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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.




LCpl Gallagher, Hotel Company, 2/4, valiantly gave his life to protect his buddies in March 1967 by covering an enemy grenade with his body. He received the Navy Cross for his action. The citation may be viewed here. Scroll down to Navy Cross - Vietnam > Lance Corporal Patrick Gallagher
[click on the red star].

LCpl Gallagher was an Irish national from County Mayo and is buried there. There is a movement afoot to honor him by having a US Naval vessel named after him. Please click the flyer for more information. You can sign in and add your signature to the petition at www.patrickgallagherusmc.info so that we may further honor one of our own.

Additionally, if you know of any person in a position to assist in getting this project accomplished, please contact:

George Delaney
W: 212-365-2005
C: 201-486-6192

A quick update from the Corporal Patrick "Bob" Gallagher petition drive on recent activities: 

The 50th Anniversary Commemoration generated a massive response on the petition drive with added media attention both here in the USA and back home in Ireland. The sharing of Patrick's story, and the outstanding efforts of his community in Ballyhaunis, reminded so many of the sacrifices that were made, and resulted in additional connections with groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Lynwood, New York. 

VFW Commander Patrick Nealon reached out to alert us that their intention is to feature Patrick Gallagher in their ceremonies during the upcoming Memorial Weekend events. Lynwood was Patrick's home of five years in America before joining the Marine Corps and leaving for Vietnam.

One of our early supporters, Brigadier General Mike Neil USMC Retired, has made significant contribution by sharing the story, his experience at the commemoration, and the petition objective with representatives of the administration and fellow officers both retired and active, all of which will help us over the line if all goes well!

Donald O'Keefe of the Bronx in New York has been an advocate for Patrick for over two decades, preceding our efforts by many years, and has focused on asking that Patrick's award of the Navy Cross be upgraded to a Medal of Honor, noting that over 75 Vietnam era MoH recipients were so honored because they made the selfless decision to suppress grenade or explosive devices in order to protect others.

PLEASE Help Us To Achieve Our Goal! Our objective is to encourage the office of the US Secretary of the Navy to honor Patrick's courageous service by naming a future US Navy Ship in his name. Our petition is designed as a vehicle to share Patrick's story and to find others who would help us to achieve our goal. We are quite sure that Patrick's story will be taken up by the public once they become aware of it, and the way this will happen is by each one of us sharing the story and our goal with as many others as we can. One unknown person catching the attention of one major personality that has access to major media can be the tipping point, lifting Patrick's story high enough to give it the attention it deserves. Unfortunately, we won't know who that person is until it happens so we need your help to share as widely and often as you can!

REMEMBER, No money, no pledges, just your good efforts on behalf of this goal is all that is asked for, and Thank You for all you have done so far! We have had a great month of superb activity and a huge boost to the petition, and with new Navy Ships under consideration by the US Administration NOW is the time for us to ensure Patrick's Story is told and our objective is realized. The USS Patrick Gallagher shall sail with your help!



David Marnalse is searching for someone who may remember his brother LCpl Mike Marnalse, Fox Company, who participated in the Battle of Dai Do. If so, please contact Brooks Wilson or Becky Valdez for contact information. David was a 2/9 Marine after Vietnam and never had the opportunity to know what his brother experienced. Mike is now deceased [January 2012] and David desires some closure. He hopes to attend the 2018 reunion, but would like to touch base with anyone who knew Mike in those days.


This time of the year is very important to our Association. We will be voting for a new slate of officers; i.e., President, Vice President, Secretary and one Director. Candidates are presented in this 2nd quarter issue of the Sea Horse newsletter. It appears by the those presented that we will be significantly starting to turn over our Association to a younger, more energetic group of officers. I am very pleased by this as it is so important that the younger generations step up and continue what we have put in place for the Battalion that we love so dearly. I wish to remind all, however, that we older Marines and sailors still have an obligation for as long as we breathe to support our Association and Battalion fully in whatever way we may contribute. Please turn to and vote.
We have a wonderful reunion planned for the Association this year. Please see the details elsewhere in the last Sea Horse and on the web site under REUNIONS. I understand from Doc Swann, however, that, as of 22 April, we only have seven people signed up. I urge you to make your reservations as soon as possible! You will not want to miss this one!

I can’t tell you how much I had been looking forward to attending this year’s reunion in Charleston, SC. Last winter, however, my daughter announced to me that she would be getting married the same weekend as the reunion. So, while I am very happy for her, I am heartsick to be missing what may be one of the best reunions of all. Thus, I offer my apologies here to all of you who have supported me these past two years for my absence. I have asked Vice President Sean Schickel to stand in to run the meetings and Immediate Past President Steve Wilson to assist as necessary. So, our routine will continue and the torch passed to new leadership with your support.
I thank all of the officers and staff of my administration for their continued and unwavering support during my two year tenure. I thank all of you for supporting my staff and me as well. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve you. I will continue to do so in whatever small ways I am able.
Fair winds and following seas, Semper Fidelis and Anchors Aweigh,



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