5th Battalion 10th Marines was an artillery battalion comprising three firing batteries and a headquarters battery. The battalion was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, USA and its primary weapon system was the M777A2 howitzer, with a maximum effective range of 30 km. They fell under the command of the 10th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Marine Division.
Originally activated as 3rd Battalion 10th Marines on January 1, 1941, the battalion now known as "the Steel Rain Battalion" fired the opening artillery rounds of the first U.S. offensive of World War II on August 7, 1942, against a Japanese sniper position on Guadalcanal.
After earning two Presidential Unit Citations for service on Guadalcanal and Tarawa, the battalion briefly switched designations to 5th Battalion 10th Marines. The battalion was deactivated in 1945, and its guns remained silent until 1954 when it was re-activated. With the exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, the Steel Rain Battalion did not see action again until the Gulf War. The battalion was re-designated 5th Battalion 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division in 1978 and served as the division’s general support artillery battalion. The battalion was deactivated on June 1, 2012, at Camp Lejuene, N.C.
We'll engrave the 5th Battalion 10th Marines graphic on side one and the 2nd Marine Division graphic on side two. You can choose to add "Five and Dime" or "N Street Hooligans" to side one under the 5/10 graphic—or have no text there at all.
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