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 The 1st Marine Division is a Marine infantry division of the United States Marine Corps headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. It is a subordinate unit of the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).

It is the oldest and largest active duty division in the United States Marine Corps, representing a combat-ready force of more than 19,000 men and women. It is one of three active duty divisions in the Marine Corps today and is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force. It is nicknamed “The Old Breed”.


Active Full division active 1 February 1941 – present. 5th Marine Regimentserved in World War I
Allegiance  United States of America
Branch  United States Marine Corps
Type Infantry division
Role Amphibious assault
Size 19,000
Part of I Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Nickname The Old Breed
Blue Diamond
Motto No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy
March Waltzing Matilda

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Gulf War

Iraq War

Operation Enduring Freedom

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