Here we have a fine World War II U.S. Marine Corps Raider Battalion should patch that is in excellent condition. This is the so called, “smiling skull” variation of the Raider Battalion patches. It is embroidered in red and white cotton thread on a blue twill background. The reverse is with a very attractive white bobbin thread backing. The patch is with a khaki cut edge border and is without damage. It only exhibits mild soiling from actual field use. Colonel Carlson, commander of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion and the legendary leader of “Carlson’s Raiders”, was renowned for the “Makin Island raid” in 1942, and their “Long Patrol” (aka Carlson’s patrol) behind Japanese lines on Guadalcanal, in which 488 Japanese were killed. He held 3 Navy Crosses and was responsible for the creation of the Marine Raider Battalions. He also introduced the term “gung-ho” into the Marine Corps. Well done Marine … Semper Fi!