Presidential Unit Citation (United States) - Recipients - World War II - Marine Corps

Marine Corps

Unit Service Year awarded Campaign or battle Other notes
3rd Marines, Reinforced, serving as 3rd Combat team, 3rd Marine Division consisting of 3rd Marine Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 9th Regiment; Company "C", 3rd Tank Battalion: Company "C", 19th Marine Regiment (Combat Engineers), and 3rd Band Section Regiment (United States) US. Marine Corps July 21 to August 10, 1944 Battle of Guam Navy Citation..."For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces during the invasion and recapture of Guam, Maianas Islands, from July 21 to August 10, 1944. Crossing a 400-yard reef under frontal and flanking fire from strongly defended positions on dominating terrain, the 3rd Marine Regiment (Reinforced), serving as the 3rd Combat Team, assaulted the steep slopes of the objective and by evening has captured Adelupe Point and Chonito Cliff. With no reserve available to be committed in their zone of action during the ensuing 8 days, the gallant officers and men of this team fought their way forward through a maze of hostile caves and pillboxes and over rugged terrain to secure Fonte Canyon and the northeastern slopes of Fonte Ridge despite constant mortar, machine-gun, small-arms and artillery fire which blasted all echelons, shore party and lines of communication and supply. Seriously depleted by heavy casualties, including two battalion commanders, the 3rd Combat Team was continually in action as the left assault regiment until the cessation of organized resistance and the securing of the island on August 10, after 21 days of furious combat. By their effective teamwork, aggressive fighting spirit and individual acts of heroism and daring, the men of the 3rd Combat Team achieved an illustrious record of courage and skill in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
VMA-214 and 213 U.S. Marine Corps 1944 the Black Sheep Squadron—for their second combat tour, lasting 84 days at the end of 1943
2nd Marine Division U.S. Marine Corps 20–24 November 1943 Battle of Tarawa Navy Citation... "For outstanding performance in combat during the seizure and occupation of the Japanese-held Atoll of Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, November 20 to 24, 1943."
Wake Det, 1st Defense Bn and VMFA 211 U.S. Marine Corps 8-22 Dec 1941 Wake Island
MAG 22 and VMF-221 U.S. Marine Corps Jun 1942 Midway Island
1st Marine Division U.S. Marine Corps 7 August-9 December 1942 Solomon Islands
VMFA-214 U.S. Marine Corps 7 April 1943 17July-30 August 1943 16 September-19 October 1943 17 December 1943-6 January 1944 Battle of Guadalcanal, Munds, North Solomons, Vella Lavella and Torokina
2nd Marine Division U.S. Marine Corps 20–24 November 1943 Tarawa
4th Marine Division U.S. Marine Corps 15 June-1 August 1944 Battle of Saipan and Battle of Tinian
1st Marine Division U.S. Marine Corps 15–19 September 1944 Battle of Peleliu and Negesebus
VMFA-124 and 213 U.S. Marine Corps 16 Feb-11 May 1943 and 3–22 January 1945 USS Essex, Philippines, Formosa, South China Sea
VMFA 211 and VMFA 451 U.S. Marine Corps 16 February -11 May 1945 USS Bunker Hill, Japan, Bonins, and Ryukyu Islands
Assault Troops, 5th Amphibious Corps U.S. Marine Corps 19–28 February 1945 Iwo Jima
1st Marine Division U.S. Marine Corps 1 April-21 June 1945 Okinawa
6th Marine Division U.S. Marine Corps 1 April-21 June 1945 Okinawa
2nd MAW U.S. Marine Corps 4 April-14 July 1945 Okinawa
Marine Observation Squadron 3 U.S. Marine Corps 2 April- 21 June 1945 Okinawa
Marine Aircraft Group 12 U.S. Marine Corps 3 December 1944-9 March 1945 Philippine Islands

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