- 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines
caption= 2d Battalion, 2nd Marines insignia
June 1, 1925- January 1, 1933
January 14, 1941- Nov. 18, 1947
October 20, 1949- present
type= Infantry battalion
role= Locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
current_commander= LtCol. Steven J. Grass
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
World War II* Battle of Guadalcanal* Battle of Tarawa* Battle of Saipan* Battle of Tinian* Battle of Okinawa Operation Desert Storm Operation Iraqi Freedom* Operation Vigilant Resolve
2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2) is an
light infantrybattalion in the United States Marine Corpsbased out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Also known as "Warlord", it consists of approximately 800 Marines and Sailors and normally falls under the command of the 2nd Marine Regiment and the 2nd Marine Division. The battalion is currently serving as the ground combat elementof the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit( 26th MEU).
*Headquarters & Services Company
*Easy Company [cite web
title=Echo Co. Honors Past With Easy Designation
22 April 2005
publisher=Marine Corps News
Early years and World War II
The Second Battalion, Second Marines was activated at Cap Haitien,
Haition July 1, 1925and assigned to 1st Brigade serving at the time with Garde d’Haiti. Throughout 1925 and 1926, Marines of the Battalion were employed to quell political disturbances in Haiti. During the period 1929 through 1933, the Battalion assisted in building roads and schools, improving sanitary conditions and training the native Haitian constabulary. Second Battalion was deactivated on January 1, 1933.
Second Battalion was reactivated on January 14, 1941. On August 9, 1942, the
Battle of Guadalcanalbegan with Marines landing on the TulagiIsland Complex, Guadalcanal. On October 10, elements of the 2nd Battalion conducted a two-day raid on the villages of Koilotamaria and Garabaus, Guadalcanal. During January 1943, 2d Battalion participated in the final assault to clear Guadalcanal of the remaining Japanese resistance. For its participation in the battle, it was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
As part of the 2nd Marine Division, 2/2 deployed and spearheaded the attack on Tarawa. The Japanese resistance was fierce, and the initial losses to the battalion were heavy. Throughout the battle, Marines of the Battalion distinguished themselves: there were two
Navy Crosswinners and numerous lesser medals awarded for individual actions. The Battalion was again awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its heroic assault at Tarawa. The 2nd Battalion conducted similar operations during Saipan, Tinianand Okinawa Campaigns of World War II.
In September 1945, the Battalion deployed to Nagasaki,
Japanas part of the U.S. occupation forces. During June and July 1946, the Battalion relocated back to Camp Lejeune, North Carolinaas part of the post-war reduction of forces. The Battalion was deactivated on November 18, 1947.
With the birth of
NATO, the Marine Corps was assigned a new mission and 2/2 was reactivated October 20, 1949. Since its reactivation, the Battalion has seen extensive service in joint and combined operations and exercises.
July 15, 1958, as part of Landing Force Sixth Fleet, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines landed in Beirut, Lebanonin order to secure Beirut International Airport. Having accomplished its mission, the Battalion redeployed on August 14, 1958.
In October 1962, during the
Cuban Missile Crisis, the 2nd Battalion deployed to the waters off the coast of Cubaas part of a task force of 40 ships and 20,000 Marines and Sailors. When the successful blockade terminated on December 3, 1962, the Battalion returned to Camp Lejeune.
Service in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and Okinawa was routine for the 2nd Battalion during the intervening years between 1963 and 1977. In February 1979, elements of the Battalion (U.S. Air Alert Force) deployed to the
Azoreson standby alert to reinforce the American Embassy, Tehran, Iran. The unit was recalled when dissidents evacuated the Embassy.
December 4, 1979, in the face of terrorist attacks on United States citizens at the Naval Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, they deployed once again to reinforce the Marine Barracks. The were withdrawn in April 1980.
The Gulf War & the 1990s
The eighties were a decade of standard deployments to the Four Corners of the world. In December 1990, attached to 6th Marine Regiment, the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for participation in Operation Desert Shield and
Operation Desert Storm. The Battalion returned from Southwest Asia in April 1991.
In May 1992, as part of Landing Force Sixth Fleet, 2nd Battalion supported
Operation Provide Promiseoff the coast of the former republics of Yugoslavia. In August 1994, the Battalion departed for the Caribbean and Haitian waters for Operation Support Democracy. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines once again landed in Cap Haitian, Haiti on 20 September 1994. Participation in Operation Uphold Democracylasted until October 1994.
In April 1996, 2/2 was attached to the
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unitand simultaneously reinforced an American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberiain support of Operation Assured Responseand the American Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic in support of Operation Quick Response.
During February 1997, elements of the Battalion conducted migrant operations in Guantunomo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Present Heaven. While attached to the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit in August 1998, elements of the Battalion, participating in
Operation Security Force, reinforced the American Housing Complex in Tirana, Albaniafor ninety-seven days. Upon return from deployment in December 1998, Echo Company was sent to Republic of Panamafor security and contingency operations in support of USCINCSOUTH from March to May 1999.
In January 2000, 2/2 was attached to the
26th Marine Expeditionary Unitfor deployment in July. While deployed, the Battalion participated in exercises in Tunisia, Turkey, and the Republic of Croatia.
Global War on Terror
In January 2002, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines formed as the Battalion Landing Team for the
24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in preparation for the Landing Force 6th/5th Fleet deployment in August. While deployed, the Battalion conducted peacekeeping and border interdiction operations in support KFOR during Operation Dynamic Responsein Kosovo.
In December 2002, the Battalion under the command of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conducted security operations in
Djibouti, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this time, Echo Company played a vital role in maritime interdiction operations off the coast of Yemen.
While stationed in the Persian Gulf, in March 2003, 2/2 deployed to
Iraqto reinforce Coalition Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The battalion returned from Iraq in May 2003.
During the summer of 2003, the Battalion supported
Operation Noble Eaglein the homeland defense as the Quick Reaction Force for the II Marine Expeditionary Force. In the Fall of 2003 the Battalion was assigned to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and was redesignated as Task Force 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines.
2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines deployed in March 2004 to Iraq where it was attached to Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division and fought in Al Mahmudiya, Al Kharma, the city of
Fallujah, and Al Zadan. Especially notable during this deployment were the events that led to 2ndLt Ilario Pantanobeing charged with two counts of premeditated murder. Pantano was acquitted of all charges and honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. Following its seven-month deployment, 2/2 redeployed to Camp Lejeune in October 2004.
2/2 was deployed again to Iraq in July 2005 when it was attached to
Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Their area of operations included the areas between Fallujahand Abu Ghraib. The Warlords returned home to Camp Lejeune, NC in February 2006.
Awards and honors
*Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with one Bronze Star
*Navy Unit Commendation Streamer
*Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer
*Marine Corps Expeditionary Streamer with one Bronze Star
*American Defense Service Streamer
*Asia Pacific Campaign Streamer with one Silver Star and one Bronze Star
*World War II Victory Streamer
*Navy Occupation Service Streamer with "Asia" and "Europe" clasps
*National Defense Service Streamer with two Bronze Stars
*Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamer with two Bronze Stars
*Southwest Asia Service Streamer with two Bronze Stars.
*In November 2000, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines launched the first ever
FGM-148 Javelinanti-tank missile fired by a deployed MEU. This was during a bi-lateral exercise between the Marine Corps and the Croatian Armed Forces, exercise Slunj 2000.
*In 1988, the Battalion took place in a training amphibious assault on
Iwo Jima. This was the first landing of a Marine combat unit on Iwo Jima since World War II.
List of United States Marine Corps battalions
Organization of the United States Marine Corps
title=Battalion Landing Team 2/2 (Official website)
publisher=26th MEU, United States Marine Corps
title=Battalion Landing Team 2/2 Command History
publisher=BLT 2/2, United States Marine Corps
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