Marine Raiders MARSOC rename
A U.S. Marine Corps Raider negotiates barbed wire on a training course. (CREDIT: US Marine Corps)

MARSOC to Adopt Former ‘Marine Raiders’ Title

The Marine Raiders were active from 1942-44 during which the unit earned more than 700 decorations, including seven Medals of Honor.

The Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will carry on a historical moniker the Marine Corps announced Wednesday.

The long-storied Marine Raiders will live again, according to a MARSOC release.

During World War II, four Marine Raider battalions and two Raider regiments were formed and saw action in the Pacific Theater between 1942 and 1944. Formed to conduct amphibious raids and guerrilla operations behind enemy lines, the Raider battalions were the United States’ first special operations units.

… While MARSOC is adopting the name Marine Raiders, the command’s official title will remain MARSOC. However, Major Subordinate Elements of the unit will reflag with the Raider name. For example, subordinate commands will reflag as Marine Raider Regiment, Marine Raider Support Group, Marine Raider battalions, etc.

“United States Marines take great pride in our special operations and irregular warfare heritage … From this point forward, the Marines of MARSOC will be officially aligned with the Marine Raiders of World War II and are charged with maintaining the high standards and traditions that accompany such distinction,” Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos

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