The 6th Marine Division was activated, 7 September 1944, on Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands.
The 6th Marine Division was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for Okinawa, 1 April to 21 June 1945. The 4th and 22d Marines, as part of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for Guam, Marianas Islands, 21 July to 10 August 1944.
The old 4th Marines was cited in War Department orders in the name of the President of the United States, and its members are entitled to wear the Army Distinguished Unit Badge, for service in the Philippine Islands operations, 8 December 1941 to 6 May 1942.
The 6th Marine Division (Headquarters) participated in authorized operations and engagements in the Asiatic-Pacific Area as follows:
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto – 1 April to 30 June 1945.
China Service Medal – 11 October 1945 to 31 March 1946.
Reprinted with the authorization of the United States Marine Corps History Division