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Travel Bug Dog Tag WW II-USMC 3rd Division TB

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Saturday, 11 June 2011
Texas, United States
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Replica Shoulder Patch.  I have great respect for all the men and women who have served in the armed forces.  However, I hold the Marine Corps in the highest regard.  It stems some from their legendary exploits in WW II (my father's generation), but also from my contact with them after they served.  I have known them as my own classmates and teachers in high school and college, as administrators and colleagues in my professional life and as recreational companions.  I have also socialized with more than a few because some years ago my wife taught at the Marine Military Academy, in Harlingen, TX.  Every one of those men fought at some place like Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima or Okinawa.  And several also served in Korea and survived the Chosin Reservoir.  To a person they (even those never having seen combat) believe they are part of something so much larger than themselves.  I use the present tense advisedly becaue I have learned there is no such thing as an ex-marine.  This particular TB is to honor the 3rd  Division of the USMC.

The 3rd Marine Division is an infantry division now based at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan.  It is one of three active duty divisions in the Marine Corps. The division was first formed and fought during World War.  It was activated on 16 September 1942 at Camp Elliott, San Diego, California.  
The division moved to Auckland, New Zealand between January and March 1943.  In June to  Guadalcanal for additional training.  On 27 September 1943 the division landed on Bougainville.  They returned to Guadalcanal in January, 1944 to rest, refit and train. The next operation was the landing on Guam.  When that operation finished, they trained for the landing on Iwo Jima.  The 3rd Marine Division was initially in reserve for that battle, however they were committed one regiment at a time as the initial regiments that landed needed to be relieved. The first unit went ashore on 20 February and elements of the division stayed until the end of organized resistance on 16 March and the subsequent mopping up operations for the next month.  The fighting on Iwo Jima would cost the 3rd Marine Division 1,131 killed in action and another 4,438 wounded.
The insignia of the Third Marine Division was adopted on 25 August 1943, when the Division was in training on Guadalcanal for the upcoming invasion of Bougainville.  The insignia consisted of a caltrop on a triangular, gold-bordered scarlet shield. The caltrop was a medieval defensive weapon used against both cavalry and infantry.  During the warfare of the Middle Ages, large numbers of caltrops were scattered by defenders on the ground in front of an approaching enemy. The four-pronged, forged-iron caltrop was designed so that no matter which way it landed when thrown on the ground, one point would be up with the other three points supporting it. When used on the insignia, the caltrop represented not only the 3d Marine Division, but also the motto painted on the drums carried by the Continental Marines in the American Revolution: "Don't Tread on Me."

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Mark Missing 12/13/2015 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 05/29/2014 majosofri placed it in Drei Tote Riesen Niedersachsen, Germany - 3.52 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 05/04/2014 majosofri retrieved it from Rumpelwichte Niedersachsen, Germany   Visit Log

I found this travel bug yesterday with Rothie98 and we will try to find a nice place for him! :)

Dropped Off 05/02/2014 Kevin Arnold placed it in Rumpelwichte Niedersachsen, Germany - 14.76 miles  Visit Log

So long...

Retrieve It from a Cache 04/12/2014 Kevin Arnold retrieved it from Neues TB / Coin Hotel Garlstorf Niedersachsen, Germany   Visit Log

Took him out of his Motel to show him more from Germany.

Discovered It 04/12/2014 svenv01 discovered it   Visit Log

Seen in the hands of Kevin Arnold

Discovered It 04/06/2014 Deichking discovered it   Visit Log

im TB-Hotel Garlstorf entdeckt

Discovered It 04/06/2014 inter0205 discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered in TB / Coin Hotel Garlstorf

Discovered It 03/31/2014 Dina Saurier discovered it   Visit Log

Today seen this one beeing well in a nice hotel in the woods;)

Dropped Off 03/30/2014 sambahexe placed it in Neues TB / Coin Hotel Garlstorf Niedersachsen, Germany - 64.81 miles  Visit Log

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