3D MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY
Date Signed: 9/1/2015
ALMARS Number: 020/15
DTG 011737Z SEP 15
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/3D MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines, I congratulate the Marines and Sailors of the 3d Marine Division on the occasion of your 73rd Anniversary.
2. Activated on 16 September 1942, the 3d Marine Division was crucial in taking Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. The “Fighting Third” took the fight to the enemy again in the hills and jungles of Vietnam where it executed more than 120 major operations. The 3d Marine Division has an enviable reputation for military prowess and a legacy as fierce and tenacious warfighters.
3. As you gather to celebrate the 3d Division’s many contributions to the Corps’ history, know that your sacrifices and selfless service have made a positive difference for the Nation and our allies worldwide. Today, it is fitting to celebrate this anniversary, and to pay tribute to those who have preceded you, knowing that Marines everywhere, as well as your fellow Americans, value your honorable service and are proud of the many accomplishments of the 3d Marine Division.
4. Happy Anniversary and Semper Fidelis. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//