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2nd Battalion, 10th Marines

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2nd Battalion 10th Marines (2/10) is an artillery battalion of the United States Marine Corps comprising four firing batteries and a headquarters battery. The battalion is stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and its primary weapon system is the M777A2 howitzer[1] with a maximum effective range of 30 km. They fall under the command of the 10th Marine Regiment and 2nd Marine Division.

2nd Battalion 10th Marines
2nd Battalion 10th Marines Logo.png
2/10 Insignia
Active11 April 1941 – present
CountryUnited States
AllegianceUnited States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Corps
TypeArtillery
RoleProvide fires in support of 2nd Marine Division
Part of10th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Garrison/HQMarine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Nickname(s)Pathfinder Battalion
Motto(s)"Second to None"
EngagementsWorld War II

Operation Desert Storm
War on Terror

Commanders
Current
commander
LtCol Joel A. Deluca
Notable
commanders
William H. Harrison
George R. E. Shell
Richard G. Weede
Joseph C. Fegan Jr.

Subordinate unitsEdit

HistoryEdit

World War IIEdit

The 2nd Battalion 10th Marines was activated on April 11, 1941, as the 4th Battalion 10th Marines. They were deployed with the 6th Marine Regiment to Iceland from Spring 1941 to Spring 1942. In December 1942, they deployed to the Pacific theater. On July 20, 1945, they were re-designated as the 2nd Battalion 10th Marines.

The 2nd Battalion 10th Marines participated in the following World War II battles:

Post World War IIEdit

 
U.S. Marines with Golf Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment (2/10) set up security and await an explosive ordnance disposal team during a patrol through local Afghan settlements in Habbib Abad, Afghanistan, May 28, 2012

In July 1946, 2/10 relocated to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From 1951 to present, they participated in LF6F deployments: the Cuban Missile Crisis (October - November 1962), the intervention in the Dominican Republic (April - May 1965), Operation Desert Storm (December 1990 - April 1991), Operation Phantom Fury, and the Battle of Abu Ghraib (April 2005) as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The battalion again deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from January to September 2007. During this time they were based out of Camp Fallujah.[2] In January 2009 the battalion again deployed to Iraq as a civil affairs group in support of OIF. During this deployment they were based out of Al Asad Airbase.

In 2012, Echo Battery of 2/10 deployed to Delaram, Afghanistan, at Forward Operating Base Delaram II as base security.[3]

Unit awardsEdit

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. 2/10 has been presented with the following awards:

Ribbon Unit Award
Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation
American Defense Service Medal
  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp
National Defense Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Notable former membersEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Cpl Murray, Joshua (2007-11-20). "2nd Battalion, 10th Marines fire new howitzers". United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  2. ^ 2/10 Marines return homae after deployment Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Marines provide Delaram II security".
  4. ^ Hoge, Patrick (22 January 2010). "Oracle prez's affair exposed by billboards". The Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved 22 January 2010.

ReferencesEdit

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