Activated 14 August 1917 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

as the 7th Regiment

Deployed during August 1917 to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Participated in the occupation of Cuba, August 1917-August 1919

Assigned during December 1917 to the 3rd Provisional Brigade

Detached during July 1918

Assigned during December 1918 to the 6th Provisional Brigade

Detached during June 1919

Relocated during August 1919 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Deactivated 6 September 1919

1thBattalion, 7thon active duty in San Diego Ca., 1 April 1921 until deactived 1 September 1924.


Reactivated 6 September 1933 at Quantico, Virginia as the 7th Marines

2ndBattalion, 7thdeployed in Cuban waters

Regiment deactivated 17 January 1934



Reactivated 1 January 1941 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and

Assigned to the 1st Marine Brigade

Reassigned during February 1941 to the 1st Marine Division

Relocated during April 1941 to Parris Island, South Carolina

Relocated during September 1941 to New River, North Carolina

Attached during March 1942 to the 3rd Marine Brigade

Deployed during April-May 1942 to Samoa

Detached during August 1942 from the 3rd Marine Brigade and

Reassigned to the 1st Marine Division

Participated in the following World War II campaigns:

GUADALCANAL, 18 September 1942 - 5 January 1943.

EASTERN NEW GUINEA, 9 - 13 October 1943

NEW BRITAIN, 26 December 1943 - 1 May 1944,

PELELIU, 15 September - 30 October 1944.

OKINAWA, 1 April - 30 June 1945.

Participated in the occupation of North China

September 1945-January 1947

Landed at Tangku, 30 September 1945.

3rd Battalion deactivated at Peitaiho, China - 15 April 1946.

7th Marines departed China 5 January 1947.

Relocated during January 1947 to Camp Pendleton, California and

Assigned to the 1st Marine Division

Deactivated 6 March 1947

7th MarinesReactivated 1 October 1947 at Camp Pendleton.
It's composition consisted of only four companies.

Deployed in Alaska, 26 January - 18 February 1949

Company "C" deployed to China 2 May - 23 June 1949 to safeguard the withdrawl of Americans and was the last element of FMF to depart China.




The Regiment minus the 3d Battalion reactivated 17 August 1950 at
Camp Pendleton, California and assigned to the 1st Marine Division

3rd Battalion, 7th Marines reactivated 11 September 1950 at Kobe, Japan.

Deployed during September 1950 to the Republic of Korea

7th Marines landed at Inchon, Korea 21 September 1950 and began active combat operations against enemy forces. Participatation in the Korean War, continued until 27 July 1953.

Operated from:





Participated in the defense of the Korean Demilitarized Zone,

July 1953-March 1955

The Regiment departed Korea on 10 March 1955 relocating to Camp Pendleton, California on 24 March 1955.

The 1st and 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines participated in the Cuban Missle Crisis, 27 October - 14 November 1962.




Deployed during July - August 1965 to the Republic of Vietnam

The 7th Marines sailed for Okinawa 23 May 1965 arriving between 9 - 18 June 1965.

The 3d Battalion, 7th Marines landed at Qui Nhon, Republic of Vietnam 1 July 1965. The first unit of the Regiment to commence operations against the enemy in Vietnam.

The rest of the Regiment entered the Republic of Vietnam between 7 July - 14 August 1965.

Participated in the war in Vietnam,1 July 1965- 13 October 1970,

Operating from:






Fire Support Base ROSS

Landing Zone BALDY


The 7th Marines departed the Republic of Vietnam and relocated during 23 September - 23 October 1970 to Camp Pendlelton, California.

and Reassigned to the 5th Marine Amphibious Brigade

Reassigned during April 1971 to the 1st Marine Division.

Relocated during January 1990 to

Twentynine Palms, California

Participated in Operations Desert Shield And Desert Storm, Southwest Asia

August 1990 - March 1991

Participated in Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, December 1992 - April 1993

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