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MSGID/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/4TH MARINE DIVISION 74TH 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 74th anniversary.
2. Activated on 16 August 1943, the "Fighting Fourth" quickly engaged in some of the heaviest fighting of World War II, storming the beaches at Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Since then, the 4th Marine Division has continued building on that reputation for combat excellence in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Through numerous vital operations, the 4th Marine Division has been an integral part of our forward deployed and engaged Corps.
3. As you celebrate your many accomplishments and pause to remember your fallen comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom, know that your fellow Marines are grateful for your service to Corps and country.
4. Happy Anniversary and Semper Fidelis. Robert B. Neller, General,U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//