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11th Marine Regiment “Cannon Cockers” Official History
The present 11th Marine Regiment has been preceded by three other organizations having similar designations. The first was activated during World War I on 3 January 1918 as the 11th Marine Regiment. Originally planned as a light artillery regiment, it was converted to an infantry unit and went to France as part of the 5th Marine Brigade in the waning days of the war. It failed to see combat and returned home to be disbanded on 11 August 1919.
On 9 May 1927, another 11th Regiment was activated from troops in Haiti and at Quantico for service in Nicaragua of brief duration. The regimental headquarters was disbanded on 51 July 1927, and the two battalions in September. Renewed political problems in Nicaragua and the intensified guerrilla campaign of the bandit leader Augusto Sandino caused the activation of another 11th Regiment at Norfolk, Virginia, and San Diego, California, in January 1928. A third battalion was organized on the east coast on 21 March 1928. Again, service in Nicaragua was brief, with the third battalion being disbanded on 15 June 1929 and the remainder of the regiment on 31 August 1929.
With the approach of World War II and the consequent expansion of the Marine Corps, an 11th Marines (Artillery) was activated at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on 1 March 1941. Activation of the regiment's organic battalions already had been underway since 1 September 1940 when the 1st Battalion was created. After its return to the United States from Cuba, the regiment (less the 1st Battalion) shipped overseas with the 1st Marine Division to New Zealand in June-July 1942. The 1st Battalion went to Samoa with the 7th Marines in March 1942.
The 11th Marines landed on Guadalcanal in August with the 1st Marine Division and played an especially significant part in the Battle of the Tenaru and the Battle of Edson's Ridge. The 1st Battalion rejoined the regiment in September on Guadalcanal. On 15 December 1942, the 11th Marines left Guadalcanal for Australia, rested and reorganized, and then reentered combat on New Britain at Cape Gloucester on 26 December 1943. Here the regiment furnished support to the infantry in their capture of the Japanese airdrome. Following the New Britain campaign came a period of preparation for the Peleliu landing where the regiment was actively engaged.
For the first two weeks after the 15 September 1944 landing on Peleliu, all artillery support was handled both novelly and conventionally, providing massed preparatory, harassing, and interdicting fire. Later, the artillery was used to fire directly into the mouths of enemy caves. In March 1945, the 11th Marines left for Okinawa, its final combat operation of World War II. There the regiment played an important defensive role with effective counter-battery fire, and steadily suppressed enemy attempts to counter-attack objectives already won by U.S. forces. With the war won, in the fall of 1945 the 11th Marines moved to Tientsin in North China where it was soon involved in trying to keep peace in the midst of the increasing conflict between rival Chinese factions. Early in 1947, the regiment returned to the United States to be reduced virtually to a battalion-sized unit.
Three years later the Communist North Koreans invaded South Korea, and the 1st Battalion was part of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade deployed in August 1950 to the Pusan Perimeter to help stem their advance. Other battalions were organized in the United States and were available for service when the 1st Division made the Inchon landing. Shifted back to the east coast of Korea, the battalions were attached to regimental combat teams and participated in the Chosin Reservoir campaign of 1950. The 11th Marines participated in continued heavy action on the East Central Front throughout 1951, and in March 1952, moved to the Western Front. The 11th was finally able to sail from Korea for the United States and Camp Pendleton on 7 March 1955.
The years between 1955 and 1965 were spent in continued training to maintain a constant state of readiness. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, the 11th Marines played a role in the task force ordered to impose a naval quarantine against arms shipments to Cuba.
A new era opened on 8 March 1965 when the Marines were committed to ground action in South Vietnam. Beginning on 16 August 1965, the regiment was gradually deployed to South Vietnam. The transfer was completed by the arrival of the 2d Battalion on 27 May 1966. The nature of the war required the artillerymen to defend their own positions against numerous enemy probes and brought about a vastly increased employment of artillery by helicopters, both for displacement and resupply.
The regimental history in Vietnam was characterized as fighting by detachments in dispersed areas. Hastings, Hue City, Napoleon-Saline II, Oklahoma Hills, Pipestone Canyon, and Imperial Lake were some of the more significant operations in which the regiment participated. Redeployment to the United States started in October 1970 when the 4th Battalion left for Twentynine Palms, California. The 1st Battalion was the last unit of the regiment to depart for the United States and Camp Pendleton in May 1971.
During the next decade, the 11th Marines experienced a high level of activity, participating in many training and support exercises. In 1975 the regiment provided support for Operation New Arrival and the Vietnamese refugees. The 11th Marines participated in numerous training exercises throughout the 1980s to maintain the regiment’s high level of operational readiness.
The regiment's ability to respond quickly to a crisis was put to the test in August 1990, when Iraq invaded and occupied its neighbor, Kuwait. President George Bush immediately ordered American forces, including Marines, to the Persian Gulf, to deter a possible Iraqi assault into Saudi Arabia. Elements of the 11th Marines began departing Camp Pendleton on 25 August as part of the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, enroute to Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Shield. Early in September, 7th MEB was absorbed by I Marine Expeditionary Force. The mission of the 11th Marines was to provide effective artillery support to the various task forces comprising the 1st Marine Division. Upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, the regiment began an intensive training program, which included liaison with the famous British "Desert Rats," the 40th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
Iraq's refusal to remove its forces from occupied Kuwait soon changed the 11th Marines tactical posture from defense to offense. Close study of Iraqi defense arrangement began in earnest, as well as efforts to develop effective countermeasures. The 11th Marines enhanced its combat posture during November and December 1990 with live-fire artillery training exercises.
Operation Desert Storm began early on 17 January 1991, and the 11th Marines fired its first artillery mission against Iraqi forces, when elements of the regiment conducted an early morning surface artillery raid just south of Khafji. This was the first in a series of 11th Marines artillery raids conducted along the Saudi Arabian/Kuwaiti border, both on the Persian Gulf coast and along the south-west border area near several oil fields. As the major coalition ground offensive began on 24 February, the 11th Marine Regiment was already inside Kuwait providing vital fire support to Task Forces Grizzly and Taro. Throughout Operation Desert Storm, the 11th Marines provided close and continuous fire support to the 1st Marine Division.
Upon the 28 February 1991 ceasefire which ended the fighting, the 11th Marines prepared to leave the Persian Gulf for home. The regiment's seven-month deployment and the Gulf War came to an end on 5 April with a much-deserved welcome at Camp Pendleton, California.
Throughout the remaining years of the decade, elements of the 11th Marines participated in Operation Sea Angel in Bangladesh and in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. The regiment also assisted in fire-fighting efforts in the western United States during the summer of 1994 and again, four years later in the summer of 1998. In March of 1997, batteries participated in support of the Hunter Warrior Advanced Warfighting Experiment. The experiment took place on Camp Pendleton, California and brought back valuable information on maneuver warfare in conjunction with supporting arms.
The horrific terrorist attacks of 2001 marked the start of the global war on terror. The Cannon Cockers were ready when the order was given to deploy. Beginning in 2003, the 11th Marine Regiment actively participated in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. This included deploying as a regiment to Kuwait and Iraq in January-May of 2003. From 2004-2009, elements from the Regiment deployed in support of all major contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009, the world’s focus shifted towards the Afghanistan area of operations. From 2009-to present day, Cannon Cocker batteries have supported Operation Enduring Freedom without any lapse in coverage.
Whether elements from 11th Marine Regiment deploy in support of west coast Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs), as part of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP), 31st MEU, or Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Forces (SPMAGTFs), one can be rest assured that the Cannon Cockers of 11th Marine Regiment will continue to provide timely and accurate fire support to maneuver elements in any clime and place.
World War II Guadalcanal - 1942
Peleliu, Ngesebus – 1944
Okinawa - 1945
Korea - 1950, 1950, 1951
Vietnam - 1966, 1966-1967, 1967-1968
Irag – 2003
World War II
Cape Gloucester - 1943-1944
Korea - 1952-1953
SouthWest Asia - 1990-1991
Vietnam 1968, 1994
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Second Nicaraguan Campaign Streamer
American Defense Service Streamer with one Bronze Star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with one Silver and one Bonze Star
World War II Victory Streamer
Navy Occupation Service Streamer with "ASIA"
China Service Streamer
National Defense Service Streamer with three Bronze Stars
Korean Service Streamer with two Silver Stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamer
Vietnam Service Streamer with two Silver and two Bronze Stars
SouthWest Asia Service Streamer with two Bronze stars
Afghanistan Campaign with one Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Streamer with two Bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Streamer
Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer
Korean Presidential Unit Citation Streamer
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Streamer
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Blazon: A rectangle per fess red and gold bordered black, inscribed THE CANNON COCKERS in chief gold and 11th Marines in base red with a muzzle loading field cannon and ramrod in natural colors.
Nickname: The Cannon Cockers
Symbolism: The Regiment’s insignia recalls the close association with the British Army’s 42nd Field Artillery Regiment during the Korean War (1950 – 1953) by use of the Royal Artillery Crest – the field cannon and backing with the red and gold colors of the United States Marine Corps. The nickname and the title identify the Regiment.
History: The Regiment was presented its insignia by the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers of the 42nd Royal Field Artillery Regiment – in the form of a plaque – near Munsan-ni, Korea on 7 September 1954. A similar plaque remains with the 42nd.
Around the world, St. Barbara is recognized as the patron saint of field artillerymen. We associate her commitment and Courage with the qualities of those who have over the centuries, served the guns.
According to Legend, Barbara was the beautiful daughter of a wealthy pagan named Dioscorus, who lived in Necomedia, in Asia Minor around 300 A.D. Recognizing her unsurpassed beauty, Dioscorus imprisoned Barbara in a tower during his frequent and prolonged absences. But even incarceration could not keep this young beautiful woman from converting to Christianity. When the Pagan, Dioscorus learned of Barbara's conversion and her refusal to denounce her Christianity, he was enraged and dragged her before the local prefect who decreed the she be tortured and beheaded. Dioscorus carried out the sentence with his own sword. Later that same day, as the brutal heathen made his way home, he was struck down and consumed by a blinding flash of lightening. Only the remnants of his scorched garments and scarred sword remained as a reminder of his evil deed and of God's wrath.
Because of her faithfulness and her association with the avenging thunderbolt, Barbara has become the traditional patron saint of those who would seek protection from thunderstorms, fire, explosions, and sudden death. The gunners of the 17th century adopted St. Barbara as their patron saint because of the questionable reliability of their own cannons and to this day, artillerymen revere her selfless sacrifice and dignified service.
Therefore, Saint Barbara has come to be known as our benefactress to watch over all artillerymen throughout the world. It has become a proper tradition to remember St. Barbara in a what that is truly fitting of professional artillerymen. Upon gathering of the Marines that serve field artillery - a hearty meal with great amenities is served; the time-honored tradition of laying the artillery punch is performed, followed by the ceremonial induction of new artillerymen into the order of St. Barbara.
We Artillerymen are indeed a very privileged group. In addition to the protection of our Patron Saint during life, we can look forward to our own special heaven after the sounding of TAPS. I refer, of course, to FIDDLER's GREEN.
Down through the ages, all purveyors of the fire, members of the ancient profession of stone hurlers, catapulters, rocketeers, and GUNNERs, better known as Field Artillerymen, have discussed this special place in the hereafter, where someday each of us will be privileged to roam. There are as many tales of the Green as there are old Artillerymen; stories rich with the smell of gunpowder and campfires; and flavored with a taste of Artillery Punch. Imagine, if you will, a starry night, many years ago...
In Gun Position 15 (which for you youngsters is now Artillery Firing Area 31) just after a coordinated illum mission, nestled in the shadows of the Regimental CP is a battery of smoothbore cannon camped for the night. As the campfires dim and the flasks of rum and lemon empty, the conversation turns to life in the hereafter. A rugged old section chief is surprised to learn that not all present have heard of supplies of GRID SQUARES, ST-1's, B-1-RD's; few have ever been sent to fetch a hundred meters of gun target line or for the combination to the firing lock; fewer still have been availed of the highest of knowledge; the greatest piece of Artillery lore; the Special Destiny awaiting all Artillerymen. As the young cannoneers listen intently, he shares with them the Legend of FIDDLER's GREEN.
It is generally conceded, he explains, that the souls of the departed eventually end up in Heaven or Hell. Heaven lies about six klicks down the dusty road to eternity and can be reached by turning left at the first crossroad. From that same junction, Hell is about eight or nine klicks straight ahead. The road is easy to identify; it's the one paved with good intentions. A little way down the road to Hell, there's a sign pointing to a trail that runs off to the right of the main road which reads:
When Artillerymen die, their souls form up in the battery area, where they are regrouped into gun sections. Then, they load their belongings onto a caisson or 5-Ton, whichever isn't deadlined, point their Advanced Party down that long road to Eternity and move out at the authorized speed limit (as set by the Regimental Motor Transport Officer). Like all crusty old Marines, Artillerymen face the call to eternal damnation calmly, and pass by the turnoff to heaven without a second glance... BUT, unlike the others, Artillerymen are met by a Gun Guide at the next turnoff--the road to FIDDLER's GREEN. The road to Hell, which continues beyond, is crowded with Engineers, Infantrymen, Aviators, and other miscreants, not to mention the droves of Sailors and Soldiers (of the non-redleg variety). It is at this point that Field Artillerymen bid farewell to their old comrades and wheel their teams down the trail to the Green.
The Green nestles in a large valley spotted with trees and crossed with many cool streams. One can see countless tents and several large buildings in the center. Laughter can be heard from afar off. At the entrance are several long picket lines for the prime movers as well as picket lines of another kind with members of the local chapter of the Environmental Protection Agency. Oh well, at least Arty Mechs are on hand to service the pieces after the long march.
There is a representative of the Almighty Great Gunner present to scan the rolls of the Orders of Saint Barbara and to attest to the fact that all who are seeking entrance are true Artillerymen. Once certified, true Artillerymen are met with open arms and immediately given a generous flask of that Immortal Nectar---Artillery Punch.
FIDDLER's GREEN is a unique place. It is believed to be the only Heaven claimed by a professional group as exclusively it's own. (However, our Marine Corps brethren, those who didn't serve the Field Artillery, guard the streets of someone else's Heaven and call us if they need reinforcing fires.)
The Green is a gathering place of rugged professionals. Their claim to fame is that they served their pieces well and selflessly while on earth. The souls of all departed Artillerymen are camped here, forever gathered in comradeship. In the center of their countless tents and campfires is an old exchange where liquor is free. There are Taverns and Dance Halls. Credit is good; no questions asked. There is always a glass, a friend, and a song. Daily routine consists of full time R&R. There isn't even a Command Duty roster. Everything is strictly non-regulation. The chow is plentiful and good, and.....there is no waiting in line. The main pastimes are dancing, drinking, and singing all day... and, well... dancing, drinking, and singing all night. The Green flows with rum, whiskey and pleasures known only to a few on earth. The Chiefs of Artillery, old Battery Commanders, Section Chiefs, and Gunners down through the Powder Man---they are all here.
Periodically, an Artilleryman feels a compulsion to continue down the road to Hell. He repacks his gear, fills his canteens with Artillery Punch, makes provisions for his horse (or tops off the HMMWV) and bids farewell to his comrades. He departs for the main road, turning South towards Hell. He was not forced to leave the Green, but felt he must go of his own accord. HAH, do not despair my friends! Not a single Artilleryman has ever made it all the way to Hell, because their canteens of Artillery Punch are empty long before they make it and they have to return to the Green for a refill---NEVER again to leave.
This then is the story of FIDDLER's GREEN. There are many versions. Of course, occasionally, stories circulate to the effect that the Green is shared with Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, and Coast Guardsmen. Don't you believe it. Only the Officers and Men of the Noblest Arm, the King of Battle, the Field Artillery, could continue to enjoy the comradeship and spirit of their most honored occupation after death. Just as in life, where not all are privileged to be Field Artillerymen, so too after death, only these privileged few may enjoy the rewards of a special Heaven that is uniquely their own.
So, fellow Artillerymen, as we Close Station, March Order to decamp the gun postion of life, having occupied this position in service to our great nation, we contemplate our movement brief and proceed with confidence that, protected by Saint Barbara, we need fear nothing. And even if we should collide with the rocks of temptation or bog down in the quagmire of sin, remember....our comrades will be waiting for us by the campfire at FIDDLER's GREEN.
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Worship Services aboard Camp Pendleton may be found at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton > Main Menu > Staff & Agencies > Chaplains (marines.mil), or can be obtained by calling the Religious Development Center (760) 725-4700, Marine Memorial Chapel (760) 725-5322 or Blinder Memorial Chapel (760) 725-2929.
Additional information and resources such as Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, and specialized programs, such as CREDO and PREP, may also be found at the above link.
In these days a great deal is being asked of our military and military families. Tremendous moral and spiritual strength is required to succeed. The chaplain is a confidential resource for Marines, Sailors and their dependents. Let us know how we can be of service.
The Regiment Chaplain is LCDR Stephen B. Brown who can be reached during the day at (760) 725-4941 or email email@example.com.
In case of emergency or after hours the Chaplain may be reached through the Regimental CDO at (760) 725-3627.
On behalf of the Commanding Officer and the Marines and Sailors of the 11th Marine Regiment “The Cannon Cockers”, welcome to the Unit, Personal, and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) Web page. The Marine Corps recognizes that the families of its Marines and Sailors are an important asset and should be treated as such. Family Readiness is an essential component to the success of the unit’s mission, and offers the support needed to lessen the impact of deployments or other military commitments on the military family. We recognize that supporting Marines and Sailors through these times takes great sacrifice, and that military families also need support.
Unit Personal and Family Readiness is designed to ensure Marines, Sailors and families are prepared and equipped with the knowledge and tools to successfully meet the challenges of the military lifestyle. The importance of educating, informing, and tending to the needs of all Marines, Sailors and their families, is our priority. The UPFRP offers ample information and resources to assist Marines, Sailors and family members in attaining personal and family readiness. The Marine and Family Programs office also has many programs and can direct you to numerous organizations available to assist the families aboard Camp Pendleton.
As the Uniformed Readiness Coordinator, I am dedicated to providing you with official communication between the command, Marines, Sailors and families, information regarding Readiness and Deployment Support, assistance in finding resources and services, and coordinating events such as pre-deployments briefs, family days and homecoming celebrations.
I look forward to hearing from you. Your involvement in the Family Readiness Program would be an invaluable asset, benefiting the command and its family members. Your support, encouragement, and willingness to hold down the home front during training exercises and deployments, enable our Marines and Sailors to clear the table of other issues so they may fully focus on their military duties.
You may contact the Uniformed Readiness Coordinator via email at 11thMarinesURC@usmc.mil or (760) 763-0004.
11th Marines Regiment
Uniformed Readiness Coordinator
“Marines take care of their own – period. This enduring pledge between Marines is never more sacred than during time of war. Just as every Marine makes a commitment to the Corps when they earn the title Marine, the Corps makes an enduring commitment to every Marine – and an enduring commitment to their family.”
James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps
For any instances requiring immediate contact with the command please call the below listed numbers:
11th Marine Regiment 1st MarDiv
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5503
(760) 725-3627 (760) 725-3818 (Fax)
Family Readiness Officer:
(760) 763-0004 (760) 208-5772 (After normal working hours)
Camp Pendleton Duty Chaplain:
(760) 470-7077 (After normal working hours)
Regimental Command Duty Officer:
(760) 725-3627 (After normal working hours)
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11th Marines Procedures Concerning the Issuance of Regimental Special Orders (RSO)
43 Area Regimental Training Tank Operations
Artillery Training School Standing Operating Procedures
Assumption of Command
By Direction Authority
Ceremonial Cannon Platoon Assignment
Hike and Conditioning Program
Individual Weapons Camouflage Operations
Leave and Liberty Regulations
Operations Security Program
Personal Awards Program
Standard Distribution List
11th Marines Forces Preservation Council Policy
11th Marines Gathering Locations
11th Marines Motor Stables Policy
11th Marines Readdressal In Case Of Safety Of Use Message For The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Electrical System Disconnect For Transport And Storage
Authorization Of Commuted Rations
Conduct Of Field Day for Bachelor Enlisted Quarters
Correspondence Formatting for 11th Marines
Engineer Maintenance Procedures
Equipment Assignment Policy for Motor Transport Vehicles
Essential Records Program
Good Order and Discipline - Military Appearance, Grooming Standards and Customs and Courtesies
Limited Duty Policy for 11th Marines
Maintenance Management Reconciliation Schedule
Marine Corps Body Composition and Military Appearance Program
Records and Directives Management
43 Area Order
AreaO 5000 - Physical Training Aboard 43 Area
AreaO 11180.1 - 43 Area Chapel Use Order
AreaO 11010.D - Camp Augment Program Order For The 43 Area
AreaO P1601.1J - 43 Area Guard Force
MCO 1720.2A Suicide Prevention Order
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To the Marines and Sailors joining 11th Regiment “The Cannon Cockers”, welcome to our team. 11th Marine Regiment has a storied tradition of excellence and a reputation across the 1st Marine Division for our mission capability, flexibility, and timely and accurate fires. Camp Pendleton and MCAGCC provides the 11th Marine Regiment with unique and challenging training opportunities, giving our Marines experience across a wide spectrum of operations. The expectation is that when you arrive at 11th Marine Regiment, you are ready to jump in with a dynamic group of professionals dedicated to mission accomplishment and the welfare of our Marines, Sailors, and their families. To assist in this transition, we are committed to making the move to Camp Pendleton and integration of your family with the Regiment as smooth and pleasant as possible and have detailed check-in procedures and base resources below. Again, we are honored to have you as part of the 11th Marine Regiment family and look forward to seeing you in the near future!
The 11th Marine Regiment command is dedicated to taking care of not just our Marines and Sailors, but their families as well. We fully understand the sacrifices your family makes while you are in training and deployed. We thank you for your service, sacrifice and commitment. Our commitment to you is to provide you with information and referral services that will help enhance your quality of life.
To this end, designated members of the command are tasked with ensuring that every new Marine and Sailor receives quality transition assistance. Our Family Readiness Program and is designed to welcome new members and assist you and your family with the transition to Camp Pendleton and integration within the Regiment.
Our goal is to assist you and your family with the transition and quick integration to your new duty station and command. You can count on us to provide:
-A sponsor of equal or higher rank to assist with your transition to the command.
-Provide information on command, referral services, and provide deployment support.
Prior to your arrival, your sponsor stands at the ready to be a resource for any situation that you may encounter.
The Uniform for check in is service "A".
Below are links to resources available on Camp Pendleton.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton > Main Menu > Services > Family Housing > Family Housing (marines.mil)
Household Goods (DMO):
School Liaison (marines.mil)
Family Care | MCCS Camp Pendleton (mccscp.com)
Colonel Eldridge was born in Connecticut. He attended Salve Regina University and graduated with a B.A.S in Secondary Education and History. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1998....
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