3rd Battalion 3rd Marines (3/3) is an infantry battalion in the United
States Marine Corps consisting of approximately 800 marines and
sailors. Known as "America's Battalion", the unit falls under the 3rd
Marine Regiment of the 3rd Marine Division. The battalion was formed in
1942 and saw action on both Bougainville and Guam during World War II.
Following the war the battalion was alerted for possible deployment
during the 1956 Suez Crisis and the 1958 Lebanon crisis. From 1965 to
1969 the marines of 3rd Battalion were deployed to the Vietnam War and
participated in Operation Starlite. In 1975 the battalion moved to
Hawaii. In the 1980s 3rd Battalion deployed off the coast of Lebanon
during the Lebanese Civil War. It deployed again in 1990 as part of
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and saw action at the Battle of
Khafji. In the 21st century 3/3 deployed overseas twice in support of
the War in Afghanistan and three times in support of the Iraq War.
Among 3/3 Marines are a Commandant of the Marine Corps, four Medal of
Honor recipients, and over twenty Navy Cross winners. The battalion has
been awarded two Presidential Unit Citations and five Navy Unit
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The practice of sati was formally abolished in British India after
years of campaigning by Ram Mohan Roy against the Hindu funeral custom
of widows immolating themselves.
The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest professional hockey
franchise in the world, was founded as a charter member of the National
Jean-Bédel Bokassa, the President of the Central African Republic, had
himself crowned as Emperor Bokassa I.
English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbanded.
Operation Restore Hope: One day after the United Nations Security
Council passed Resolution 794, U.S. President George H. W. Bush ordered
American troops into Somalia to help provide humanitarian aid and
restore order during the ongoing Somali Civil War.
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To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner
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That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge,
this I call a tragedy.
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