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1st Marine Division
Founded1 February 1941
Country1st Marine Division United States
Branch1st Marine Division United States Marine Corps
TypeGround combat element
SizeDivision (approximately 22,000)[1]
Part ofI Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQMarine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Nickname(s)The Old Breed
Blue Diamond
Motto(s)No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy
March"Waltzing Matilda"
Engagements
  • Banana Wars
    • Occupation of Veracruz, Mexico (1914)
    • Occupation of Haiti (1915–1934)
    • Occupation of the Dominican Republic (1916–24)
    • Occupation of Cuba (1917–22)
  • World War I (5th Marines)
    • Western Front
      • German spring offensive
        • Battle of Belleau Wood
        • Battle of Soissons
      • Hundred Days Offensive
        • Battle of Saint-Mihiel
        • Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge
        • Meuse-Argonne offensive
  • World War II
    • Pacific War
      • Solomon Islands campaign
        • Guadalcanal Campaign
          • Battle of Tulagi and Gavutu–Tanambogo
          • Battle of the Tenaru
          • Battle of Edson's Ridge
          • Second and Third Battles of the Matanikau
          • Battle for Henderson Field
          • Matanikau Offensive
          • Koli Point action
      • New Britain campaign
        • Battle of Cape Gloucester
        • Battle of Talasea
      • Mariana and Palau Islands campaign
        • Battle of Peleliu
      • Volcano and Ryukyu Islands campaign
        • Battle of Okinawa
  • Chinese Civil War
    • Operation Beleaguer
  • Korean War
    • Battle of Pusan Perimeter
      • Battle of Masan
      • First Battle of Naktong Bulge
      • Second Battle of Naktong Bulge
    • Battle of Inchon
    • Second Battle of Seoul
    • Battle of Chosin Reservoir
    • First and Second Battles of Wonju
    • Battle of Hwacheon
    • Battle of the Punchbowl
    • Battle of Bunker Hill (1952)
    • First Battle of the Hook
    • Battle for Outpost Vegas
    • Battle of the Samichon River
  • Cold War
    • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Vietnam War
    • Operation Starlite
    • Operation Piranha
    • Operation Oregon
    • Operation Hastings
    • Operation Medina
    • Operation Kentucky
    • Operation Union
    • Operation Union II
    • Operation Swift
    • Operation Allen Brook
    • Tet Offensive
    • Battle of Khe Sanh
    • Battle of Kham Duc
    • Operation Auburn
    • Operation Badger Tooth
    • Operation Napoleon/Saline
    • Battle of Huế
    • Operation Scotland II
    • Operation Mameluke Thrust
    • Operation Imperial Lake
  • Nicaraguan Revolution
    • Operation Golden Pheasant
  • Gulf War
    • Battle of Khafji
    • Battle of Kuwait International Airport
    • Liberation of Kuwait
  • Operation Garden Plot
    • 1992 Los Angeles riots
  • Somali Civil War
    • Operation Restore Hope
    • Operation United Shield
  • 1999 East Timorese crisis
    • International Force East Timor
  • Global War on Terrorism
    • Iraq War
      • Invasion of Iraq
        • Battle of Umm Qasr
        • Battle of Al Faw (2003)
        • Battle of Nasiriyah
        • Battle of Al Kut (2003)
        • Battle of Hillah (2003)
        • Battle of Baghdad
      • Anbar campaign (2003–2011)
        • 2004 Iraq spring fighting
        • First Battle of Fallujah
        • Battle of Ramadi (2004)
        • Battle of Husaybah (2004)
        • Battle of Najaf (2004)
        • Second Battle of Fallujah
        • Operation Steel Curtain
        • Battle of Ramadi (2006)
        • Battle of Donkey Island
        • Operation Phantom Thunder
        • Operation Alljah
        • Operation Arbead II
        • Operation Mawtini
    • War in Afghanistan (2001–2021)
      • United States invasion of Afghanistan
        • Fall of Kandahar
      • Battle of Shewan
      • Battle of Nawzad
      • Helmand province campaign
        • Battle of Dahaneh
        • Battle of Garmsir
        • Operation Strike of the Sword
        • Operation Moshtarak
        • Battle of Sangin (2010)
    • War against the Islamic State
      • Operation Inherent Resolve
Commanders
CommanderMajGen Benjamin T. Watson
Notable
commanders
  • Holland Smith
  • Alexander Vandegrift
  • William H. Rupertus
  • Oliver P. Smith
  • James M. Masters, Sr.
  • Edwin A. Pollock
  • Herman Nickerson Jr.
  • James Mattis
  • Pedro Del Valle
  • Robert O. Bare
  • Edward W. Snedeker
  • Frank Libutti
  • Lawrence D. Nicholson

The 1st Marine Division (1st MARDIV) is a Marine division of the United States Marine Corps headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. It is the ground combat element of the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).

It is the oldest and largest active duty division in the United States Marine Corps, representing a combat-ready force of 22,000 personnel. It is one of three active duty divisions in the Marine Corps today and is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force. It is nicknamed "The Old Breed".

  1. ^ "Camp Pendleton, California". www.1stmardiv.marines.mil. Retrieved 3 April 2023.

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