1933 - 1934
Activated 1 January 1933 at Cap Haitien, Haiti, as the 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, and assigned to the 1st Brigade

Relocated During August 1934 to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

Deactivated 8 August 1934

1941 - 1947
Reactivated 7 January 1941 at San Diego, California, as the 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, and assigned to the 2d Brigade Reassigned during February 1941 to the 2d Marine Division

Deployed During June-July 1942 to Koro Island

Participated in the following World War II campaignsGuadalcanalTarawaSaipanTinianOkinawa

Redeployed during September 1945 to Nagasaki, Japan

Redeployed during June-July 1946 to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Deactivated 18 November 1947

1949 - 1987
Reactivated 17 October 1949 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as the 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, and assigned to the 2d Marine Division, fleet marine force

Assigned at various times from 1949 to the present as battalion landing team in the Caribbean and Mediterranean

Participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, October-December 1962

Participated in the Intervention in the Dominican Republic, May 1965

Placed under the operation control of the 3d Marine Division at various periods throughout the 1980s for deployment to the Western Pacific

1988 - 1996
Element participated in operations in the Persian Gulf, April 1988

Elements participated in Operation Eastern Exit, Somalian, January 1991

Participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, August 1990 - April 1991

Participated in Haitian refugee operation, Cuba, May-June 1992

Participated in operations in Somalia, March-August 1993

Participated in Operation Sea Signal, Cuba, September-December 1994

1997 - 2006
Elements participated in Operation Noble Obelisk, Sierre Leone, May-Jun 1997

Elements participated in Operation Guardian Retrieval, Zaire, April-June 1997

Elements Participated in Operation Silver Wake, Albania, June 1997

Participated in Operation Noble Eagle, Guam, September-October 2001

Deployed during February 2003 to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, March-May 2003, July 2004 – February 2005, And December 2005 – March 2006, February 2007 - September 2007,and July 2008 - February 2009

Participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan,March 2010 - October 2010



Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with two bronze stars

World War II
Guadalcanal - 1942
Tarawa - 1943


Joint Meritorious Unit Award Streamer

1992 -1993

Navy Unit Commendation Streamer

Southwest Asia
1990 - 1991

Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer with one bronze star


Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer with one bronze star


American Defense Service Streamer

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with one silver and one bronze star

World War II Vicotry Streamer

Navy Occupation Service Streamer with "Asia" and "Europe"

National Defense Service Streamer with three bronze stars

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamer with two bronze stars

Southwest Asia Service Streamer with two bronze stars

Iraq Campaign Streamer

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Streamer

Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer

Afghanistan Campaign Streamer