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1st Marine Division

Marines with Weapons
Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine
Regiment, 1st Marine Division, conduct
medical evacuation techniques inside
the Camp Pendleton Infantry Immersion

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

Headquarters Battalion
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.

Honors Include:
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
Actions streamer

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9 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    too many have gone by.

  2. Eric Tavarez says:

    What happened to 1st Battalion 4th Marines?

  3. Arthur Schocken says:

    Why did they snub 1st Combat Engineer Battalion and 3d Combat Engineer Battalion? THAT’S emabarrassing…

  4. Anonymous says:

    uhooo raaaa

  5. sgt. calverrado says:

    sgt calverrado,hold our heads up hi, never forget our lost ones they will be in our hearts forever, simpre fi

  6. BUD says:

    I here you, Bro! We are all on the same side! My Father fought in that War, in which unit I am not sure. However, He was every bit a Marine, and damn proud of it!

  7. Randy Woodson says:

    WOW. A little jealousy there. Take it easy brother. Everyone thinks their unit is the best, dont take it so personally. “Put up our champion”? Are you serious? How about John Basilone, and Chesty Puller. I think either one could kick your ass, and they are both dead. Relax, and enjoy your memories. By the way “the best of the best” would be Bravo 1/1. Thats where I was 1990-94.

  8. Matthew Harris says:

    I agree with the former.

  9. Caleb Banks says:

    I am ashamed at this “post” ,as I guess you call it. Who gives a flip where you were when it hit the fan. That’s why the 3rd Mar.Div. got to VN before the 1st Mar. Div. did, not counting smaller units who were there before the 3rd Mar. Div. or the 1st. Mar. Div. By the way, don’t you people remember that a battalion of the 6th Marines suddenly became a battalion of the 7th Marines and were sent to Korea while on a Med Cruise? Once a Marine, Always a Marine. We are interchangeable. How dare you hold yourselves out as the best of the best. Tell you what- I’m 72 years old, never been in the 1st Mar. Div. Pick out your champion and I will take him or her on tooth and nail. I might die in the effort, but the SOB will know that he or she was in a fight. You will have to pay his or her air fare to Savannah, Ga. and back if he or she survives. I’m about broke.

    As I said, Once a Marine, Always a Marine. We are equal. You can’t put one of us baove the other.