The 1st Marine Division is the oldest, largest and most decorated division in the United States Marine Corps.
Mission: The 1st Marine Division is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force employed as the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force. It may provide task-organized forces for assault operations and such operations as may be directed. The 1st Marine Division must be able to provide the ground amphibious forcible entry capability to the naval expeditionary force and to conduct subsequent land operations
in any operational environment.
Activated: Dec. 23, 1913 in Philadelphia as the 1st Advance Base Brigade
Headquarters Location: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Commanding General: Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills
Sergeant Major: Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett
Command Master Chief: Master Chief Petty Officer Fausto A. Polanco Jr.
Manpower: 22,000 Marines and sailors
1st Marine Regiment
5th Marine Regiment
7th Marine Regiment
11th Marine Regiment
1st Reconnaissance Battalion
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
1st Tank Battalion
3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion
Flaunting the national colors, the division’s logo is a blue diamond with a red numeral “1” in the center, inscribed with “GUADALCANAL,” in white lettering. The white stars featured on the night-sky blue background are in the arrangement of the Southern Cross constellation, under which the battle took place.
• The logo originally was authorized for wear by members of units who served with or were attached to the Division in the Pacific in World War II.
• It was the first patch to be approved in that war and specifically commemorated the division’s sacrifices and victory in the Battle for Guadalcanal.
Mexican Service Streamer
Dominican Campaign streamer
Haitian Campaign streamer with one bronze star
Marine Corps Expeditionary streamer
World War I victory streamer with one bronze star
American Defense Service streamer with one bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign streamer with one silver and one bronze star
World War II victory streamer
Navy Occupation Service streamer with “Asia”
China Service streamer
National Defense Service streamer with two bronze stars
Korean Service streamer with two stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary streamer
Vietnam Service Streamer with two silver and three bronze stars
Southwest Asia Service streamer with two bronze stars
Korean Presidential Unit Citation streamer
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm streamer
Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil
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