2D MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY

Date Signed: 1/25/2013
ALMARS Active Number: 004/13

R 251949Z JAN 13
UNCLASSIFIED/
ALMAR 004/13
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS //
SUBJ/2D MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY //
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE MARINE CORPS FAMILY, IT IS MY HONOR TO CONGRATULATE THE MARINES AND SAILORS OF THE 2D MARINE DIVISION (2D MARDIV) ON YOUR 72ND ANNIVERSARY.
2.  SINCE ACTIVATION ON 1 FEBRUARY 1941, YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE STORIED HISTORY OF OUR CORPS.  FROM THE CORAL BEACHES OF TARAWA AND SAIPAN, TO THE DESERTS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, MEMBERS OF THE 'FOLLOW ME' DIVISION HAVE BRAVELY ANSWERED THE CALL TO DUTY.  2D MARDIV'S RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND COURAGEOUS PERFORMANCE WORKING TO TRANSITION LEAD SECURITY OF THE HELMAND PROVINCE TO AFGHAN FORCES HAVE FURTHER DEMONSTRATED THAT YOU ARE TRULY 'SECOND TO NONE.'
3.  AS WE COMMEMORATE THIS ANNIVERSARY, IT IS ONLY FITTING THAT WE PAUSE TO HONOR ALL WARRIORS OF THE 2D MARDIV WHO FOUGHT VALIANTLY, ENDURED GREAT HARDSHIP AND, IN SOME CASES, MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR GREAT NATION.  KNOW THAT ALL WHO WEAR THE EAGLE, GLOBE AND ANCHOR CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS AND REMEMBER THE FALLEN WITH YOU.
4.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//