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4TH MARINE DIVISION 73RD ANNIVERSARY

Date Signed: 8/16/2016
ALMARS Number: 026/16

R 160830Z Aug 16
ALMAR 026/16
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/4TH MARINE DIVISION 73RD ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  On behalf of all Marines, it is my distinct honor to congratulate the Marines and Sailors of the 4th Marine Division on their 73rd anniversary.
2.  Since its activation at Camp Pendleton, California on 16 August 1943, the 4th Marine Division has earned a reputation for combat excellence.  By participating in four major amphibious operations in the pacific theater — Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima - in a period of just 13 months, the “Fighting Fourth” witnessed some of the heaviest fighting of World War II.  Later re-established in the Marine Corps Reserve, the 4th Marine Division continues to answer the nation’s call in all parts of the world.  From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, the 4th Marine Division has been an integral part of our forward deployed and engaged Corps.
3.  Marines serving with the 4th Marine Division today carry on the tradition of excellence.  As you celebrate your many accomplishments, pause to remember your fallen comrades who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.
5.  Happy anniversary and Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//