1ST MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY

Date Signed: 1/28/2014
ALMARS Active Number: 002/14

R 281850Z JAN 14
UNCLASSIFIED/
ALMAR 002/14
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/
CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/1ST MARINE DIVISION ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/
1. ON BEHALF OF ALL MARINES, IT IS MY HONOR TO CONGRATULATE OUR CORPS' HIGHLY DECORATED 1ST MARINE DIVISION ON THE 72ND ANNIVERSARY OF ITS ACTIVATION.
2. MARINES AND SAILORS OF THE DIVISION HAVE AMASSED AN UNPARALLELED LEGACY OF COURAGE AND DETERMINATION SINCE 1 FEBRUARY 1941. IN PLACES SUCH AS GUADALCANAL, PELELIU, OKINAWA, INCHON, THE CHOSIN RESERVOIR, HUE CITY, AND THE BATTLEFIELDS OF AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ, THE DEDICATED MEMBERS OF THE DIVISION HAVE EARNED THE HIGHEST HONORS FOR THEIR VALOR, BATTLEFIELD PROWESS, AND ESPRIT.
3. THE DIVISION HAS SHOWN FRIEND AND FOE ALIKE THERE IS NO BETTER FRIEND, NOR WORSE ENEMY THAN THE MARINES OF "THE OLD BREED." YOUR COURAGE UNDER FIRE AND SELFLESS SACRIFICE ARE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ALL AMERICANS. AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR RICH HERITAGE, TAKE TIME TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE PRECEDED YOU.
4. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//