The Vietnam War (1959-1975) was bloody, dirty, and very unpopular. In Vietnam, U.S. soldiers found themselves fighting against an enemy they rarely saw, in a jungle they couldn't master, for a cause they barely understood.
The 2d Battalion deployed during November 1965 to the Republic of Vietnam, and assigned to the 3d Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. It participated in the War in Vietnam, November 1965-May 1971, operating from Hue/Phu Bai; Da Nang; Quang Tri; Thua Thien and Quang Nam. Detached during April 1971 from the 1st Marine Division, the 2d Battalion was reassigned to the 3d Marine Amphibious Brigade, Fleet Marine Force. It relocated during June 1971 to Camp Pendleton, CA, and was reassigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. There it participated during April - May 1975 in Operation New Arrival, the relocation of refugees from Indochina, and participated in numerous training exercises during the 1970's and 1980's. It participated in the Battalion rotation between the 3d Marine Division on Okinawa and Divisions stationed in the United States during the 1980's 

The 2d Battalion was deactivated 24 January 1989, and reactivated 9 September 1994 at Camp Pendleton, CA, and assigned to the 1st Marine Division. 



 


1ST MARINES IN VIETNAM
The Vietnam War [edit]

With the intensification of the American involvement in the war in Vietnam in 1965, the regiment was ordered to the Far East that summer. By January 1966, the entire regiment had completed its move to the embattled nation. The first major operation in the war for a battalion of the 1st Marines was Operation Harvest Moon in December 1965.

By fall of 1967, the 1st Marines were operating permanently in the northern sector of the I Corps tactical zone. The following winter the communists launched their all-out Tet Offensive. The enemy overran Hue, the old imperial capital. Between 31 January and 2 March 1968, elements of the 1st Marines, along with other U.S. Marine and South Vietnamese units, fought to regain control of the city. Bitter street fighting and hand-to-hand combat characterized the battle. Hue was finally recaptured after the enemy suffered nearly 1,900 killed. The regiment remained deployed in South Vietnam for the next two and a half years, participating in numerous operations, both large and small. On 28 June 1971, the last members of the regiment departed Danang to return to the United States at MCB Camp Pendleton. The 1st Marines were the last marine infantry


Post Vietnam era 

In the spring of 1975, the 1st Marines provided primary support to the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton for preparation of a camp to house Vietnamese refugees during Operation New Arrivals. In 1983, 1st Marines were assigned responsibility to provide the Ground Combat Element for the WESTPAC MAU. Since the inception of the Special Operations Capable (SOC) Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU's) in support of contingency operations in the Western Pacific, the 1st Marine Regiment has been the SOC Regiment of the 1st Marine Division.

 Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with one Silver and three Bronze Stars 1942, 1944, 1945, 1950, 1950, 1951, 1966–1967, 1967–1968, 2003 Guadalcanal, Peleliu-Ngesebus, Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq 

Streamer JMUA.PNG Joint Meritorious Unit Award Streamer 1992–1993 Somalia 

Navy Unit Commendation streamer.png Navy Unit Commendation Streamer with one Bronze Star 1952–1953, 1990–1991 Korea, Southwest Asia 

Streamer MS.PNG Mexican Service Streamer April–November 1914 Vera Cruz 

Streamer DC.PNG Dominican Campaign Streamer June – December 1916 

Streamer HC.PNG Haitian Campaign Streamer with one Bronze Star August 1915 – August 1934 

Streamer MCE.PNG Marine Corps Expeditionary Streamer 


Streamer WWI V.PNG World War I Victory Streamer with one Bronze Star 


ADS 1B.PNG American Defense Service Streamer with one Bronze Star 1941 World War II 
Streamer APC.PNG Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with one Silver and one Bronze Star 
 Guadalcanal, Eastern New Guinea, New Britain, Peleliu, Okinawa 
Streamer WWII V.PNG World War II Victory Streamer 1941–1945 Pacific War 
WWIIV ASIA.PNG Navy Occupation Service Streamer with "ASIA" 


Streamer CS.PNG China Service Streamer with one Bronze Star September 1946 – June 1947 North China 
NDS 3B.PNG National Defense Service Streamer with three Bronze Stars 1950–1954, 1961–1974, 1990–1995, 2001–present Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War on Terrorism 

Streamer KS.PNG Korean Service Streamer with two Silver Stars 
 Inchon-Seoul, Chosin Reservoir, East-Central Front, Western Front 

Streamer AFE.PNG Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamer 1992–1993 Somalia 

SASM 2S 3B.PNG Vietnam Service Streamer with two Silver and three Bronze Stars July 1965 – April 1971, April – December 1975 Chu Lai, Da Nang, Dong Ha, Qui Nhon, Hue, Phu Bai, Quang Tri, Operation New Arrival 

SWASM 2B.PNG Southwest Asia Service Streamer with two Bronze Stars September 1990 – February 1991 Desert Shield, Desert Storm 

Streamer IQCS.PNG Iraq Campaign Streamer 
 March 2004 – March 2005, March 2006 – February 2007 

Streamer gwotE.PNG Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Streamer 
 March – May 2003 
Streamer gwotS.PNG Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer 2001–present 

Streamer KPUC.PNG Korea Presidential Unit Citation Streamer 


VMUA PALM.PNG Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Streamer 


Streamer RVMUCCA.PNG Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions Streamer 


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