Quantico National Cemetery in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
This Memorial is dedicated to the members of the First Marine Raider Battalion. Led by Lt. Col Merrit A. Edson, their courage in combat stood forth at Tulagi, Guadalcanal, and New Georgia, B. S. I., during World War II. Their heroic action during the Battle of Bloody Ridge, 12 - 13 September, 1942, defeated the major Japanese attempt to destory the U. S. Marine forces on Guadalcanal.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the National Cemeteries series list.
Location. 38° 32.469′ N, 77° 21.615′ W. Marker is in Quantico National Cemetery, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Quantico Drive. This marker is on the Quantico National Cemetery Memorial Trail, located near the center of the cemetery grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. The ‘Striking Sixth’ Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Servicemen and Women Held Prisoner by Terrorists Memorial Commonwealth of Virginia Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Marine Division Association Memorial (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Purple Heart Memorial (about 300 feet away); Sixth Marine Division (about 300 feet away); Fourth Marine Division Association Memorial (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quantico National Cemetery.
More about this marker. The Edson's Raiders Memorial was the first Memorial placed in Quantico National Cemetery. The Memorial is dedicated to the 800 members of the First Marine Raider Battalion funded and erected by Edson's Raiders Association. The Raiders played a key part in the vastly outnumbered American forces pushing back the Japanese troops in the British Solomon Islands (B.S.I.) between August 1942 and October 1943. The boulders within commemorate the battles at Tulagi, New Georgia and Guadalcanal. Links to other markers along the Memorial Trail are provided in the Related Markers section below.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . U.S. Marine Raiders Official Web Site. (Submitted on November 13, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,078 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 13, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.