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2nd Battalion 10th Marines
2nd Battalion 10th Marines Logo.png
2/10 Insignia
Active 11 April 1941 - present
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Artillery
Role Provide fires in support of 2nd Marine Division
Part of 10th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Nickname(s) Pathfinder Battalion
Motto(s) "Second to None"
Engagements World War II
* Battle of Guadalcanal
* Battle of Tarawa
* Battle of Saipan
* Battle of Tinian
* Battle of Okinawa
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
*Battle of Abu Ghraib
LtCol Phillip M. Bragg

2nd Battalion 10th Marines (2/10) is an artillery battalion of the United States Marine Corps comprising three 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.

Subordinate units[edit | edit source]

  • Headquarters Battery
  • E Battery
  • L Battery
  • G Battery

History[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

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 II[edit | edit source]

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 (Nov.-Dec., 2004), and the Battle of Abu Ghraib (April 2005) as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Artillery Battalion again deployed as a Provisional Infantry Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from September 2005 to February 2006 based out of Camp Blue Diamond in North Ramadi, where they provided the main security element for the base, as well as conducting Security And Stability Operations (SASO), convoy security, and combat patrols within the Camps surrounding Areas of Operation (AO's) both mounted and dismounted. In January through September of 2007, 2/10 would continue its role providing a main security element and conducting SASO operations, this time based out of Camp Fallujah.[2] In January 2009 the battalion has proven itself to be a vital asset within the War On Terror's Iraq Campaign, and would again return in support of OIF as a Public Relations and Civil Affairs Group based out of Al Asad Airbase.

Unit awards[edit | edit source]

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
US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png
Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy Unit Commendation
American Defense Service ribbon.svg
American Defense Service Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg
  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation ribbon.svg
Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Star
Southwest Asia Service ribbon.svg
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars
Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg
Iraq Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze stars
Global war terrorism service ribbon.gif
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Notable former members[edit | edit source]

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