MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE ‘88
Second Battalion, 4th Marines
VG. Hardcover. Yearbook of the Mediterranean cruise of 2nd Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, commencing July 1988, as part of the forward deployed Battalion Landing Teams of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. This battalion had previously served in Shanghai from 1932 until the fall of the Philippines, and was later reactivated as the 4th Battalion, 1st Raider Regiment on Guadalcanal in 1942. In March 1944 it was reassigned to the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, and to the 6th Marine Division in September 1944. By the end of the war it had participated in campaigns in the Philippines, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, the Bismark Archipelago, Guam and Okinawa. It was the first American combat unit to land on the Japanese mainland. During Vietnam, the 2nd Battalion served in combat operations from 1965 to 1969.