2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines

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2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines
2d Bn 2d Mar Logo.jpg
"The Warlords" 2d Battalion, 2nd Marines insignia
  • June 1, 1925 – January 1, 1933
  • Jan 14, 1941 – November 18, 1947
  • October 20, 1949 – present
Country United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Infantry battalion
Role Locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver
Size 1300
Part of 2nd Marine Regiment
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Nickname(s) "Warlords"
Engagements World War II

Operation Desert Storm
War on Terror

Lt Col Scott E. Stephan

2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2/2) is a light infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Also known as "The Warlords", it consists of approximately 1300 Marines and Sailors and normally falls under the command of the 2nd Marine Regiment and the 2nd Marine Division. The battalion returned home November 2008 from Iraq, returned from Afghanistan in May 2010, returned home March 2012 after deploying for 11 months with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit as Battalion Landing Team 2/2 supporting NATO Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR. The unit then deployed in April 2013, in support of both BSRF and Operation Enduring Freedom. Fox Company returned again from Afghanistan October 2013, while the rest of the battalion returned home August 2013 from the Black Sea Rotational Force. Then again in August 2014, the battalion deployed in support of the SPMAGTF-CR Africa. Returning in January 2015, the unit next deployed to the Pacific region on a UDP, going to Okinawa, Japan; the Philippines; Korea; Thailand; and Singapore. The unit is now slated to deploy again in the near future.

Subordinate units

  • Headquarters & Services Company
  • Easy Company (Retains former phonetic designation)[1][2]
  • Fox Company
  • Golf Company
  • Weapons Company


Early years and World War II

The Second Battalion, Second Marines was activated at Cap Haitien, Haiti on July 1, 1925, and assigned to 1st Brigade serving at the time with Garde d’Haiti. Throughout 1925 and 1926, Marines of the Battalion were employed to quell political disturbances in Haiti. During the period 1929 through 1933, the Battalion assisted in building roads and schools, improving sanitary conditions and training the native Haitian constabulary. Second Battalion was deactivated on January 1, 1933.

Second Battalion was reactivated on January 14, 1941. On August 9, 1942, the Battle of Guadalcanal began with Marines landing on the Tulagi Island Complex, Guadalcanal. On October 10, elements of the 2nd Battalion conducted a two-day raid on the villages of Koilotamaria and Garabaus, Guadalcanal. During January 1943, 2d Battalion participated in the final assault to clear Guadalcanal of the remaining Japanese resistance. For its participation in the battle, it was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

As part of the 2nd Marine Division, 2/2 deployed and was one of three battalions spearheading the attack on Tarawa (along with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines and the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines). The Japanese resistance was fierce, and the initial losses to the battalion were heavy. The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Herbert R. Amey, Jr., was killed by Japanese machine gun fire before reaching the beach. Throughout the battle, Marines of the Battalion distinguished themselves: there were two Navy Cross winners and numerous lesser medals awarded for individual actions.[3] The Battalion was again awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its heroic assault at Tarawa. The 2nd Battalion conducted similar operations during Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa Campaigns of World War II.

In September 1945, the Battalion deployed to Nagasaki, Japan as part of the U.S. occupation forces. During June and July 1946, the Battalion relocated back to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as part of the post-war reduction of forces. The Battalion was deactivated on November 18, 1947.

Post-war years

With the birth of NATO, the Marine Corps was assigned a new mission and 2/2 was reactivated October 20, 1949. Since its reactivation, the Battalion has seen extensive service in joint and combined operations and exercises.

On July 15, 1958, as part of Landing Force Sixth Fleet, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines landed in Beirut, Lebanon in order to secure Beirut International Airport. Having accomplished its mission, the Battalion redeployed on August 14, 1958.

In October 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 2nd Battalion deployed to the waters off the coast of Cuba as part of a task force of 40 ships and 20,000 Marines and Sailors. When the successful blockade terminated on December 3, 1962, the Battalion returned to Camp Lejeune.

Service in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and Okinawa was routine for the 2nd Battalion during the intervening years between 1963 and 1977. In February 1979, elements of the Battalion (U.S. Air Alert Force) deployed to the Azores on standby alert to reinforce the American Embassy, Tehran, Iran. The unit was recalled when dissidents evacuated the Embassy.

On December 4, 1979, in the face of terrorist attacks on United States citizens at the Naval Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, they deployed once again to reinforce the Marine Barracks. They were withdrawn in April 1980.

The Gulf War & the 1990s

The eighties were a decade of standard deployments to the Four Corners of the world. In December 1990, attached to 6th Marine Regiment, the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for participation in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The Battalion returned from Southwest Asia in April 1991.

In May 1992, as part of Landing Force Sixth Fleet, 2nd Battalion supported Operation Provide Promise off the coast of the former republics of Yugoslavia. In August 1994, the Battalion departed for the Caribbean and Haitian waters for Operation Support Democracy. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines once again landed in Cap Haitian, Haiti on September 20, 1994. Participation in Operation Uphold Democracy lasted until October 1994. A squad from Echo Company Engaged in a fire fight with the Haitian police/ military coup. Fourteen Marines led by Lt Polumbo where engaged and prevailed despite superior numbers and superior cover by the Haitians. One Navy interpreter was wounded and several Haitians lost their lives.(Marine 2/2)

In April 1996, 2/2 was attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and simultaneously reinforced an American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia in support of Operation Assured Response and the American Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic in support of Operation Quick Response.

During February 1997, elements of the Battalion conducted migrant operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Present Heaven. While attached to the 22dn Marine Expeditionary Unit in August 1998, elements of the Battalion, participating in Operation Security Force, reinforced the American Housing Complex in Tirana, Albania for ninety-seven days. Upon return from deployment in December 1998, Echo Company was sent to Republic of Panama for security and contingency operations in support of USCINCSOUTH from March to May 1999.

In January 2000, 2/2 was attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit for deployment in July. While deployed, the Battalion participated in exercises in Tunisia, Turkey, and the Republic of Croatia.

Global War on Terror

Marines from BLT 2/2 race ashore in a CRRC during Exercise Edged Mallet 2003.

In January 2002, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines formed as the Battalion Landing Team for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, in preparation for the Landing Force 6th/5th Fleet deployment in August. While deployed, the Battalion conducted peacekeeping and border interdiction operations in support KFOR during Operation Dynamic Response in Kosovo.

In December 2002, the Battalion under the command of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conducted security operations in Djibouti, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this time, Echo Company played a vital role in maritime interdiction operations off the coast of Yemen.

While stationed in the Persian Gulf, in March 2003, 2/2 deployed to Iraq to reinforce Coalition Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The battalion returned from Iraq in May 2003.

During the winter of 2003, the Battalion supported Operation Noble Eagle in the homeland defense as the Quick Reaction Force for the II Marine Expeditionary Force. In the Spring of 2004 the Battalion was assigned to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and was redesignated as Task Force 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines.

BLT 2/2 Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard the USS Bataan in the Persian Gulf, April 2, 2007.
Photo credit: MC1 Ken J. Riley, USN

2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines deployed in March 2004 to Iraq where it was attached to Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division and fought in Al Mahmudiya, Al Kharma, the first and second assault in the city of Fallujah, and Al Zadan. Especially notable during this deployment were the events that led to 2ndLt Ilario Pantano being charged with two counts of premeditated murder. Lieutenant Pantano was acquitted of these charges. During this deployment the Battalion suffered 154 Marines wounded and six killed in action while participating in more than six hundred separate engagements of various sizes.

2/2 was deployed again to Iraq in July 2005 when it was attached to Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Their area of operations included the areas between Fallujah and Abu Ghraib. They suffered 16 Marines killed in action. The Warlords returned home to Camp Lejeune, NC in February 2006.

2/2 was deployed on Jan 6, 2007 till July 2007 as the BLT of the 26th MEU with the USS Batan amphibious group.

2/2 was deployed again to Iraq in April 2008 when it was attached to Regimental Combat Team 5, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Their area of operations included the areas between Rawah and Al Qaim and many other sites. The Warlords returned home to Camp Lejeune, NC in November 2008

In mid-October 2009, 2/2 was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan. They were sent there after undergoing training in the Mojave Desert and in Virginia. During the deployment 2/2 suffered eight Marines KIA. They returned in mid-May 2010 having participated in ISAF-OEF operations in the far south in the vicinity directly north of Safar Bazaar.

In March 2011, BLT 2/2 was deployed 90+ days early on a contingency deployment in support of NATO Operation Unified Protector. The Marines and Sailors are part of the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Warlords returned home to Camp Lejeune in February 2012 . The BLT was deployed for a length of 10 months and conducted numerous bi-lateral training exercises with foreign nations.

In April 2013, the majority of the battalion deployed in support of the Black Sea Rotational Force, while Fox Company conducted combat operations around Nad Ali and surrounding areas in Helmand Province in support of Operation Enduring Freedom returning later that year.

In August 2014, the unit deployed in support of the SPMAGTF-CR Africa and the Black Sea Rotational Force. Conducting training with the Spanish, Italian, French, and other NATO members, the unit returned home in January 2015.

In February 2016, 2/2 deployed as part of the UDP based out of Okinawa, Japan. The unit traveled to many countries while deployed, conducting bi-lateral training and ensuring peace and balance within the region. The unit returned home August 2016.

In August 2017, 2/2 deployed in support of the SPMAGTF-CR Africa, Marine Rotational Force-Europe (MRF-E), and the Black Sea Rotational Force (BSRF). Conducting training with Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and other NATO members. Additionally, 2/2 participated in Sweden's largest military exercise in the past 23 years, Aurora 2017. The unit returned home in March 2018.

2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines is currently training for their next deployment in the future.

Awards and honors

See also


  1. ^ "Echo Co. Honors Past With Easy Designation". Marine Corps News. January 6, 2003.
  2. ^ "Echo Co. Now Uses Easy Co. Designation". Easy Company Commander. September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Joseph H. Alexander, Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1995).


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  • "Battalion Landing Team 2/2 (Official website)". 26th MEU, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 2006-12-03.
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