Official Website of the U.S. Marine Raider Association & Foundation

This history of the United States Marine Raiders has been compiled from the most accurate sources available to us and will be periodically updated and upgraded. No military unit in the history of the United States brought more honor and glory to themselves, more pride to their countrymen, and more grief to their enemies as the four United States Marine Raider Battalions of World War II. It is imperative that their heritage and exploits live long past the surviving Raiders.

It is to these men, living and dead, that we dedicate this website

We promise that the story of these first combat ready ground troops of World War II, the predecessor of all United States special forces, will both educate and fascinate you, with the astounding tales of their combat against the Japanese enemy. The Marine Raiders made the initial ground offensives against the Japanese in WW II; they participated in turning around the Japanese advance; the only ground unit that participated in every island assault in the Solomon Islands; following which, Raiders as individuals or units were in virtually every Island hopping event in the Pacific War and the first landing in Japan after it’s announced surrender.