26th Marine Regiment (United States)
The 26th Marine Regiment (26th Marines) is an inactivated infantry regiment of the United States Marine Corps. The 26th Marines were activated in 1944 and fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II and were activated again on March 1, 1966, and fought in the Battle of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War.
|26th Marine Regiment|
26th Marine Regiment emblem
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Part of||5th Marine Division (WWII)|
5th Marine Division then 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions once it returned to CONUS (Vietnam)
|Engagements||World War II|
|David E. Lownds|
|Headquarters Company 26th Marines|
|1st Battalion, 26th Marines (1/26) - Seabrook|
|2nd Battalion, 26th Marines (2/26)|
|3rd Battalion, 26th Marines (3/26)|
In mid-May 1967, following the conclusion of The Hill Fights, the 26th Marines took over responsibility for the area around Khe Sanh from the 3rd Marines. The 26th Marines conducted Operation Ardmore a search and destroy mission in the Khe Sanh area from 17 July-31 October 1967. At the conclusion of Operation Ardmore the Marines commenced Operation Scotland, the defense of Khe Sanh Combat Base and search and destroy missions against People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) infiltration.:62 From 21 January 1968 the 26th Marines were under siege at Khe Sanh until the conclusion of Operation Pegasus on 14 April 1968 and were replaced by the 1st Marines on 15 April 1968.:289 The 26th Marines were awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for their actions during the Battle of Khe Sanh as were the Seabees that supported them.
A unit citation or commendation is an award bestowed upon an organization for the action cited. Members of the unit who participated in said actions are allowed to wear on their uniforms the awarded unit citation. The 26th Marine Regiment has been presented with the following awards:
|Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with two Bronze Stars||1945, 1966–67, 1968||Iwo Jima, Vietnam, Khe Sanh|
|Navy Unit Commendation Streamer||1968||Vietnam|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer one Bronze Star||1945||Iwo Jima|
|World War II Victory Streamer||1944–1945||Pacific War|
|National Defense Service Streamer||1966–1974||Vietnam War|
|Vietnam Service Streamer|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Streamer|
|Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions Streamer|
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- Seabee Online Magazine, This Week In Seabee History 14 February
- Telfer, Gary I. (1984). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: Fighting the North Vietnamese 1967. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. p. 132. ISBN 9781482538878. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- Smith, Charles (1988). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: High Mobility and Standdown, 1969. History and Museums Division, Headquarters U. S. Marines. pp. 103–116. ISBN 978-1494287627. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- "Unit Awards & Citations ", 26th Marine Regiment, 5 July 2011