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25Th Marine Regiment, The Cold Steel Warriors

The 25th Marine Regiment is one of three infantry regiments in the 4th Marine Division. The regiment commands 15 training centers in nine states from its headquarters in Worcester, Mass. The regiment is one of the five remaining regiments that participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

25Th Marine Regiment, The Cold Steel Warriors

Sgt. Kirby Fanus and Gunnery Sgt. Carl Lorio, both with Company E, 2nd Battalion 25th Marine Regiment, survey the city of Rutbah, Iraq Jan. 1, 2009.

25Th Marine Regiment, The Cold Steel Warriors

Mission: 25th Marine Regiment trains and prepares for employment for combat operations in order to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or to repel his assault by close combat.

Motto: “Cold Steel Warriors”

“Cold” – is meant to imply calm, confident and courageous.

“Steel” – refers to the spirit of the composite material, the Marines of the regiment, drawn from all walks of life to the service of their Country, forged in boot camp then honed to a razor’s edge through rigorous training.

“Warriors” – demonstrates resiliency and strength; ability to bend to the operational conditions encountered, yet never break before the enemy the Marines of the regiment oppose.

Unit establishment date: May 1, 1943

Commanding Officer: Col. Robert T. Durkin

Sergeant Major: Sgt. Maj. Robert Clark

Manpower: 3,000 reserve and active duty Marines

The Regiment is comprised of:
• Headquarters Battalion, 25th Marines
• 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, headquartered out of Fort Devens, Mass.
• 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, headquartered out of Garden City, N.Y.
• 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, headquartered out of Brook Park, Ohio.

Command Philosophy:
• Mission first
• Maintain a warrior ethos
• Be professional
• Be technically and tactically proficient
• Seek out information
• Emphasize teamwork
• Learn from mistakes
• Never compromise integrity

Making History:
• During World War II, the unit participated in the Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima Campaigns, earning two Presidential Unit Citations for its involvement in the battles.
• In February 1991, the entire regiment was activated for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. However, only 1st Battalion deployed to southwest Asia and participated in the 1st Marine Division’s initial breach of Iraqi defenses.
• The regiment has participated in the Global War on Terrorism in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2003, each of the battalions have deployed in support of combat operations throughout Iraq.

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5 Responses

  1. proud american says:

    my uncle Frank was at Iwo jima…..i wear his stearling silver anchor an globe on my hat every remember him……an to show my pride and support for the U.S.M.C….long live the corps……my father was 82nd airborne korea….i am equaly proud of my DAD

  2. Usmc85 says:

    Semper FI Gunny. I served with you in Plainville. I was in third platoon 1985-91. Sgt. J.J. Pulit

  3. MSgt R. G. OTTINGER says:

    Served on I&I Staff CoC 1stBn 25thMar Springfield Mass ’65-’67. Capt Perlak was Co CO. Heard rpt that Trng  Ctr was struck by lightning and burned down, don’t know the date. 

  4. LARRY says:

    got this as an email have gotten plenty of these from widows and bankers all just scams but this one i thought went to far and just wanted someone to be aware that its out there. Larry

    Capt. Johnson Edward.
    2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment Patrols.
    Anbar province, Iraq.

    Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to
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    Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment which Patrols the Anbar province,Iraq.

    I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage
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    can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my
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    Contact me as soon as possible with your information below so that I
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    Capt. Johnson Edward.
    2nd Battalion,
    25th Marine Regiment Patrols
    Anbar province, Iraq

  5. Phil Mason (Cpl E-4 long time ago...) says:

    This is the unit I was assigned to after I left active duty, I was with the weapons platoon of a company with 1-25. I enjoyed my time there only as long as it took me to realize that an 80mm mortar base plate or the gun tube are heavy. In retrospect, I wish I had stuck with it….memories often get easier as one gets older.