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1st Medical Battalion

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Country  United States
Type  Medical
Branch  USN & USMC
1st Medical Battalion
Active  September 6, 1940 - present
Part of  1st Marine Logistics Group
Garrison/HQ  Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

1st Medical Battalion is a unit of the United States Marine Corps operated by the United States Navy that provides expeditionary Health Service Support to Marine Corps forces forward deployed to operations or humanitarian missions. The unit is based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and falls under the command of 1st Marine Logistics Group.

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Mission

Provides expeditionary health service support to the operating units of the First Marine Expeditionary Force to preserve and save every life and support the war fighting capability of the MEF.

Subordinate units

  • Headquarters and Services Company
  • Alpha Surgical Company
  • Bravo Surgical Company
  • Charlie Surgical Company
  • Each lettered Surgical Company consists of 4 Surgical Platoons that provide Role II Light Maneuver capabilities consisting of command and control, damage control resuscitation, damage control surgery, limited patient holding, radiology, laboratory and blood banking capabilities and MEDEVAC personnel and equipment. Typically, the Surgical Companies and Surgical Platoons are task organized to support the full range of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force units.

    1940 - 1941

    ACTIVATED 06 SEPTEMBER 1940 AT QUANTICO, VIRGINIA, AS THE 1ST MEDICAL BATTLION AND ASSIGNED TO THE 1ST MARINE BRIGADE

    DEPLOYED DURING OCTOBER 1940 TO GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

    REASSIGNED DURING FEBRUARY 1941 TO THE 1ST MARINE DIVISION

    RELOCATED DURING APRIL 1941 TO QUANTICO, VIRGINIA, AND PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA

    RELOCATED DURING SEPTEMBER 1941 TO NEW RIVER, NORTH CAROLINA

    1942 - 1947

    DEPLOYED DURING JUNE - JULY 1942 TO WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

    PARTICIPATED IN THE FOLLOWING WORLD WAR II CAMPAIGNS

  • GUADALCANAL
  • EASTER NEW GUINEA
  • NEW BRITAIN
  • PELELIU
  • OKINAWA
  • PARTICIPATED IN THE OCCUPATION OF NORTH CHINA, SEPTEMBER 1945 - MAY 1947

    REDEPLOYED DURING MAY 1947 TO GUAM

    1947 - 1964

    REACTIVATED 16 JULY 1947 AT CAMP PENDLETON, CALIFORNIA, AND ASSIGNED TO THE 1ST MARINE DIVISION, FLEET MARINE FORCE

    DEPLOYED DURING AUGUST 1950 TO KOBE, JAPAN

    PARTICIPATED IN THE KOREAN WAR, SEPTEMBER 1950 - JULY 1953, OPERATING FROM

  • INCHON-SEOUL
  • CHOSIN RESERVOIR
  • EAST-CENTRAL FRONT
  • WESTERN FRONT
  • PARTICIPATED IN THE DEFENSE OF THE KOREAN DEMILITARIZED ZONE, JULY 1953 - APRIL 1955

    RELOCATED DURING APRIL 1955 TO CAMP PENDLETON, CALIFORNIA

    1965 - 1993

    DEPLOYED DURING JUNE 1965 TO OKINAWA

    PARTICIPATED IN THE WAR IN VIETNAM, MARCH 1966 - APRIL 1971, OPERATING FROM

  • CHU LAI
  • DA NANG
  • AN HOA
  • QUANG TRI
  • PHU BAI
  • RELOCATED DURING APRIL 1971 TO CAMP PENDLETON, CALIFORNIA

    PLACED UNDER THE OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF THE 1ST FORCE SERVICE SUPPORT GROUP, FLEET MARINE FORCE, ON 30 MARCH 1976

    PARTICIPATED IN OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD AND DESERT STORM, SOUTHWEST ASIA, AUGUST 1990 - APRIL 1991

    PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION RESTORE HOPE, SOMALIA, DECEMBER 1992 - JANUARY 1993

    Honors and Awards

    PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER WITH ONE SILVER AND TWO BRONZE STARS

    WORLD WAR II

  • GUADALCANAL - 1942
  • PELELIU, NGESBUS - 1944
  • OKINAWA - 1945
  • KOREA

  • 1950
  • 1951
  • VIETNAM

  • 1966 - 1967
  • 1967 - 1968
  • JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER

  • SOMALIA 1992 - 1993
  • NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER WITH ONE BRONZE STAR

  • KOREA 1952 - 1953
  • SOUTHWEST ASIA 1990 - 1997
  • MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER WITH TWO BRONZE STARS

  • VIETNAM 1968 - 1969
  • 1984 - 1986
  • 1995 - 1997
  • AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER WITH ONE BRONZE STAR

    ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN STREAMER WITH ONE SILVER AND ONE BRONZE STAR

    WORLD WAR II VICTORY STREAMER

    NAVY OCCUPATION SERVICE STREAMER WITH "ASIA"

    CHINA SERVICE STREAMER

    NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO BRONZE STARS

    KOREAN SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO SILVER STARS

    SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO BRONZE STARS

    KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER

    VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY WITH PALM STREAMER

    VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER

    References

    1st Medical Battalion Wikipedia


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