Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Battle of Ramadi, during an April 6 ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The 2004 battle was among the war’s hardest fought, resulting in the death of 34 Marines and one sailor.
On April 6, a series of coordinated ambushes in the city took the lives of many of those Marines. It was a level of precision and tenacity not before seen by the insurgency.
The Marines of 2/4, however, were able to break insurgent momentum by killing an estimated 250 fighters between April 6 and 10. It was a pivotal operation in the capital of Al Anbar province where Marines would continue to fight insurgents alongside U.S. Army units and allied Iraqi forces for the remainder of the Iraq war.
Later, in July 2004, USA Today described 2nd Battalion as then having the highest number of casualties during the Iraq war, with 20 percent of the entire 1,000-man force killed or wounded.
“Though battles in places such as Fallujah and Najaf have gotten far more attention, the Marine battalion in this provincial capital has encountered the most deadly combat fighting and logged the highest number of casualties of any U.S. battalion since the war in Iraq began,” USA Today reported.
The April 6 ceremony at Camp Pendleton will honor the sacrifice of those Marines and sailors who fought in the streets of Ramadi with a service at the Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden. It will include participation by veterans of the battle, Gold Star Families and friends.
Those planning to attend should contact Mark Sperling at firstname.lastname@example.org.