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1st Battalion 5th MarinesWith approximately 800 Marines and Sailors, 1/5 consists of the following subordinate units: Alpha Company (formerly 17th Company), Bravo Company (formerly 49th Company), Charlie Company (formerly 66th Company), Delta Company (formerly 67th Company), the Weapons Company and Headquarters and Service Company. 

1st Battalion 5th Marines Mission

1st Battalion, 5th Marines deploys as a Battalion Landing Team (BLT) to any operating environment and defeats our enemies across the entire spectrum of warfare.

The 1st Battalion, 5th Marines is a battalion-level infantry unit composed of infantry Marines and support personnel, designed to accomplish its mission of locating, closing with and destroying the enemy by fire and close combat.

1st Battalion 5th Marines History

US Marines Belleau WoodOn 13 July 1914, the battalion was formed at Vera Cruz, Mexico, and sailed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for service in the Caribbean theatre.

On June 1, 1917, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines were activated and deployed to France, participating in the Aisne, Aisen-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Toulon-Troyon, Chateau-Thierry, Marabache, and Limey World War I campaigns. Gunnery Sergeant Ernest A. Janson (1/5) became the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in World War I, because of his actions during the Battle of Belleau Wood.

Teufel Hunden

Marines earned the nickname Teufel Hunden or "Teufelshunde" by German soldiers to describe Marines fighting in World War I, in particular the Battle of Belleau Wood

After being reactivated in June 1920, the Battalion deployed to Nicaragua, with orders to help stabilize the local government against overthrow attempts by rebel forces. The 1st Battalion 5th Marines spent five years in Nicaragua.

During World War II, the Marines of 1st Battalion 5th Marines participated in the battles of Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Peleliu, and Okinawa.

During the Korean War, the Battalion deployed to fight the Communist force invading the Republic of Korea.

From June 1966 to March 1971, 1/5 was deployed to Vietnam, where it earned the nickname “Citadel Battalion".

In August, 1990, the 1st Battalion 5th Marines deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Storm. The battalion participated in the formation of the left half of the mechanized Task Force Ripper.

In 2003 the 1/5 deployed to Kuwait. The battalion was the first to enter Iraq, participating in April 2003 in the Battle for Baghdad (also known as “The Fall of Baghdad”). In 2004, the 1st Battalion 5th Marines returned again to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, for security and stabilization operations in Al Anbar Province, and a second and third time between March, 2004, and October, 2005.

In May, 2009, the 1st Battalion 5th Marines deployed to Afghanistan as part of Task Force Leatherneck. After leaving Afghanistan in December, the 1/5 was once more deployed to Afghanistan from March to October 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.