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Second Battalion First Marines Vietnam Memorial

HQ & SVC • Echo • Fox • Golf • Hotel

 
 
Second Battalion First Marines Vietnam Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
1. Second Battalion First Marines Vietnam Memorial
Inscription.  
Vietnam
Dedicated to all who serve with or supported Second Battalion First Marines, FMF
1965-1971
"Ghost Battalion

Unit Honors
Presidential Unit Citation
Streamer with 3 Bronze Stars

Navy Unit Commendation
Streamer

Meritorious Unit Commendation
Streamer with 2 Bronze Stars

National Defense Service
Streamer

Vietnam Service Streamer
with 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Stars

Vietnam Cross of Gallantry
with Palm Streamer

Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation
Civil Actions Streamer


Initially, units of the battalion conducted heliborne raids into enemy-held areas. Because these assault units would suddenly appear, then disappear oly to reappear in a different location, the enemy radio operators referred to the battalion as "Ghosts."

During May 1968 while operating in the Khe Sanh area, the battalion outmaneuvered element of the North Vietnamese Army. When the NVA commander informed his HQ command that he lost contact with the battalion, he was relieved of his command. The intercepted NVA

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"They learned not to rely on us; they learned to rely on each other. And they were special in another way: They chose to be faithful. They chose to reject the fashionable skepticism of their time. They chose to believe and answer the call of duty. They had the wild, wild courage of youth. They seized certainty from the heart of an ambivalent age; they stood for something. And we owe them something, those boys. We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we."
Ronald Reagan, 1986

 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #40 Ronald Reagan series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1968.
 
Location. 38° 32.416′ N, 77° 20.61′ W. Marker is in Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Memorial can be reached from Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Joplin Road (Virginia Route 619), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle VA 22172, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. America's 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Company 2nd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment
Second Battalion First Marines Vietnam Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
2. Second Battalion First Marines Vietnam Memorial
(within shouting distance of this marker); Firefighter Marines 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Marines of the 1st 155 Gun Battery SP (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lieutenants of The Base School Class 3-67 and 41st OCC (within shouting distance of this marker); Golf Company 2/7 (within shouting distance of this marker); 'Staff Sergeant Reckless' (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marine Corps Engineers Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Triangle.
 
Second Battalion First Marines Vietnam Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
3. Second Battalion First Marines Vietnam Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Apr. 12, 2024