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The Society of the 3ID 96th Annual Reunion will be held June 25 - 28, 2015 in Charleston, SC. More information will be forthcoming when available.


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SOCIETY OF THE THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION
UNITED STATES ARMY

AS APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
AND ADOPTED BY THE SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
AT THE 95th NATIONAL REUNION
Columbus GA, June 2014
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Outpost Europe 5845 has been renamed Outpost International 5845
Outpost 88 has been renamed the Hiroshi Miyamura Outpost #88

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Veterans share stories with 'Sledgehammer' Soldiers
95th Annual Society of 3rd ID reunion
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Veterans share stories with 'Sledgehammer' Soldiers 95th Annual Society of 3rd ID reunion
Photo by Staff Sgt. Lindsey Kibler

Staff Sergeant Undra Bibbs, a food service specialist with 3rd ABCT, 3rd ID, helps to carry a tray during a luncheon, June 20, at the brigade's Gibson Dining Facility.

FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 3rd Infantry Division’s newest generation of veterans broke bread and shared stories with some of the Rock of the Marne’s oldest Dog Face Soldiers, June 20, during a special luncheon at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Nearly 80 veterans, accompanied by their significant others and Family Members, with the Society of the 3rd Infantry Division came from all over the country to meet at Fort Benning for the society’s 95th annual reunion June 19 to 22.

They joined Sledgehammer Soldiers with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, at the Gibson Dining Facility on Kelley Hill. The luncheon was one of many stops for the group, as they made their way around the installation during the three-day reunion.

Following lunch, the men and women visited the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment’s China Room. The China Room is the only museum within the Department of the Army that is owned and maintained at the battalion level, said Command Sgt. Maj. Phil Keli’i Barretto, command sergeant major of 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt.

"Everything inside this room was moved from Germany," explained Barretto, an Oahu, Hawaii, native. "Each piece is accounted for and maintained here in our building, and the door to the museum is security locked … because this is the battalion’s history inside this room."

A number of veterans, clad in their "Can Do" 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt., t-shirts and hats, served in the battalion during previous battles.

"We had a gentleman who was walking into the China Room and noticed the pictures of the battalion’s Medal of Honor recipients and, as he was glancing through them, pointed out his former platoon sergeant and said ‘I was the one who pulled out the shrapnel they talk about in this narrative’," Barretto said.

Barretto was especially thankful for the group’s stop at the China Room because, he said the Soldiers of today wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the service of the veterans that have come before them.

"They are the foundation of where we are today," Barretto said.

For Whitney Mullen, who was a private 1st class when he fought in World War II as a rifleman with Company I, 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt., said the room was a way to reconnect to his past experiences with a battalion he is proud to have served in, he said.

"I’ve been to quite a few reunions and each year the number of participants dwindles down, but it’s still a great experience," Mullen said, of Vineland, New Jersey.

For the newer generation of Soldiers, the veterans were a chance to hear first-hand about their combat experiences in WWII, the Korean War and the Gulf War.

"It’s been pretty interesting. There are a lot of good stories they tell, and they are rich in history, too," said Staff Sgt. Derek Gonzalez, an operations noncommissioned officer with 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt.

History was exactly what the veterans knew and they were more than happy to share their stories with anyone who had the time to listen.

"You can go into the China Room and read about the actions of Can Do Soldiers," explained Lt. Col. Scott Mueller, commander of the 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt., "but to hear about it from the men who were there gives it a whole new meaning."

The group’s reunion also included a basic training graduation, a tour of the National Infantry Museum and a dinner with the 3rd ID commanding general, Maj. Gen. John M. Murray, who was the evening’s guest speaker.


Gordon Draper and Bob Gibson
at the 3ID Monument at Ft. Benning

At the 15th Inf. Regt. Dinner

Gen. Murray and David Mills

Joe Ball and David Mills

Col Paula Lodi and Roberta Heller

David Mills and Lynn Ball

Dave Mills and Rich Heller

Jim Beckworth and Gen Murray

The Presidential Dinner

Graduation Day at Ft. Benning
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5279   OP 33   HOWARD BRINNING       TROY, MI               15INF/HVMTR     KOREA/51-53       SGT
DOD -May 2014                                Reported July 2, 2014 by Judy Brinning

3906   OP 54   MICHEL MARLIN             THISE, FRANCE           ASSOCIATE
DOD - Unknown                                Reported July 7, 2014 by John Shirley

6197   OP 54   ROBERT R. ROBBINS      ROCKLAND, MA         7INF/2BN HQ, HQ 35TC.BN
                                                                                                               KOREA/Feb50-Jul51,     CW Jul57-Feb61          MSGT
DOD - June 1, 2013                           Reported July 10, 2014 by John Shirley

8871  OP 4      RUSSELL L. WIGGS         SPOKANE, WA         3ID/ELEC ENG      KOREA/July 51-Oct54       CAPT
DOD - May 17, 2014                         Reported July 14, 2014 by Dale McGraw

5089  OP 57   DONALD R. WINGERBERG     CINCINNATI, OH         DIV/HQ       KOREA        SGT
DOD - July 13, 2014                          Reported July 14, 2014 by his wife to Richard Martinet

2826  OP 12   CLARENCE K. ESPELIEN        OAKDALE, MN          10ENG/C        WW2              CPL
DOD - July 21, 2014                          Reported July 22, 2014 by Jerry Manley

5833  OP 35  HUGH E. WARDLAW JR          MEMPHIS, TN                30INF/       WW2          COL
DOD - May 19, 2014                         Reported July 23, 2014 by Lynn Ball

3086    OP 2  GEORGE W. GRISWOLD         ANDERSON, IN            30INF/HQ       WW2/Feb41-Jul45       TSGT
DOD - JULY 3, 2014                         Reported July 24, 2014 by mail

2832   OP 35  M. B. ETHEREDGE                   HUNTSVILLE, TX       30INF/K          WW2                COL
DOD - May 15, 2014                          Reported July 28, 2014 by Ginny Thompson




Future Outpost Meetings and Other Events

July 30 - August 3, 2014: OP Europe
Please see the attached notice on our 70th anniversary commemoration of Operation Dragoon and the following campaign which cleared southern France, crossed the Vosges, and cleared the Colmar Pocket.
We hope you will be able to join us for this once in a lifetime event!
Bring your families and friends. Let us honor the veterans while we still have them!
Rock of the Marne!
Monika and Tim
August 12-26, 2014: The Battlefield Tour to France is a professionally-conducted tour to see our many French friends, visit places where we fought, and visit a few sites that are of great interest to those who visit France. contact John Shirley at 1-925-447-2256 or jbshirley88@att.net For details see above. This is not a Society-sponsored event.
September 9, 2014: Outpost #4 will hold its luncheon meeting at the Veterans Home at 11:30 a:m in Spokane, WA
October 2-5, 2014: Blue Badge Combat Infantry Association will hold its 2014 convention at the Ramada Gateway Hotel, Kissimmee, Florida.
October 5, 2014: Outpost #18 will hold its fall meeting at Five Pillars Supper Club, Random Lake, Wisconsin.
October 11, 2014: Outpost 13 will have its luncheon meeting at noon at Baker's of Milford, located at 2025  S. Milford Re. in Milford Michigan. This is three miles north off Exit 155 of Hwy. I-96.
October 25, 2014: Outpost 35 will hold its fall meeting in Fredericksburg.
November 8, 2014: Outpost 54 will hold its fall Veterans Day luncheon at the Brass Door Restaurant, San Ramon, CA. We will start gathering at 11:00 am with lunch at noon. This program will report on the 70th Anniversary Battlefiel tour, along with a video showing the highlights of the tour. We have enjoyable meetings with very good food, a nice rafle and good fellowship. contact John Shirley 1-925-447-2256.
November 2014: Outpost 15 will participate in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade with a meeting to follow. Detaiils will appear in future issues of the Watch on the Rhine.
November 11, 2014: Outpost 7 will conduct Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns at 3:15 PM. Members will meet at the 3rd Infantry Division Monument at 2:30 PM for ceremonies there before moving to the Tomb of the Unknowns for our wreath-laying ceremony. For more info contact John Insani marneop7@comcast.net or Pat williamson army3rdivtanker@gmail.com.
November 15, 2014: US Army Society of the Third Infantry Division Outpost 2 will be placing a memorial monument at the Sarasota National Cemetery. After the installation is complete, there will be a dedication ceremony (probably in November around Veterans’ Day or the anniversary of the founding of the Third Infantry Division).
2015: The 7th Infantry Regiment Association will have their 2015 reunion in the New Orleans area and will visit our monument at Chalmette, LA. That is where the the Regiment was nicknamed the "Cottonbalers" following the battle of 1814. Quite a history! Details will follow when available.
May 2015: Outpost #88 will hold its annual meeting at the Academy Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Date to be determined.
May 2015: Anzio Beachhead Veterans of 1944, WWII, 70th Annivrsary Reunion is being held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.Dates will be announced soon. All WWII veterans who served on the Anzio Beachhead in 1944, please contact clyde E. Easter, 289 Panorama Dr, Fancy Gap, Virginia 24328.Phone 1-276-728-7293. Guests are mos t welcome.
This is not a Society sponsored event.
June 8-18, 2015: The Battle of the Bulge/Eagle's Nest Tour presented by Valor Tours Ltd. and escorted by Henry Bodden. For full details call 1-80 842-4504 or visit the Valor Tours Ltd.website.  You can also contact Henry Bodden at 1-918-376-9417 or hebodden@gmail.com. This is not a Society-sponsored event.
June 25 - 28, 2015: The Society of the 3ID 96th Annual Reunion will be held in Charleston, SC. More information will be forthcoming when available.
Vietnam War Virtual Wall
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First, click on the link, then click on a state, when it opens click on a city or town, then click on a name. It should show you a picture of the person or at least his/her bio and medals. Everyone should know of someone whose name is on "The Wall". http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm


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Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 .m, Tuesday - Saturday
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Federal Holidays

Contact the Fort Stewart Museum Curator to schedule a personal or tour group visit!

For information on the 3rd Infantry Division contact:
Walter W. Meeks, III
Curator, Fort Stewart Museum
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Museum Progress Report - November 15, 2013
From Buck Meeks, Curator

When will the Fort Stewart Museum open?

No official date yet. We are in the midst of remodeling and still must build and install exhibits. I am thinking that we won't be open to the public for another 12 months or so.

Thanks, the society will be having its Reunion at Ft. Benning next June and I would make a 300 mile detour to see it if it would be open.

By June we will have a portrait gallery up and running and will be able to host receptions and the like by appointment. our next phase would be the Camp / Fort Stewart exhibit and when that is installed, we would be open for regular visiting hours. The 3ID gallery will be bigger and take a little longer to get set. When that is ready, we will have the large public ribbon cutting event with much fanfare...

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Audie Murphy Petition Draws Major Endorsements
Murphy: a pioneer in PTSD awareness
September 9, 2013
by David Phillips
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Audie Murphy, moments after being awarded the Medal of Honor and Legion of Merit, Salzburg, Austria, 1945. Courtesy U.S. Army.
Endorsements on the Audie Murphy Presidential Medal of Freedom Petition read like a VIP address book. Distinguished Americans such as Melvin Laird, Bob Dole, General Tommy Franks, Charlie Duke, Toby Keith, Dan Rather, Barbara Eden and countless others too numerous to mention. In addition to those named above, three-fourths of the 79 living Medal of Honor recipients have offered forth their endorsements.

Audie Murphy – his legacy continues

Honors are rendered and tributes bestowed by great societies so that we may remember the person; and the accomplishments of that person’s life and in doing so perpetuate their memory for future generations. Audie Murphy has certainly been accorded many tributes over the years since his untimely passing and his legacy continues to grow with the passage of time.

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U. S. Army Division Association
Since 1919
OBJECTIVES OF THE SOCIETY

The Society provides opportunities and facilities uniting past, present and future members of the Third Infantry Division, U. S. Army, in a national program dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the Third Infantry Division's traditions and history.

1. To foster and strengthen associations and friendships formed during service with the Third Infantry Division US Army.
2. To honor the Third Infantry Division War Dead
3. To perpetuate the memory of other former comrades who shared a background of honorable military service with the Third Infantry Division.
4. To encourage and achieve the mutual benefits and support resulting from a close and cooperative alliance between the Society and the Third Infantry Division.
5. To support the  government of the United States and give it the same devotion and service expected of us as members of its armed forces.

 

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