3D MARINE DIVISION 75TH ANNIVERSARY
Date Signed: 9/13/2017
ALMARS Number: 034/17
R 132114Z SEP 17
MSGID/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/3D MARINE DIVISION 75TH ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines, I am pleased to congratulate the Marines and Sailors of the 3d Marine Division as you commemorate your 75th anniversary on 16 September.
2. Established during the opening months of World War II, the “Fighting Third” proved their mettle on the landing beaches and battlefields of the Pacific Theater. From an initial amphibious landing at Bougainville to combat operations on Guam and Iwo Jima, 3d Marine Division played a pivotal role in securing an Allied victory. Called to action again in the jungles of Vietnam, members of this unit distinguished themselves by their tenacity, courage under fire, and selfless sacrifice. In more recent years, the “Fighting Third” substantially contributed to our Corps' success in the deserts, villages and cities of Iraq and Afghanistan.
3. As you commemorate this anniversary, know that all Marines value your honorable service and take pride in your many accomplishments. On this occasion, it is also fitting to pause and remember those that have gone before us, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the 75 years since the division's formation.
4. Happy Anniversary and Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//