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MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/4TH MARINE DIVISION 75TH ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of the entire Marine Corps, it is my pleasure to congratulate all members of the 4th Marine Division on their 75th birthday.
2. The successes of the Japanese in the Pacific made it clear that the Corps required additional combat divisions; on 16 August 1943, the 4th Marine Division was activated. The 4th MarDiv took the fight to the enemy in the Marshall Islands, back to back operations on Saipan and Tinian and lastly bloody Iwo Jima. The division fought with ferocity and conviction.
3. Reactivated in 1966 to form the ground component of the reformed Marine Corps Reserve, the 4th Marine Division has provided a pool of trained and ready Marines to serve when called upon. Marines and Sailors of the 4th Marine Division have served with honor and distinction in major operations in Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. To all the Marines and Sailors of the 4th Marine Division, know that the entire Corps celebrates your historic birthday alongside you.
4. Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//