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 Scoop

April 5-6: Ramadi Reunion. The annual Ramadi Reunion is led by Major Sean Schickel, former Echo company commander. I am proud to announce that your board and donations by the membership are contributing $750 toward this opportunity to recruit from what I feel is the "life blood" in continuing this Magnificent Association. Supported by the active battalion, there will be an informal gathering on the beach in San Clemente vicinity on the 5th of April. On April 6 there will be a reception on base in the 2/4 battalion area. Family members and heroes that fought at Ramadi in Iraq in 2004 will be special guests of 2/4. The Association will be represented by Brooks Wilson, board VP, and other association members. All members are invited to attend. Please contact Brooks if you intend to attend this heroic event. Major Schickel's contact information: sean.schickel@usmc.mil; Tel. #703-695-9562.

August 13-17: Reunion 2014. The reunion will be held in Portland Oregon, hosted by John and Nancy Schassen. Pre-plots on your maps should be set for the Red Lion at the River hotel.

For those of you that have not purchased "One Magnificent Bastard", autobiography of B/Gen. William 'Wild Bill' Weise, please contact Jim Rogers, Director. I can assure you that this narrative will be an addition to your library of Marine Leadership that is top shelf, cover to cover. Aside from this magnificent story of a superlative leader of men, all proceeds are donated toward the purchase of bricks for each 2/4 Marine and Sailor KIA throughout our magnificent history. Be advised, we have contributed $78,000+ and 370+ bricks that have been placed at the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico. Those willing to contribute toward this goal in recognizing all 2/4 KIA's can contribute by submitting proceeds to treasurer Doc James Swann.

Semper Fidelis,

Steve Wilson, President

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