergency, and at other times as national security requires; and have the capability to reconstitute the Division, if required.
The United States Marine Corps has had a long distinguished history in the City of Detroit, a history that is intertwined with the Brodhead Naval Armory, the long-time home of Detroit's Marines.
On July 5, 1922 the Marines first came to the City when a volunteer Marine Corps Reserve company was activated with a strength of 70 men. In 1926 the company designated as the 306th Company of the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Reserve before being redesignated in 1929 as Company "B" of the 8th Reserve Battalion, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.
In October of 1938, Detroit became the home of a second company of Marines, Company "D" of the 8th Reserve Battalion. Shortly thereafter, in November of 1940, the 8th Reserve Battalion was mobilized as an individual active duty battalion before being integrated into the First Marine Brigade in January of 1941. As part of the First Marine Brigade, the battalion fought valiantly in World War II in the South Pacific.
In August of 1946, Detroit's Marines were formed into the 17th Infantry Battalion. Four short years later, the reservists of the 1st Battalion were mobilized and reported to Camp Pendleton, California, where many joined the units of the 1st Marine Division in Korea, in the fall and winter of 1950.
In July of 1962, the City's Marines became Headquarters & Service of the 1st Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment when the 4th Marine Division was reactivated. As part of 1/24, the City's Marines were mobilized in support of Operation Desert Shield in December of 1990.
In support of Operation Enduring Freedom during 2003, 1/24 saw the mobilization of A, B, and C companies reinforced with Weapons company and some of H&S company split between each of the other companies. A company went to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Djibouti Africa (The Horn of Africa). B company went to support security operations in Kuwait. C company went to support security operations in Southern Iraq.
Detroit continues to serve as the home of 1st Battalion, 24th Marines. The battalion includes companies from Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Perrysburg, OH. Brodhead Armory is a historic building that has served in various capacities over the years. It has served as a submarine base for the United States Navy, a union hall for the Teamsters in the Jimmy Hoffa era, and a professional boxing arena for Joe Louis and his ill-fated opponents.
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