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.
OORAH! I hope all who are planning to attend this year's reunion are excited about Oregon and the planned events ahead. Your host, John and Nancy Schassen, have a full plate of Magnificent Marine activities scheduled. Our VP Brooks Wilson will be your board representative to contact while at the reunion to address any issues you may wish to bring before the board.
Over the past year we have operated without a Chaplain. We are again soliciting from all membership a volunteer to fill this position. With each passing of a Magnificent Bastard from our Association we are reminded of sincere loss and a void within the ranks. Currently Bob Mercer is posting a 2/4 card to the family in an attempt to present a final salute to those that are standing permanent guard duty. We need to do more as an association. Please help us fill this void.
This past April, we successfully recruited and reinvigorated our Second Battalion, Fourth Marine, membership with new Bastards. Welcome Aboard and Welcome Home to the heroes of Ramadi! We invite you to share your sea stories and embrace the brotherhood of the Magnificent Bastard Association. Let us continue our recruiting efforts to bring our entire brother Bastards home. With each reunion you are able to attend, you will experience the emotion of being welcomed home once again. We look forward and welcome your input as Marines into, simply stated, the most historic Marine Association today.
Recently, I took the opportunity to write my senator to express my opinion about the current state of affairs in the Veterans Administration and the treatment of veterans across this great nation. I would encourage you to do the same. It is time to speak up. If we are assertive and polite, diplomatic Marines with our questions I feel we can help change some of the failures we are experiencing today. If we do nothing, then, we should expect no changes. Exercise your freedoms, take part in local elections and vote for those that support our veterans.