13th Marine Regiment (United States)

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13th Marine Regiment
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13th Marine Regiment Insignia
Active1916 – 19; 1943 – 46; 1966 – 70
CountryUnited States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Corps
TypeInfantry (1916-19)
Artillery (1943-46; 1966-70)
Part of5th Marine Division
EngagementsWorld War II

Vietnam War

Major General Smedley Butler

The 13th Marine Regiment (13th Marines) is an inactivated United States Marine Corps infantry and later artillery regiment.

World War I[edit]

The 13th Marines was formed on July 3, 1916, as an infantry regiment. It embarked for France in late 1918 and served in Brest until it was deactivated on September 1, 1919.

World War II[edit]

On December 11, 1943, the regiment was reactivated and redesignated as an artillery regiment. The 13th Marines played an important role in securing Iwo Jima. On February 6, 1946, it was again inactivated.

Vietnam War[edit]

The 13th Marines were reactivated on May 1, 1966. In August 1966, the 13th Marine Regiment was deployed to South Vietnam. Battery "A" 1-13 participated in amphibious operations as part of Special Landing Force (SLF) 26 and later BLT 1-26 in support of the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines.


The insignia of the 13th Marine Regiment is that of the 5th Marine Division, differenced by adjusting the charges to surmount crossed artillery cannons all below a banner of gold inscribed "THIRTEENTH MARINES" of scarlet and a 1936-type Marine Corps emblem of gold in the chief (top) of the shield. (From "U.S. Marine Corps Ground Unit Insignia.")