3rd Marine Division

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The 3rd Marine Division is an infantry division of the United States Marine Corps based at Camp Courtney, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler and Okinawa, Japan.wikipedia
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Camp Courtney

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The 3rd Marine Division is an infantry division of the United States Marine Corps based at Camp Courtney, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler and Okinawa, Japan.
It is part of the larger Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler and home to the III Marine Expeditionary Force, 3rd Marine Division, and 3d MEB Headquarters.

3rd Reconnaissance Battalion

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The 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (3rd Recon) conducts amphibious and ground reconnaissance in support of the 3rd Marine Division and Marine Forces Pacific (MarForPac), operating in the commander's areas of influence.

12th Marine Regiment

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The Marines of these two infantry regiments, supported by the artillery of the 12th Marine Regiment and tanks of the 3rd Tank Battalion, fought on Iwo Jima until the end of organized resistance on 16 March and the subsequent mopping up operations for the next month.
Nicknamed "Thunder and Steel," the regiment falls under the command of the 3rd Marine Division.

3rd Marine Logistics Group

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It is one of three active duty divisions in the Marine Corps and together with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1stMAW) and the 3rd Marine Logistics Group (3rd MLG) forms the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF).
3d MLG was originally activated on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan as the 3d Force Service Regiment on 1 May 1958 under the 3d Marine Division (MARDIV).

Charles D. Barrett

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Major General Charles D. Barrett was the first commanding general of the division.
Major General Charles Dodson Barrett (16 August 1885 – 8 October 1943) was the first commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division.

III Marine Expeditionary Force

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It is one of three active duty divisions in the Marine Corps and together with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1stMAW) and the 3rd Marine Logistics Group (3rd MLG) forms the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF).
7 May 1965, III MEF was re-designated as III Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF) and consisted of the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Division and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

3rd Marine Regiment

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The 21st Marines came ashore on 20 February followed by the 9th Marines, and then were reinforced by a battalion from the 3rd Marines on 25 February. By the end of 1965 the division had all its regiments (3rd Marines, 4th Marines and 9th Marines) on the ground.
It falls under the 3rd Marine Division and the III Marine Expeditionary Force.

3rd Tank Battalion

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The Marines of these two infantry regiments, supported by the artillery of the 12th Marine Regiment and tanks of the 3rd Tank Battalion, fought on Iwo Jima until the end of organized resistance on 16 March and the subsequent mopping up operations for the next month.
Each of the three regimental combat teams of the 3rd Marine Division had their own tank company and a scout car platoon.

1st Battalion, 3rd Marines

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The 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, were the first Marines to be sent to Vietnam in March 1965 to protect the Da Nang Air Base.
Nicknamed the "Lava Dogs", the battalion consists of approximately 800 Marines and sailors and falls under the command of the 3rd Marine Regiment of the 3rd Marine Division.

4th Marine Regiment

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By the end of 1965 the division had all its regiments (3rd Marines, 4th Marines and 9th Marines) on the ground.
Based at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, it is part of the 3rd Marine Division of the III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr.

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The division was initially built around the 9th Marine Regiment, commanded by Colonel Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. who later became the 20th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
He organized, trained, and took the unit overseas as part of the 3rd Marine Division.

5th Marine Division (United States)

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In August 1966, the battalions of the 26th Marines (a 5th Marine Division unit) began arriving for combat duty in South Vietnam attached to the 3rd Marine Division.
In December, all three infantry battalions of the 26th Marines were fighting in Vietnam attached to the 3rd Marine Division.

21st Marine Regiment (United States)

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The 21st Marines came ashore on 20 February followed by the 9th Marines, and then were reinforced by a battalion from the 3rd Marines on 25 February. 1 November 1943 saw the division land as part of the Battle of Bougainville and fight on the island until their last unit to arrive, the 21st Marine Regiment, embarked on 9 January 1944.
They fell under the 3rd Marine Division and were deactivated after the end of the war on December 20, 1945.

Phu Bai Combat Base

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The 3rd Division moved its headquarters from Da Nang to Phu Bai in late 1966.
In late 1965, The 3rd Marine Division established its headquarters at Phu Bai and would remain there until late 1967, when it was moved forward to Đông Hà.

9th Marine Regiment

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The 21st Marines came ashore on 20 February followed by the 9th Marines, and then were reinforced by a battalion from the 3rd Marines on 25 February. By the end of 1965 the division had all its regiments (3rd Marines, 4th Marines and 9th Marines) on the ground. The division was initially built around the 9th Marine Regiment, commanded by Colonel Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. who later became the 20th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
They were attached to the 3rd Marine Division at Camp Pendleton on September 16, 1943.

Operation Prairie

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Operation Prairie followed in October.
The majority of the activities were conducted by the 3rd Marine Division in the Con Thien and Gio Linh regions with the main objective of stopping the PAVN 324B Division from crossing the demilitarized zone and invading Quang Tri Province.

Battle of Guam (1944)

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The next operation in which the division took part was the Battle of Guam.
The 3rd Marine Division landed near Agana to the north of Orote at 08:29, and the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade landed near Agat to the south.

Division (military)

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The 3rd Marine Division is an infantry division of the United States Marine Corps based at Camp Courtney, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler and Okinawa, Japan.

Camp Gonsalves

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With the backing of the 3rd Marine Division, JWTC is in a transition of becoming a TECOM (Training and Education Command) school.

Operation Hastings

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The first major multi-regiment operations against the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) was Operation Hastings in July 1966.
Convinced that the PAVN had moved across the DMZ in force, Major General Wood B. Kyle, Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Division recommended to General Lew Walt that the US launch an operation to drive back the NVA.

Operation Hickory

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Some of the major operations in 1967 and early 1968 in this area were Operation Prairie III, Operation Prairie IV, Operation Hickory I, Operation Cimarron, Operation Buffalo, Operation Kingfisher and Operation Kentucky.
Operation Hickory, was a search and destroy operation conducted by the 3rd Marine Division in the area around Con Thien, Quảng Trị Province known as Leatherneck Square from 18 to 28 May 1967.

Đông Hà Combat Base

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At the same time the division was also building outposts along the southern half of the DMZ at Con Thien, Gio Linh, Cam Lộ and Đông Hà.
On 10 October the 3rd Marine Division established a forward headquarters at Đông Hà to counter an expected People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) attack through the DMZ.

Khe Sanh Combat Base

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Camp Carroll, Rockpile, Ca Lu and Khe Sanh.
On 27 March 3rd Marine Division commander MG Wood B. Kyle ordered the 4th Marine Regiment at Phu Bai Combat Base to deploy the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and supporting artillery and mortar batteries to Khe Sanh.

Battle of Iwo Jima

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The division remained on the island of Guam for training, until it embarked as part of the landing force for the Battle of Iwo Jima.
The flag flew on Mount Suribachi until it was taken down on March 14, when an American flag was officially raised at Kitano Point at the northern end of the island by orders of the commander of all the troops on Iwo Jima, Lt. Gen. Holland Smith, who witnessed the event with Maj. Gen. Graves B. Erskine, the commander of the Third Marine Division, and troops of the division.

Operation Prairie IV

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Some of the major operations in 1967 and early 1968 in this area were Operation Prairie III, Operation Prairie IV, Operation Hickory I, Operation Cimarron, Operation Buffalo, Operation Kingfisher and Operation Kentucky.
PAVN concentrations in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) area dictated the reinforcement of the 3rd Marine Division.