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

Memorial Day, May 29, 2014, is a time to "Remember Them!" A few years ago, I was privileged to revisit Vietnam with Major General James Livingston at which time he stated, "The Vietnamese do not honor their fallen like we do." The memorials we visited were, in some cases, near ruin.

Here in Knoxville, TN, we will honor those heroes that have given their lives for this great country. The high schools will march and play those traditional military marches. Various veterans organizations will march and ride the floats and often there will be a fly by, and all of the community leaders will sit on the viewing stand. Most importantly the names of all Tennessee Volunteer heroes will be read on the campus of the University of Tennessee. Other veteran organizations will host various ceremonies throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Personally, I will respectfully wear my medals and attend the reading of names. Take the time to attend, "Welcome Home", honor, and celebrate our warriors of today and yesteryear.

Congratulations and "Welcome Aboard!" to our 44 new Ramadi era members. Also, I would like to recognize Brooks Wilson (VP) for his outstanding recruiting in attending the Ramadi Reunion in California April 5-6, 2014. Included in this effort was one Gold Star member. I would strongly like to give a shout out to all of those Gold Star Mothers of 2/4 and ask you to consider joining the Magnificent Association that we are. Our Ramadi members represent the "new" life blood of this Association and we salute you. Again, thank you to those individuals contributing to this event and its success. Individually, special thanks to BGen Bill Weise, LtCol Fritz Warren, Frank and Becky Valdez, Scott Laidig, and Ray and Teresa Del Rio for their support in this collaborative Association effort.

The 2/4 Association has lost Marine, Past President, and Board member Jack Petrowsky. Jack lost his life to Agent Orange, but dedicated his love, along with his wife Peggy, to this association. One's life is exemplified by one's soul. Jack may have lost his human life but his soul is reflected in his willingness to express his love and devotion for this Magnificent Association. We salute you Marine Jack Petrowsky, and thank you Peggy for sharing him with us.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Mike Wilonsky on command of Second Battalion, Fourth Marines. I might also say welcome back home to the Magnificent Bastards once again. For those that are unaware, LtCol Wilonsky formally served as 2nd platoon commander and executive officer of Echo Company in a previous tour. Also, welcome home to Mrs. Holly Wilonsky, son Barrett and daughter Harper.

Again, keep tuning in for all the latest scuttlebutt. Keep your calendars marked for the August 13-17 reunion and get your registration forms sent in.

Also, keep us informed of changes in your status, i.e., changes in contact information, illnesses, and events happening in your life.

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