2nd Battalion 8th Marines

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2nd Battalion, 8th Marines
2-8MARINES.png
2nd Battalion, 8th Marines insignia
Active1 April 1940 – 13 November 1947
1 November 1950 – present
CountryUnited States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
TypeLight infantry
RoleThe mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad is to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver and/ or repel enemy assault by fire and close combat.
Part of8th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Garrison/HQMarine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Nickname"America's Battalion"
Motto"Non Sibi Sed Patriae"
"Not for self, but for country"
EngagementsWorld War II
*Battle of Guadalcanal
*Battle of Tarawa
*Battle of Saipan
*Battle of Tinian
*Battle of Okinawa
*Multinational Force in Lebanon
Operation Urgent Fury
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
Operation Enduring Freedom
*Operation Strike of the Sword
Commanders
Current
commander
LtCol Jeffrey R. Stevenson (Jan 2014-Current)
 
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2nd Battalion, 8th Marines
2-8MARINES.png
2nd Battalion, 8th Marines insignia
Active1 April 1940 – 13 November 1947
1 November 1950 – present
CountryUnited States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
TypeLight infantry
RoleThe mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad is to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver and/ or repel enemy assault by fire and close combat.
Part of8th Marine Regiment
2nd Marine Division
Garrison/HQMarine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Nickname"America's Battalion"
Motto"Non Sibi Sed Patriae"
"Not for self, but for country"
EngagementsWorld War II
*Battle of Guadalcanal
*Battle of Tarawa
*Battle of Saipan
*Battle of Tinian
*Battle of Okinawa
*Multinational Force in Lebanon
Operation Urgent Fury
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
Operation Enduring Freedom
*Operation Strike of the Sword
Commanders
Current
commander
LtCol Jeffrey R. Stevenson (Jan 2014-Current)

2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (2/8) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina consisting of approximately 900 Marines and Sailors. Nicknamed "America's Battalion," they fall under the 8th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Marine Division.

Subordinate units[edit]

Mission[edit]

The mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad is to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver and/ or repel enemy assault by fire and close combat.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

2nd Battalion, 8th Marines was activated on 1 April 1940 in San Diego as the 2nd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment and assigned to the 2nd Marine Brigade. The 2nd Marine Brigade was re-designated 1 February 1941 as 2nd Marine Division. During World War II, the battalion participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal, Battle of Tarawa, Battle of Saipan, Battle of Tinian and the Battle of Okinawa. Following the surrender of Japan, the battalion deployed to Nagasaki, Japan in September 1945 as part of the occupation. They remained in Japan in this capacity until they redeployed back to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in June 1946. The battalion was deactivated on 13 November 1947 as part of the post-war drawdown of forces.

1950–2000[edit]

The battalion was reactivated on 1 December 1950 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and assigned to 2nd Marine Division. From July to September 1958 they took part in the United States intervention in during the Lebanon crisis. This was followed by a deployment to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base as part of the Cuban Missile Crisis from October to December 1962.

2 Bat 8th Marines Echo Company was the Unit in Haiti in 93

Global War on Terror[edit]

Marines in Afghanistan, July 2009

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LCpl Charles McKelvey (18 December 2007). "Weapons Company puts name in recently tamed Feast Ramadi". Marine Corps News (United States Marine Corps). Story ID# 200712186191. Retrieved 18 December 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ LCpl Zachary W. Lester (21 May 2007). "2/8 Marines awarded Chesty Puller award". Marine Corps News (United States Marine Corps). Story ID# 2007521164016. Retrieved 23 May 2007. [dead link]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
Bibliography
  • Rottman, Gordon L. (2002). U.S. Marine Corps World War II Order of Battle – Ground and Air Units in the Pacific War, 1939–1945.’’. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-31906-5. 
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