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1ST MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY

Date Signed: 1/20/2016
ALMARS Number: 002/16

R 202052Z JAN 16
ALMAR 002/16
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/1ST MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  On behalf of Marines around the world, I’m honored to congratulate the 1st Marine Division on the 75th anniversary of its activation as a division.
2.  Born on 1 February 1941, in the earliest days of the Second World War, the 1st Marine Division led the way across the Pacific islands to victory against Japan.  Called on again for Korea,“The Old Breed” fought communist aggression during the landing at Inchon, and in the frozen landscape of the Chosin Reservoir.  Again, the 1st Marine Division prevailed.  In Vietnam, Kuwait,  Iraq, and Afghanistan, the 1st Marine Division continued to add to its legacy, ready to fight in “any clime and place.”
3.  The Marines and Sailors of 1st Marine Division have earned the admiration and respect of friend and foe alike over the past 75 years.Courage and selfless sacrifice are inherent in each member of the division.  As you celebrate your historic anniversary, every Marine, past and present, celebrates with you.
4.  Happy Anniversary and Semper Fidelis.  Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//



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