Activated 1 July 1925 at Cap Hatien, Haiti, as the 2d Battalion, 2d Regiment and assigned to the 1st Brigade

2d Regiment participated in operations against dissident forces, July 1925-Jaunary 1933

Deactivated 1 January 1933

1941 – 1947

Reactivated 14 January at San Diego, California, as the 2d Battalion, 2d Marines and assigned to the 2d Marine Brigade

Reassigned during February 1941 to the 2d Marine Division

Deployed during June-July 1942 to Koro Island

Participated in the following World Wars II Campaigns






Redeployed during September 1945 to Nagasaki, Japan

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

Deactivated 18 November 1947

1949 – 1989

Reactivated 20 October 1949 in the Mediterranean as the 2d Battalion, 2d Marines and assigned to the 2d Marine Division

Assigned at various times during 1949 – 1980 as Battalion Landing Team in the Caribbean and Mediterranean

Participated in landings in Lebanon, July-August 1958

Participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis, October-December 1962

Deployed to Europe for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Exercises, August-September 1978

Elements of the 2d Battalion, 2d Marines deployed to the Azores for Possible Operations in Iran during February 1979

1990 – 2008

Participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, December 1990 – April 1991

Participated in Operations Support Democracy and Uphold Democracy Haiti, August-October 1994

Participated in Operation Assured Response, Liberia, April-June 1996

Participated in Operation Dynamic Response, Kosovo, September-October 2002

Participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Horn of Africa, November-December 2002 and January-July 2007

Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, March-April 2003, March-October 2004, August 2005 - February 2006 and April-November 2008



World War II Awards: Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with two bronze stars

Noteworthy Battles: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa

Southwest Asia


Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer with two bronze stars




Marine Corps Expeditionary Streamer with one bronze star

American Defense Service Streamer

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign 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 Honors:

Navy Unit Commendation Streamer

Iraq Campaign Streamer with four bronze stars

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary streamer

Global War on Terrorism Service streamer