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16th Battalion United States Marine Corps Reserve collection

 Collection — Folder: S1242
Identifier: S1242

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photocopied materials regarding the creation and history of the 16th Battalion United States Marine Corps. Within the collection are photographs showing the newly recognized Battalion at San Diego, California and Quantico, Virginia bases where the unit received training. There is also an announcement of the unit's mobilization to active duty that includes a list of Marines in the unit. Finally, there is information regarding the 50 year reunion which took place in 1990.


  • 1939-1990

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The 16th Battalion, United States Marine Corps Reserve was the first to be organized in an inland city of the United States. The battalion was formed in 1930 when several former Marines conceived the idea and set forth to gain the necessary support needed from the Indianapolis community. In 1935, General John H. Russell set into motion important developments organizing the Reserve and reorganized previous Reserve orgaizations into 13 battalions in various cities. The 16th Battalion in Indianapolis benefited from these developments. On September 10, 1936, the unit was officially recognized by the Marine Corps Headquarters and reorganized with two line companies and one headquarter company. In 1940, the battalion was combined with the Second Battalion, Fifth Marines Fleet Force to form the Sixteenth Provisional Battalion. During World War II, the battalion was absorbed in the 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions and involved in the Pacific front of the war in places such as Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Okinawa.


Heinl, Robert Debs, Jr. "Solderis of the Sea: The United State Marine Corps, 1775-1962" Annapolis, Maryland: The United States Naval Institute, 1962.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James Hightshue.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Ruth Light during September 2006.
16th Battalion United States Marine Corps Reserve collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.