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4TH MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY

Date Signed: 8/12/2014
ALMARS Number: 031/14

R 122203Z AUG 14
ALMAR 031/14
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/4TH MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I OFFER HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MARINES AND SAILORS OF THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION ON THE OCCASION OF YOUR 71ST ANNIVERSARY.
2. THE "FIGHTING FOURTH" WAS ACTIVATED ON 16 AUGUST 1943 IN THE MIDST OF WORLD WAR II, AND WAS QUICKLY ENGAGED IN SOME OF THE BLOODIEST BATTLES OF THE WAR-THE MARSHALLS, SAIPAN, TINIAN AND IWO JIMA. IN RECENT YEARS, THE MARINES AND SAILORS OF THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION HAVE CONTINUED TO PROVE THEMSELVES IN COMBAT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. YOU HAVE UPHELD THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF YOUR PREDECESSORS AND YOU HONOR THEIR VALOROUS EFFORTS WITH YOUR OWN.
3. THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DIVISION IS AN APPROPRIATE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL MARINES TO REFLECT UPON OUR SHARED HISTORY AND TO REDEDICATE OURSELVES TO THE VALUES ON WHICH OUR CORPS WAS BUILT. AS YOU CELEBRATE THIS IMPORTANT OCCASION, TAKE A MOMENT TO PAUSE AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR ALL IN DEFENSE OF THIS GREAT NATION.
4. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND SEMPER FI. JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//