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Lineage and Honors


1942 - 1945
Activated 16 September 1942 at Camp Elliot, California, as the 3rd Marine Division. Deployed during January - Febuary 1943 to Auckland, New Zealand Participated in the following World War II Campaigns:

  • Bougainville
  • Northern Solomons
  • Guam
  • Iwo Jima

Deactivated 28 December 1945

Reactivated 7 January 1952 at Camp Pedleton, California as the 3rd Marine Division. Redeployed during August 1953 to Camp Gifu, Japan. Redeployed during February 1956 to Camp Courtney, Okinawa

Redeployed during April-May 1965 to the Republic of Vietnam. Participated in the War in Vietnam April 1965 - November 1969, operating from: Quang Tri Province, Quang Nam Province and Thua Thien Province

Redeployed during November 1969 to Camp Courtney, Okinawa. Elements participated in the Evacuation operations in Vietnam and Cambodia, March - May 1975. Participated in numerous training exercises throughout the 1970’s, 80's, and 90's.


Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with One Bronze Star

  • World War II   Iwo Jima-1945
  • Vietnam 1965-1967

  • Navy Unit Commendation Streamer
  • World War II Iwo Jima

  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with Four Bronze Stars

    World War II Victory Streamer

    National Defense Service Streamer with One Bronze Star

    Korean Service Streamer

    Vietnam Service Streamer with Two Silver Stars and One Bronze Star

    Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Streamer with Palm

    The 3rd Marine Division Association

    History of the 3rd Marine Division