2nd Battalion, 14th Marines

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2nd Battalion, 14th Marines (2/14) is a reserve artillery battalion comprising three firing batteries and a headquarters battery. The battalion headquarters is in Grand Prairie, Texas. In 2006 the battalion became the first fully operational HIMARS battalion in the Marine Corps. Fox Battery, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. was deployed in July 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and has the distinction of being the first Marine Corps HIMARS battery to deploy into combat.

2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment
2nd Battalion 14th Marines insignia.jpg
2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment insignia
Active26 Mar 1943 – 15 Nov 1945[1]
  • 1 Jul 1962 – present
Country United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
TypeArtillery
RoleArtillery of 4th Marine Division
Part of14th Marine Regiment
4th Marine Division
Garrison/HQGrand Prairie, Texas
EngagementsWorld War II

Operation Desert Storm
Global War on Terror

Commanders
Current
commander
LtCol Samuel Johnson
Notable
commanders
Clifford B. Drake

MissionEdit

Augment and reinforce active Marine forces in time of war, national emergency or contingency operations.

Current unitsEdit

HistoryEdit

The battalion was commissioned on 26 March 1943 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.[1] On 19 August 1943, 2/14 was assigned to the 14th Marine Regiment.[1] During January 1944, 2/14 was deployed to the Marshall Islands and participated in the following World War II Pacific campaigns: Battle of Kwajalein, Battle of Tinian and the Battle of Iwo Jima. They were redeployed during October 1945 to Camp Pendleton, California and deactivated on 15 November 1945.

The 2/14 was reactivated on 1 July 1962 at NAS Dallas in Grand Prairie, Texas.[2] In February 1966, 2/14 was assigned to the 4th Marine Division as part of Marine Forces Reserve. They relocated to a standalone reserve facility near downtown Fort Worth, Texas in 1988. In March 2000 they returned to Grand Prairie, Texas at the Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex.

The battalion participated in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, November 1990 – April 1991. 2/14 has additionally deployed batteries in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom including the second battle of Fallujah, Operation Phantom Fury.

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. 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines has been presented with the following awards:[3]

Streamer Award Year(s) Additional Info
  Presidential Unit Citation Streamer 1944 Saipan & Tinian
  Navy Unit Commendation Streamer with one Bronze Star 1945 Iwo Jima
  Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer 1990–91 Southwest Asia
  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with four Bronze Stars
Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima
  World War II Victory Streamer 1941–1945 Pacific War
  National Defense Service Streamer with two Bronze Stars 1961–1974, 1990–1995, 2001–present Vietnam War, Gulf War, War on Terrorism
  Iraq Campaign Streamer
2007–08
  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Streamer

  Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer 2001–present

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Rottman 2002, pp. 201.
  2. ^ Brown 1990, pp. 61–62.
  3. ^ "Lineage and Honors of 2/14" (PDF). United States Marie Corps History Division. Retrieved 10 August 2021.

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
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