|V Amphibious Corps|
|Active||25 August 1943 - 15 February 1946|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Type||Marine Air-Ground Task Force|
|Role||Expeditionary combat force|
|Engagements||World War II|
* Battle of Tarawa
* Battle of Makin
* Battle of Kwajalein
* Battle of Eniwetok
* Battle of Saipan
* Battle of Tinian
* Battle of Iwo Jima
The V Amphibious Corps (VAC) was a formation of the United States Marine Corps which was composed of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions in World War II. The three divisions were the amphibious landing force for the United States Fifth Fleet with two goals, removal of Japanese forces from islands so U.S. Seabees could build advance bases to project US power. In doing this VAC was notably involved in the battles for Tarawa, Saipan, and Iwo Jima. V Amphibious Corps was commanded by General Holland 'Howlin Mad' Smith followed by General Harry Schmidt.
The V Amphibious Corps (formerly Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet; ACPF) was formed on 25 August 1943 at Camp Elliot, California. In September 1943, it moved to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The structure of a United States Marine Corps' amphibious corps by 1945, was broken down into four major subordinate commands with each of them having numerous sub-elements:
The US Marine Corps, US Army, and Naval Construction Force commands that served under the V Amphibious Corps in World War II include:
A unit citation or commendation is an award bestowed upon an organization for the action cited. Members of the unit who participated in said actions are allowed to wear on their uniforms the appropriate ribbon of the awarded unit citation. V Amphibious Corps has been awarded the following:
|Presidential Unit Citation Streamer||1945||Iwo Jima|
|Navy Unit Commendation Streamer||1945||Iwo Jima|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with four Bronze Stars||1943-1946||Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Marianas Islands, Iwo Jima|
|World War II Victory Streamer||1943-1946||Pacific War|
Written in fulfillment of a requirement for the Marine Corps Staff and Command College.
This three division Marine force was the largest ever committed to a single battle in the history of the Corps. It would bear the title V Amphibious Corps or VAC.