February 1st, 1944

On February 1st, 1944, the Marine Corps identified a need to consolidate the Raider Regiments in order to most effectively combat front-line Japanese troops. Ultimately, the legacy of the Raider Battalions would live on in the Marine Corps with the adoption of Lt. Col. Evans Carlson’s Fire Team model, and Lt. Col. Merritt Edson’s structure of a battalion having 3 to 4 rifle companies and a weapons company, with each company hosting 3 rifle platoons and a weapons platoon. The legacy of the Raiders’ small boat tactics would live on as the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Raider Battalions became 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions of the 4th Marine Regiment. 2nd Raider Battalion was disbanded and its Raiders were spread amongst the other units.

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