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1st Battalion 6th Marines
1-6 battalion insignia
1st Battalion, 6th Marines insignia during WWI
Country United States
Branch United States Marine Corps
Allegiance United States of America
Service history
Active *11 July 1917 – 20 August 1919
  • 12 June 1922 – 1 October 1925
  • 29 March 1927 – March 1929
  • 9 September 1934 – 2 October 1947
  • 7 October 1949 – present
Role Locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver
Part of 6th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Motto "Ready to Fight since 1917" & "1/6 HARD"
Battles World War I
*Battle of Belleau Wood
*Meuse-Argonne offensive
World War II
*Battle of Guadalcanal
*Battle of Tarawa
*Battle of Saipan
*Battle of Tinian
*Battle of Okinawa
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
*Operation Moshtarak
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Commanders LtCol. Paul C. Merida

The 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (1/6) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It consists of approximately 1,100 Marines and Sailors. They fall under the command of the 6th Marine Regiment, the 2nd Marine Division of the II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF).

Subordinate unitsEdit

  • Headquarters and Services Company – "Hawkeye"
  • Alpha Company – "Apache"
  • Bravo Company – "Black Foot or Black Iron"
  • Charlie Company – "Cold Steel"
  • Weapons Company – "Warrior"


World War IEdit

The battalion was activated on 11 July 1917 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia as the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. It deployed to France from September to October 1917 and was assigned to the 4th Brigade, 2nd Division (Army), American Expeditionary Force. For the actions at Belleau Wood, Soissons, and Blanc Mont, the 6th Marine Regiment was awarded the French Croix de Guerre three times. As a result, the regiment is authorized to wear the fourragère of the Croix de Guerre (seen in the unit's logo), one of only two units in the Marine Corps so honored, (the other being the 5th Marine Regiment). The fourragère thereafter became part of the uniform of the unit. All members of the modern 6th Marines are authorized to wear the fourragère while serving with the regiment.

Scott Belleau Wood

American Marines in Belleau Wood (1918)

The battalion participated in the following World War I campaigns:

  • Aisne
  • Aisne-Marne
  • St. Mihiel
  • Meuse-Arogonne

Along with the following defensive campaigns:

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