The Oldest and the Proudest - 10th Marine Regiment

June 13, 2018


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The 10th Marines is one of the oldest and proudest Marine regiments with an unbroken service record spanning over 86 years. 



The 10th Marine Regiment is an artillery regiment of the United States Marine Corps based at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They fall under the command of the 2nd Marine Division and the II Marine Expeditionary Force.


Early Years


On April 25th 1914, the 10th Marines were formed as an Artillery Battalion under the 1st Marine Brigade. They took part in conflicts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic from August 1915 to May 1917. 


The Battalion was expanded throughout mid-1917 and the expanded Battalion was redesignated on 15 January 1917 as the 10th Marine Regiment of Field Artillery.




The line from the Marines Hymn, "We have fought in every clime and place where we could take a gun," could well serve as its motto: Mexico, Haiti, Santo Domingo, the Pacific islands and atolls- the regiment has been there.


1st Battalion


On Order, 1 Battalion, 10th Marines provides close and continuous artillery support to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force by destroying, neutralizing, or suppressing enemy targets that threaten the success of supported units.



2nd Battalion


Provide fires in support of 2nd Marine Division using organic indirect fire assets, while coordinating both lethal and non-lethal fires from other II Marine Expeditionary Force fire support agencies in order to suppress, neutralize or destroy enemy targets.


World Wars


Between the First and Second World War the 10th Regiment performed a variety of tasks, including annual reenactments of Civil War battles, building their Barracks and various other construction around the base. 


Also during this time the Regiment was deployed to China, and also to Iceland just prior to American involvement in World War II. During the war it was involved in the assault on Guadalcanal and the Regiment later took part in the bloody assaults of Tarawa and later Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa.


Camp Lejeune


As  World War II ended, the 10th Marines found themselves at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, which would be their home until present day. They once again found themselves mobilized during the Korean War and again later during the Cuban Missile Crisis when they participated in the blockade of Cuba. 


As the Korean War started, the 10th Marines were working with a skeleton crew, but five months later they were back up to full wartime strength and ready to fight



Gulf War & War on Terrorism


In January 1990, the Regiment deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield. The Regiment was tasked with providing fire support for the 2nd Marine Division in the war to oust Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait.


Later the 10th Marines were deployed to Kuwait in early 2003 and provided fire support for Task Force Tarawa during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. 


Since 2003, the Regiment has continued to deploy battalion headquarters units and their subordinate batteries to Iraq to provide fire support and sometimes also act as provisional rifle companies especially in the Al Anbar province of the western part of the country. 


Units of the regiment also continued to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation

Enduring Freedom.

Modern Military Activities


Since its inception the Regiment has participated in exercises testing the methods of firing 155mm Howitzers from Landing Craft, as well as the twice annual Fire Exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 


The Regiment has also continuously sent Firing Batteries and Battalions to train in Okinawa and to participate in CAX, a desert training operation held at Twenty Nine Palms California at the edge of the Mojave Desert.


The Regiment has time and again shown that it can set up, fire and move to a new position with astounding speed, and twice a year they display their skill in the direct fire

competition at Fort Bragg.



In times of peace and near war, the 10th Regiment has served in Iceland, China, Japan, Lebanon, Norway and Germany, and with the Landing Force Sixth Fleet.


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