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President's Message


March 2022

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Hello, Third Marine Division Family,

It's time to book your Reunion Adventure in San Diego that includes a major event: celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Activation of the Third Marine Division.  The activation took place at the now defunct Camp Elliott, located at the present day MCAS Miramar.  We will be at Miramar on the exact date, 16 Sept 1942 - 16 Sept 2022.  The Commanding General of the Third Marine Division, MajGen Jay M. Bargeron will be present to help unveil the historical marker.  The reunion is 12 Sept - 18 Sept 2022. We have a member, Woody Williams, who actually trained at Camp Elliott on his way to the Pacific Theater and Iwo Jima, where his gallantry and heroism merited his receiving the Medal of Honor.  I have personally invited him to come to the reunion.  I have invited the Commandant of the Marine Corps to come as well.  We will have media coverage too.

Registration and information will be online very soon at caltrap.org, probably by Monday, 21 March.  It will also be available in the next edition of the CALTRAP which will come out during April.  If any members would like to get their CALTRAP emailed to them, and have not already signed up, please email either: rogerbacon45@yahoo.com; or RLNPLANO@HOTMAIL.COM.  You will get your CALTRAP quicker.

Also, there are some tricky things to pay attention to.  For now, there is a fairly generous limit as to the number of people who can attend MCRD graduation.  The limit has been set by the Department of Defense and MCRD.  That may change.  But now we have a limit that we have to work with.  So, first come, first serve.  If we reach that limit with registrations, we will start a list should they open it up to further numbers.  If you want to go to graduation, sign up and pay.  Should the maximum number be fulfilled, you will then go on a waitlist, at which time you will be notified.  I have hopes the numbers will increase by then.  I really think most everyone will be able to go.  A trip to MCRD also includes a trip to Miramar.  You may go to Miramar only if you wish.  However, no one who registers in person at the hotel, will be allowed to go.  All three bases we are going to have a cutoff time to clear everyone.  The deadline is 13 Aug 2022.

Online registration with our reunion partner, Armed Forces Reunion, Inc. (AFRI)
at http://www.afr-reg.com/3mar2022 will open on Tuesday, 22 March.

Remember you are not registered until paid.

Although the price per barrel of oil has gone down and up in the past week, the future price is still unsure.  You might want to consider buying plane tickets soon.  I am not an expert, but if I were going to fly, I would buy mine now.

Looking for a great reunion.  See you in San Diego!

Semper Fidelis,
Robert North, President
3rd Marine Division Association, Inc.



The 3rd Marine Division Association


The 3rd Marine Division Association