2nd Battalion, 5th Marines
25
1st Marine Division
Camp Pendleton, California
 

On order, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines conducts expeditionary, combined arms, and mechanized operations in order to support theater engagement plans and contingency operations.

Unit Historian: 1stLt Nagarajah

The 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines was initially formed in July 1914 and immediately sailed to the Caribbean due to political turmoil in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The battalion returned to the United States in late 1914. In June 1917, the battalion sailed for France with its present regiment. During World War I, the battalion participated in the Battle of Belleau Wood, Soisson, and the Meuse-Argonne Campaign. For these actions, the battalion was twice awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and once with Gold Star. The FOURRAGERE, representing these awards, and is worn today by members of the battalion.

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines participated in the post-war occupation of Germany and returned to the United States in August 1919. In 1920, at Quantico, Virginia, the battalion was ordered to guard U.S. mail trains. During this period, it also participated in reenactments of Civil War battles. The battalion was sent to Nicaragua in 1927 to fight bandits and supervised the 1928 national elections there.

At Quantico from 1934 on, the battalion participated in numerous exercises contributing to the development of the Marine Corps Amphibious Doctrine. In 1941 2nd Battalion 5th Marines joined the newly formed 1st Marine Division at New River, North Carolina. The 1st Marine Division departed the East Coast in 1942 and has never returned. During World War II, that battalion fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa. After the war, the battalion served on occupation duty in North China until 1947.

In July 1950, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines sailed from Camp Pendleton, California, to Pusan, Korea. In August, the battalion fought at the Pusan Perimeter. The battalion participated in the landing at Inchon, the liberation of Seoul, the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, and the defense of the East Central and Western Fronts. From July 1953 to February 1955, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines assisted in the defense of the Korean de-militarized zone after which it returned to Camp Pendleton.

In 1959, the battalion deployed to Camp Schwab, Okinawa, and then in 1960, relocated to Camp Pendleton. In April 1966, the battalion deployed to the Republic of Vietnam. During the next five years the battalion participated in combat operations in Hue city, Que Son, Phu Bai, Dong Ha and Phu Loc. The battalion returned to Camp Pendleton in 1971, and in 1975 participated in Operation New Arrival, the relocation of Southeast Asian Refugees.

During the next fifteen years, the battalion deployed regularly as part of the Marine Corps Unit Deployment Program. In December 1990, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines sailed for the Persian Gulf and participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines landed in Saudi Arabia and participated in the liberation of Kuwait. During the return transit to the United States, the battalion was diverted to Bangladesh in order to provide humanitarian relief as part of Operation Sea Angel.

In 1993, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines deployed as the Battalion Landing Team for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operation Capable) and participated in operations in Rwanda and Somalia. In 1995 the Battalion began regular deployments to Okinawa for service as the Battalion Landing Team for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and participated in several operations in East Timor.

In February 2003, the Battalion deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. In March, the Battalion attacked into Iraq, freed the Iraqi people and conducted peacekeeping operations in Muthanna Province until its redeployment in August. The Battalion earned its 14th Presidential Unit Citation for the Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign.

In August of 2004, the Battalion once again deployed to Iraq to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

2nd Battalion, 5th Marines is the most highly decorated battalion in the United States Marine Corps. Its motto comes from its actions at Belleau Wood during WW I. The fleeing French advised the newly arrived Marines to retreat in the face of overwhelming odds. The Battalion’s response: “Retreat, Hell!”

2D BATTALION, 5TH MARINES

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER WITH TWO SILVER AND THREE BRONZE STARS
 (SOLOMON ISLANDS, 7 AUGUST-9 DECEMBER 1942)
 (PELELIU, NGESEBUS, 15-29 SEPTEMBER 1944)
 (OKINAWA, 1-21 JUNE 1945)
 (KOREA, 7 AUGUST-7 SEPTEMBER 1950)
 (KOREA, 15 SEPTEMBER-11 OCTOBER 1950)
 (KOREA, 27 NOVEMBER-11 DECEMBER 1950)
 (KOREA, 21-26 APRIL, 16 MAY-30 JUNE, AND 11-25 SEPTEMBER 1951)
 (VIETNAM, (3D MARDIV), 5-12 APRIL 1966)
 (VIETNAM, 27 MAY 1966 – 24 APRIL 1967 AND 6 JUNE-15 SEPTEMBER 1967)
 (VIETNAM, 25 APRIL-5 JUNE 1967)
 (VIETNAM, 16 SEPTEMBER 1967 – 3 FEBRUARY 1968, 3 MARCH – 22 JULY 1968
AND 24-31 OCTOBER 1968)
 (VIETNAM, 4 FEBRUARY – 2 MARCH 1968)
 (VIETNAM, 20 NOVEMBER-6 DECEMBER 1968)
 (IRAQ, 21 MARCH-24 APRIL 2003)

JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER
 (BANGLADESH, 10 MAY-13 JUNE 1991)

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER WITH FOUR BRONZE STARS
 (KOREA, 11 AUGUST 1952 – 5 MAY 1953 AND 7-27 JULY 1953)
 (VIETNAM, 7 DECEMBER 1968 – 8 MARCH 1969)
 (SOUTHWEST ASIA, 14 AUGUST 1990 – 16 APRIL 1991)
 (11 SEPTEMBER 2001 – 31 JANUARY 2002)
 (IRAQ, SEPTEMBER 2004 – MARCH 2005)

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER WITH THREE BRONZE STARS
 (VIETNAM, 9-11 MAY 1969)
 (VIETNAM, 23 JULY-23 OCTOBER 1968)
 (SOMALIA, 2 MARCH-3 JUNE 1994)
 (1 JANUARY-31 MAY 2000)

MARINE CORPS EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER
 (DISTANT RUNNER, APRIL 1994)

WORLD WAR I VICTORY STREAMER WITH ONE SILVER STAR 
 (AISNE OPERATION, 1-5 JUNE 1918)
 (AISNE-MARNE OPERATION, 18-20 JULY 1918)
 (ST MIHIEL OPERATION, 12-16 SEPTEMBER 1918)
 (MEUSE-ARGONNE OPERATION, 29 SEPTEMBER-10 OCTOBER, 21-22 OCTOBER
AND 25 OCTOBER-11 NOVEMBER 1918)
 (DEFENSE SECTOR OPERATION, TOULON-TROYON SECTOR, 18 MARCH-13 MAY 1918
  CHATEAU-THIERRY SECTOR, 6 JUNE-16 JULY 1918, MARBACHE SECTOR, 6-16
JULY 1918 AND LIMEY SECTOR, 10-11 SEPTEMBER 1918)
ARMY OF OCCUPATION OF GERMANY STREAMER
 (13 DECEMBER 1918 – 19 JULY 1919)

SECOND NICARAGUAN CAMPAIGN STREAMER
 (10 JANUARY-21 JULY 1927, 1 APRIL 1928 – 5 JANUARY 1929, AND 14 FEBRUARY 1929 –
12 APRIL 1930)

AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER WITH ONE BRONZE STAR
 (CUBA, 16 OCTOBER 1940 – 3 APRIL 1941)

ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN STREAMER WITH ONE SILVER AND ONE BRONZE STAR
 (GUADALCANAL, TULAGI LANDINGS 7-9 AUGUST 1942)
 (CAPTURE AND DEFENSE OF GUADALCANAL, 10 AUGUST-9 DECEMBER 1942)
 (EASTERN NEW GUINEA OPERATION, 8 OCTOBER-25 DECEMBER 1943)
 (BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO OPERATION, 26 DECEMBER 1943 – 1 MARCH 1944
AND 5 MARCH-25 APRIL 1944)
 (WESTERN CAROLINE OPERATION, 15 SEPTEMBER – 14 OCTOBER 1944)
 (OKINAWA GUNTO OPERATION, 1 APRIL-30 JUNE 1945)

WORLD WAR II VICTORY STREAMER
 (7 DECEMBER 1941 – 31 DECEMBER 1946)

NAVY OCCUPATION SERVICE STREAMER WITH “ASIA”
 (OKINAWA, 2-26 SEPTEBMER 1945)

CHINA SERVICE STREAMER
 (30 SEPTEMBER 1945 – 25 MAY 1947)

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER WITH THREE BRONZE STARS
 (27 JUNE 1950 – 27 JULY 1954)
 (1 JANUARY 1961 – 15 AUGUST 1974)
 (2 AUGUST 1990 – 30 NOVEMBER 1995)
 (11 SEPTEMBER 2001 – TBD)

KOREAN SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO SILVER STARS
 (NORTH KOREAN AGGRESSION, 2 AUGUST-2 NOVEMBER 1950)
(COMMUNIST CHINA AGGRESSION, 3 NOVEMBER 1950 – 24 JANUARY 1951) 
(INCHON LANDING, 13-17 SEPTEMBER 1950)
 (FIRST UN COUNTEROFFENSIVE, 25 JANUARY-21 APRIL 1951)
 (COMMUNIST CHINA SPRING OFFENSIVE, 22 APRIL-8 JULY 1951)
 (UN SUMMER-FALL OFFENSIVE, 9 JULY-27 NOVEMBER 1951)
 (SECOND KOREAN WINTER, 28 NOVEMBER 1951 – 30 APRIL 1952)
 (KOREAN DEFENSE, SUMMER-FALL 1952, 1 MAY-30 NOVEMBER 1952)
 (THIRD KOREAN WINTER, 1 DECEMBER 1952 – 30 APRIL 1953)
 (KOREAN, SUMMER-FALL 1953, 1 MAY-27 JULY 1953)

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER
 (SOMALIA, MARCH 1994)

VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO SILVER AND TWO BRONZE STARS
 (VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN, 13 APRIL-30 JUNE 1966)
 (VIETNAMESE COUNTEROFFENSIVE PHASE II, 1 JULY 1966 – 31 MAY 1967)
 (VIETNAMESE COUNTEROFFENSIVE PHASE III, 1 JUNE 1967 – 29 JANUARY 1968)
 (TET COUNTEROFFENSIVE, 30 JANUARY-1 APRIL 1968)
 (VIETNAMESE COUNTEROFFENSIVE PHASE IV, 2 APRIL-30 JUNE 1968)
 (VIETNAMESE COUNTEROFFENSIVE PHASE V, 1 JULY-1 NOVEMBER 1968)
 (VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE PHASE VI, 2 NOVEMBER 1968 – 22 FEBRUARY 1969)
 (TET 69/COUNTEROFFENSIVE, 23 FEBRUARY-8 JUNE 1969)
 (VIETNAM, SUMMER-FALL 1969, 9 JUNE-31 OCTOBER 1969)
 (VIETNAM WINTER-SPRING 1970, 1 NOVEMBER 1969 – 30 APRIL 1970)
 (SANCTUARY COUNTEROFFENSIVE, 1 MAY-30 JUNE 1970)
 (VIETNAM COUNTEROFFENSIVE PHASE VII, 1 JULY 1970 – 22 MARCH 1971)

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER WITH THREE BRONZE STARS
 (AUGUST 1990 – 16 JANUARY 1991)
 (17 JANUARY 1991 – 11 APRIL 1991)
 (APRIL 1991)

AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN STREAMER WITH ONE BRONZE STAR
 (TRANSITION I, FEBRUARY-SEPTEMBER 2012)

IRAQ CAMPAIGN STREAMER WITH TWO BRONZE STARS
 (SEPTEMBER 2004 – MARCH 2005)
 (MARCH-OCTOBER 2007)

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER
 (21 MARCH-24 APRIL 2003)

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER
 (11 SEPTEMBER 2001 – 20 MARCH 2003)

FRENCH CROIX DE GUERRE WITH TWO PALMS AND ONE GILT STAR
 (BELLEAU WOOD, 2-13 JUNE 1918)
 (SOISSSONS, 18-19 JULY 1918)
 (CHAMPAGNE, 1-10 OCTOBER 1918)

KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER
 (2 AUGUST-6 SEPTEMBER 1950)
 (15-27 SEPTEMBER 1950)
 (26 OCTOBER 1950 – 27 JULY 1953)

VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY STREAMER WITH PALM
 (13 APRIL 1966 – 20 SEPTEMBER 1969)

VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER
 (21 SEPTEMBER 1969 – 20 NOVEMBER 1970)

Coat of Arms of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines

The Fourragere

2/5 Equal Opportunity Representatives

1stLt Eric M. Krieger

Email: eric.krieger@usmc.mil

Phone: 760-725-7546

Sgt Carlos B. Martinez

Email: carlos.b.martinez@usmc.mil

Phone: 760-763-4003

5th Marines Equal Opportunity Advisor

Gunnery Sergeant Tyler Seavy

(760) 681-0866 (C)

tyler.w.seavy@usmc.mil 

Building 62433, Room 138B

"Every Marine and Sailor of 1st Marine Division will be treated with decency, dignity, and respect, and will be provided full and equal opportunity for professional development and success. We are an elite institution of warriors. It is our shared responsibility to ensure the continued health of our collective soul and identity"

click here: NAVMC 11512 Complaint FORM
click here: NAVMC 11513 OFFENDER FORM

 

                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

2/5 Command Chaplain

Lt Ryan D. Albano

CHC, USN

Email: ryan.albano@usmc.mil

Phone: 949-480-7427

 

2/5 Religious Program Specialist:

RP3 Elijah R. McQuivey

Email: elijah.mcquivey@usmc.mil

Phone: 760-689-5795

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The Chaplain and the Religious Program Specialist are here to serve everyone. You don’t need to have the same beliefs or any religious beliefs to speak with the chaplain. They directly provide religious services and support and facilitate access to other religious professionals and materials. They are ready to connect you with military & civilian resources, give guidance and counseling, offer suggestions and strategies, and ensure that you are successful and focused. They care about you and your wellbeing. _____________________________________________________________________________

Chaplain & RP/CA Offices:

Area 62, Building # 62522, Room # 121

Office Number:

(760) 763-2957 

Cell Number:

(610) 741-4973

Duty Chaplain (emergencies during non-working days/hours)

via the Camp Pendleton Officer of the Day

(760)725-7881

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Camp Pendleton Chaplain’s Office

This link provides additional base chaplain contacts and base chapel schedules (DoD website).

https://www.pendleton.marines.mil/Staff-Agencies/Chaplains/

 

US NAVY Chaplain Corps

This link provides information about the US Navy Chaplain Corps (DoD website).

https://www.navy.mil/local/chaplaincorps/

 

SECNAV INSTRUCTION 1730.9 

PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS TO CHAPLAINS

This link is to the SECNAV instruction that pertains to chaplain confidentiality (DoD website).

https://www.secnav.navy.mil/doni/Directives/01000%20Military%20Personnel%20Support/01-700%20Morale%2C%20Community%20and%20Religious%20Services/1730.9A.pdf

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Notice of Religious Service*

All personnel & dependents are invited to a General Christian Worship Service

 

Area 62 Chapel (NW corner of intersection of San Mateo Road and E St)

 

Held weekly on Sunday: free meal served at 1700, worship service at 1800

 

*Chaplains & RPs provide or facilitate for all belief systems.

If you have a need or request regarding your religious practices, please contact the chaplain or RP for support.

_____________________________________________________________________________

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255

or

911

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

2/5 Deployment Readiness Coordinator

Melissa G. Cardenas

Email: melissa.cardenas@usmc.mil

Office Phone: 760-763-2774

Mobile Phone: 760-468-9976

 

On behalf of the Commanding Officer and our Marines and Sailors, welcome to the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines Family Readiness Program. The mission of the Family Readiness Program is to equip our Marines, Sailors and their families with the tools they need to meet the challenges of military life. As your Deployment Readiness Coordinator (formerly Family Readiness Officer - FRO), I am your liaison between the chain of Command, and you, the family members who support the Marines and Sailors of the most decorated infantry Battalion in the Marine Corps.  

Communication is vital component to navigating this military life and, while it is the primary responsibility of the individual Marine/Sailor to keep his/her family informed, the DRC can assist in this responsibility by providing resource information regarding the many services and programs that are available. 

*Please make sure that your Marine/Sailor has you listed as an Authorized Contact in their MOL Family Readiness Tab.  This will allow your DRC to give you specific information regarding training and deployment. 

**Please know that NO CASUALTY OR INJURY information will EVER come through me.

The community we create is like that of a family - we support each other in our successes and struggles.  We are better together and the network we build will equip us to sustain throughout every challenge of this military life.  As your Deployment Readiness Coordinator, I am available to help connect you to classes that will help you understand how military life works, as well as answer any questions you may have along the way.  We will provide the training and resources to ensure that every Marine, Sailor and family member is resilient and ready for whatever the mission may be. I look forward to connecting with you and having you as a valued member of our Family Readiness Team.

 

2nd BN, 5th MAR
1stMARDIV MCB
BOX 555473
Camp Pendleton
CA, 92055-5473

Battalion Officer of the Day

760-214-3318 

Camp Pendleton
Directory Assistance:
760-725-4111
 

UPS, FedEx, DHL mail use the following address:
Rank and Name
_______ Company
2d Battalion, 5th Marines
Building 62522, 3rd Street
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

2/5 SAPR-Victim Advocate

2ndLt Jaime S. Lott

Email: jaime.s.lott@usmc.mil

Phone: 703-531-9571

24/7 SAPR Support Lines:

MCB Camp Pendleton: 760.500.1707

MCAGCC/MAGTFTC 29 Palms: 760.799.0273

24/7 FAP Helplines:

MCB Camp Pendleton: 760.500.2633

MCAGCC/MAGTFTC 29 Palms: 760.362.9837

National Resources:

DOD Safe Helpline:

877-995-5247

www.safehelpline.org

Rape, Abuse, Incent National Network

800.656.4673(HOPE)

www.rainn.org

Camp Pendleton Local Resources:

Women's Resource Center: 760.757.3500

Center for Community Solutions: 888.385.4657

Palomar Health- Forensic Health Services: 760.739.2150

29 Palms Local Resources:

Partners Against Violence (Morongo Basin): 760.369.3353

Partners Against Violence (Coachella Valley): 760.568.9071

Eisenhower Medical Center: 760.340.3911

Important Documents:

sEXUAL aSSAULT pREVENTION pOLICY sTATEMENT
vICTIMS' lEGAL COUNSEL ORGANIZATION FLYER
ALNAV 021
MARINE WATCH LIST BROCHURE
Marines Watch list top 10 tips for commanders
Navy Watch list brochure
Navy watch list top 10 tips for commanders
DOD Fy19 ANNUAL REPORT ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY
Just the facts: Understanding Sexual assault in the military
Frequently Asked Questions
1st Marine Division SAPR Handout
Resources for Male Survivors

 

aDDITIONAL LINKS:

USMC SAPR Website
Camp Pendleton SAPR Webpage
29 Palms SAPR webpage
DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

 

2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment Leaders

Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel C. K. Hall

Lieutenant Colonel Clinton K. Hall grew up in Winnemucca, Nevada, where he graduated from Albert M. Lowry high school in 1996. Shortly afterward, he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps and attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California....

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Sergeant Major, 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

SgtMaj R. W. Ashby

Robert W. Ashby Jr. was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Lone Jack, Missouri. He enlisted in June 2000 and underwent training at Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California....

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