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Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to the official website of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines Association – the "Magnificent Bastards."

Within these pages, you’ll get to know the warriors, past and present, of the finest infantry battalion of the United States Marine Corps, and the courageous chaplains and corpsmen of the United States Navy who care, or have cared, for them.

We hope you’ll enjoy looking through the site, getting to know us and seeing what we’re all about. We’ve been going strong since 1988 and getting stronger every year. Our membership includes Marines from all corners of the United States having served from private to commandant, all of whom share the pride and privilege of having earned the title "United States Marine,” “Chaplain” and those few who earned another title, equally honored and deeply esteemed by Marines, the simple, three-letter title of "Doc."

Once you've navigated your way around the site, please feel free to make suggestions and let us know what you think. Those of you who have been either assigned or attached to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines of all eras, please consider taking membership and letting your friends know about us.

President’s Message

Our Vice President, Sean Schickel, Treasurer, James "Doc" Swann and I are still trying to get a link set up whereby members may pay their dues online along with submitting their membership applications and renewals in the same manner. This setup will also allow those wishing to make donations to the 2/4 Association Memorial Brick Fund online to do so as well. I apologize for the long delay, but there are mitigating circumstances about which I will not refer to here. Suffice it to say, it is my goal to get this up and running by Thanksgiving, if not sooner. Thank you for your patience!

That said, we are approaching the winter weather and holiday seasons. Colleen and I hope all of you will find renewed joy with your families and friends during this time. It must also said that we ask you to do so safely. You are all important to our band of brothers and their families.

Holiday gatherings should be approached with thought and foresight. Getting there a few minutes earlier isn't worth what might happen if you rush. So, please, plan ahead and give yourselves extra time in which to make your journeys.

I expect that we will start hearing about our next reunion shortly after the new year is upon us. Please refer to the REUNIONS link on our web site for additional information. I am assured that Wisconsin is a beautiful state and it will certainly make a nice venue for our 2016 reunion.

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Kindest regards,

Brooks Wilson



Colin Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis are doing a book on the 2015 2/4 reunion. They spoke to the gentleman pictured below, but do not have a name. Does anyone know who he is? If so, please send the name to Colin [contact information below].

UnknownID They will also be sending us the complete 40 minute video Anne took of the pinning ceremony at the Vietnam Wall on a flash drive, USB port plug in. We hope to post it on the website and/or make copies, free to those of you wishing a copy.

Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis
Heaton-Lewis Books
2326 Monroe Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


Contact UsSecond Battalion, 4th Marines Association

Incorporated Address:
925 Oyster Cove Drive
Grasonville, Maryland 21638

Mailing Address:
455 Concord Parkway North #6511
Concord, North Carolina 28027