3D MARINE DIVISION 74TH ANNIVERSARY
Date Signed: 9/14/2016
ALMARS Number: 031/16
R 141216Z Sep 16
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/3D MARINE DIVISION 74TH ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines, I am pleased to congratulate the Marines and Sailors of the 3d Marine Division as you mark your 74th anniversary on 16 September.
2. Activated at Camp Elliot, California in 1942 during the early months of World War II, the Marines of 3d MARDIV first proved their mettle on the beaches and battlefields of the pacific theater. From amphibious landings at Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima, to combat operations in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, "The Fighting Third" has more than earned their nickname.
3. Marines and Sailors serving with the 3d Marine Division today carry on the tradition of excellence. As you celebrate your many accomplishments, take the opportunity to reflect on the storied history of this unit and all who have gone before us.
4. Happy anniversary and Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//