By Joseph B Ruth; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division
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For its exemplary performance the 4th Marine Division was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation. The Marines were proud of what they had turn, moved up to division as Chief of Staff. 28 Replacements arrived to fill the depleted ranks of the regiment. The Christmas season came and departed and the training went on. lt would have been nice to the island of sulphur. Perhaps there were those who reflected that another name for sulphur was have spent the holidays at home, but that was the brimstone" are reputed in rhyme and fable to be the ingredients of hell.
Commanding officer of the 2d Staff Other happenings of note found the Marine reservists busy on many fronts. Colonel Irving Schechter, Commanding Officer, ist Staff Group (Ground), as the commanding officer of a MEU, led 2,000 Marines including the ist and 2d Battalions in Group, was assigned as executive officer of the regi- ment, but functioned as the commanding officer. Operation Blacknite at West Point, New York. The 2-day training exercise included Marine units from four states. Colonel Schechter.
25th Marines. This force retreated but at 0330 hit again, this time plowing into the 2d Battalions of both the 23d and the Marines put their 81mm mortars into action against suspected enemy positions while the tanks fired into eaves spotted from the bottom of the hill. After a thorough shelling of the suspected positions by the mortars, the Marines cautiously ascended the hill again. lt was noon when they started up, and it was soon obvious that the shelling by the mortars and tanks had done its job.