4TH MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY

Date Signed: 8/13/2013
ALMARS Active Number: 030/13

R 131616Z AUG 13
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ALMAR 030/13
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/4TH MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. ON BEHALF OF MARINES AROUND THE GLOBE, IT IS MY HONOR TO CONGRATULATE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION ON THEIR 70TH ANNIVERSARY.
2. ON 16 AUGUST 1943, THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION WAS FORMALLY ACTIVATED, COMBINING MARINES AND SAILORS FROM EAST AND WEST COAST ECHELON UNITS INTO WHAT WOULD BECOME ONE OF THE FIERCEST FIGHTING UNITS TO OPERATE IN THE PACIFIC THEATER. DEPLOYED DIRECTLY INTO COMBAT, THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION WAS SOON ENGAGED IN SOME OF THE BLOODIEST FIGHTING OF WORLD WAR II. THE ACTIONS OF THE "FIGHTING FOURTH" AT ROI-NAMUR, SAIPAN, TINIAN AND IWO JIMA ARE ETCHED IN THE ANNALS OF MARINE CORPS HISTORY AND ARE FOREVER IN THE MEMORIES OF ITS VETERANS. TODAY, JUST AS IT HAS DONE THROUGHOUT ITS ILLUSTRIOUS PAST, THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION CONTINUES TO EXEMPLIFY A HIGH LEVEL OF WARFIGHTING EXCELLENCE, READINESS AND ESPRIT DE CORPS WHILE ITS READY RESERVE UNITS HAVE SERVED COURAGEOUSLY IN BOTH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
3. AS YOU MARK THE DIVISION'S ANNIVERSARY, IT IS ALSO AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL MARINES TO REFLECT UPON OUR HISTORY AND VALUES. IN PARTICULAR, YOU SHOULD REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE AND HONOR THOSE WHO GAVE ALL IN THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM.
4. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND SEMPER FIDELIS. JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//