The Walking Dead

1st Battalion 9th MarinesDeactivated on August, 2014, the 1st Battalion 9th Marines is a battalion-level infantry unit composed of infantry Marines and support personnel.  The 9th Marines had its origin in the great expansion of the Marine Corps during World War I. Created as one of the two Infantry regiments of the Advanced Base Force, it was assigned to duty in the Caribbean area as a mobile force in readiness.  The 9th´s mission was the protection of advanced naval bases and the Panama Canal in the event of enemy action. 

The 1/9 is comprised of H&S Co, Alpha Co, Bravo Co, Charlie Co and Weapons Co. 


The mission of the 1/9 was to locate, close with and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver. 


The battalion was activated on 20 November 1917 at Quantico, Virginia as the 9th Regiment. During December 1917 they were deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and attached to the 3rd Provisional Brigade. They were relocated during August 1918 to Fort Crockett, Galveston, Texas, and detached from 3rd Provisional Brigade. They moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during April 1919 and deactivated 25 April 1919. 

The battalion was reactivated on 1 March 1942 at San Diego, California and was assigned to the 2nd Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division. They were reassigned during August 1942 to Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet and shortly thereafter relocated during September 1942 to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California and reassigned to the 3rd Marine Division. They deployed during January–February 1943 to Auckland, New Zealand and from there participated in the following World War II Campaigns: Bougainville Campaign (1 November 1943 – 21 August 1945), Northern Solomons (January 1942 – 21 August 1945), Battle of Guam (21 July — 10 August 1944), and Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945).

Following the surrender of Japan the battalion was detached during December 1945 from the 3rd Marine Division and returned during December 1945 to Camp Pendleton, California. They were formally deactivated on 31 December 1945.

During the Vietnam War, the unit earned the name "The Walking Dead" for its high casualty rate. The battalion endured the longest sustained combat and suffered the highest Killed In Action (KIA) rate in Marine Corps history, especially during the Battle of July Two. The battalion was engaged in combat for 47 months and 7 days, from 15 June 1965 to 19 October 1966 and 11 December 1966 to 14 July 1969. Based on a typical battalion strength of 800 Marines and Navy hospital corpsmen, 93.63% (747) were Killed In Action (KIA) and 0.25% (2) were Missing In Action (MIA). 

In September 1993, 1st Battalion 9th Marines from Camp Pendleton, California were the battalion deployed as the ground combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Operation Restore Hope). The 13th MEU arrived off the coast of Somalia in early October in direct response to the Battle of Mogadishu fought on 3 and 4 October 1993. The 13th MEU and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit formed the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) remained on station ready to provide support to United States and United Nations forces.

In April 2006, 1st Battalion 9th Marines deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and completed a successful six-month deployment to Forward Operating Base Grizzly in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. During this time the unit conducted security and stabilization operations north of Al Khalis in the Diyala Governorate, working jointly with Military Police, Cavalry and Field Artillery units from the National Guard. 1/9 returned in October 2006 without the loss of any Marines.

1st Battalion 9th Marines was officially reactivated in April 2007. In March 2008, the Battalion deployed to Al Anbar Province on a 7 month deployment, and took over sole responsibility of Ar Ramadi and all security missions in the immediate area. The Battalion was divided into Police Transition Teams (PTT) and worked directly with Iraqi Police developing them into a more efficient professional police force to provide a more safe and secure living environment for the local populace. 1/9 returned from deployment in October 2008.

In 2011, 1st Battalion 9th Marines completed a successful seven-month deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

In September 2012, Alpha Company was deployed to Al Jaber, Kuwait providing security forces for MAG 40.

1st Battalion 9th Marines deployed to Helmand Province Afghanistan from Sept 2013-May 2014 in support of operation Enduring Freedom.