Marine Corps Coordinating Council of New York

Syracuse/Buffalo Reserve Units

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Syracuse Marine Reserve Unit


The Inspector-Instructor (I-I) Staff is comprised of 14 Active Duty Marines that assist in the operational training and administrative support  for the 150 SMCR (Selected Marine Corps Reserve) Marines from Company E, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division when they come in for their one weekend a month and 2 weeks during the summer.  The I-I staff also acts as the ambassador of the Marine Corps to the local community by performing Military Funeral Honors for deceased Marines with Honorable discharges along with community events such as parades, static displays, and color guards. All of these community events need to have the proper paperwork filled out and approved by Headquarters marine Corps.





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Buffalo Marine Reserve Unit


1st Battalion, 25th Marines was originally established in Boston, Massachusetts as an infantry company in the early 1920s. It was not until some years later that the unit attained battalion status.


In April 1926, Captain John J. Flynn was named the commanding officer of the 301st company, USMCR, with headquarters at the Marine Barracks, Charlestown Navy Yard. Building 5, the Navy officers mess, was used for drill and formation until the company was called to active duty on November 8, 1940.


During its varied and illustrious history, the 1st Battalion, 25th Marines has undergone some redesignations, from its beginning as the 301st Company, the battalion has been variously redesignated as an artillery company (December 29, 1928); the 301st infantry company (December 1, 1929); Company A, 1st Battalion, 19th Reserve Marines (February 15, 1933); 2nd Battalion, Fleet Marine Corps Reserve (February 1, 1935) — at that point, a battalion had an authorized strength of 256 men, comparable to an infantry company in today's table of organization.


There was an especially critical period in the life of New England's own from 1931 to 1934. During those years, Congress discontinued all drill and administrative pay. Those stalwarts who stayed with the organization did so voluntarily. New members were required to purchase their own uniforms. The fact that the battalion survived this critical period is a banner on their history.




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