2nd Marine Division: The Silent Second, Second To None
This brass coin salutes the 2nd Division of the U.S. Marines. Officially organized in 1941, the 2nd Marine Division began in 1936 as the 2nd Marine Brigade.
Prior to U.S. entry into World War II, the 2nd Marine Division served in Shanghai, China and in Iceland, but achieved its acclaim by landing the first Americans on foreign soil on the Solomon Islands about an hour before the invasion of Guadalcanal. The "Silent Second" also left blood on the sands of Guadalcanal, Tarawa (earning a Presidential Unit Citation), Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, before participating in the occupation of Japan.
Most recently returned from Al Anbar as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Second has stood tall in Lebanon, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Dominican Republic, Grenada-Carriacou, Operation Just Cause (Panama), and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Iraq).
This coin honors the Silent Second's valiant fighting spirit and legacy of bravery and sacrifice in protecting America's freedom against crushing odds in any part of the world.
This coin is minted in a brass alloy and coated with an antique bronze finish. Front is emblazoned with the 2nd Marine Division unit patch, the reverse has the Eagle, Globe & Anchor surrounded by translucent red enamel. Each coin is packaged with a detailed header card that describes the mission and history of the Silent Second.
- Measures 1 1/4" x 2"
- Arrowhead shape
- Brass Antique with Enamel