The Society of the 3rd Division, mourns the loss of
Secretary-Treasurer Raymond C. Anderson, Hockessin, Delaware who
died Monday, March 18, 2013 after being hospitalized. We will miss
his service, hard work and good nature. Our condolences to his wife
Frances and his family.
Instead of flowers please make donations
to Wounded Warriors.
Five soldiers based at Hunter
Army Airfield were killed
Monday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. By Ryan Smith
The Department of Defense has
released the names of five 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who were
killed Monday in Afghanistan, according to a Fort Stewart press
The soldiers, based out of Hunter Army Airfield, were killed in a
helicopter crash in Kandahar. The cause of the crash is under
Killed were Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass, Chief Warrant Officer Bryan
J. Henderson, Capt. Sara M. Knutson, Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, and
Spc. Zachary L. Shannon. All were assigned to Hunter's 3rd Combat
Blass, 27, of Estherville, Iowa,
was assigned to the brigade's 4th Battalion. A Black Hawk crew
chief, Blass joined the Army in 2006. This was his second
Henderson, 27, of Franklin, La., was also in the 4th Bn. He was a
Black Hawk pilot who joined the Army in 2007. This was his second
Knutson, also 27, of Eldersburg, Md., was assigned to Headquarters
and Headquarters Company, 3rd CAB. An operations officer, Knutson
joined the Army in 2007. This was her first deployment.
Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Fla., was assigned to the 603rd Aviation
Support Bn., 3rd CAB. Scialdo was a Black Hawk section chief, and
joined the Army in 2003. This was his second deployment.
Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Fla., was assigned to 4th Bde., 3rd CAB. A
Black Hawk crew chief, Shannon joined the Army in 2010. This was his
Two other 3rd ID soldiers also died last week. On Monday,
Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, died from injuries suffered when a
member of the Afghan National Police began firing on U.S. and Afghan
forces. Schad was a member of Fort Stewart's 1st Armor Brigade
On Wednesday, Spc. David T. Proctor, 26, died Wednesday at Walter
Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from wounds
suffered during a non-combat incident March 3 in Kandahar Province,
Afghanistan. Proctor was also a member of the 1st ABCT.
Soldier Killed in Afghanistan; 7th in 1 Week A Hunter Army Airfield soldier was killed
Saturday in Afghanistan, the seventh 3rd ID casualty in a deadly
week. By Ryan Smith
A 3rd Infantry Division soldier
was killed Saturday in Afghanistan, according to a Fort Stewart
press release. He was the seventh 3rd ID soldier to die last week as
a result of injuries incurred in Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III, 37, was killed Saturday
in Kandahar, according to the release. Groves was assigned to 3rd
Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, at
Hunter Army Airfield.
The release did not identify Groves' cause of death, but stated that
the incident is under investigation. Groves, of Kettering, Ohio, was
a Kiowa helicopter pilot who joined the Army in 1994. This was his
3-3 ABCT “Sledgehammer” Deployment to Kuwait
Over the past decade, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team
(3rd ABCT) of 3rd Infantry Division has done
more than its share of fighting the Global War on Terror.From capturing objectives in Baghdad and completing the
city’s encirclement during the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom
(OIF), to serving as the
3rd Advise and Assist Brigade during OIF VII
in 2009 – 2010, the Soldiers of the “Sledgehammer Brigade” have
repeatedly proven their courage and competence.Sledgehammer Soldiers have recently returned from the
Persian Gulf region again, but this time, it was a different
Following a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort
Irwin, California during the spring of 2012, approximately 2,000
troops from 1-15th Infantry Regiment, 1-10th
Field Artillery Regiment, 203rd Brigade Support
Battalion, and 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion,
including the Brigade Headquarters, deployed to Kuwait in June 2012.The Sledgehammer Brigade, under the leadership of Colonel
Johnnie L. Johnson Jr. and Command Sergeant Major Brian D. Harrison,
relieved 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st
Cavalry Division at of Camp Buerhing, Kuwait, and assumed support of
the United States Army Central Command – the geographically-aligned
combatant command covering the Middle East and Central and Southwest
Over the next nine months, 3 ABCT
conducted realistic training and joint exercises with its Kuwaiti
counterparts and continued military cooperation with Kuwait and
other regional partners in the Persian Gulf.Sledgehammer Soldiers exceeded expectations and impressed
their regional partners during
Operation Hammer Strike,
Spartan Mariner, and
Inferno Creek.Having preserved the security of Kuwait and deterred
potential foreign aggression by maintaining a formidable American
ground presence in the region, 3 ABCT was officially relieved in
this capacity by 1st
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during a
ceremony on 4 March 2013.
Troops who were deployed to Kuwait returned to Kelley Hill – 3
ABCT’s home in Fort Benning, Georgia – in February and March 2013.The
brigade’s mission is to generate combat power and deploy on order to
conduct full spectrum operations to defeat enemy forces, control
land areas, and secure populations and resources in support of U.S.
national interests.Whatever the brigade’s next mission may be, the Soldiers
of the mighty 3 ABCT will be ready to answer their nation’s call,
and serve proudly in a manner honoring their rich heritage.
Colonel Johnnie L. Johnson Jr. and
Sergeant Major Jose Rivera, commander and operations sergeant major
for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division,
case the brigade colors during a mission assumption ceremony at Camp
Buehring, Kuwait, 4 March 2013.Casing of the colors represents the end of the brigade’s
mission in Kuwait, as the remainder its deployed Soldiers prepare to
return home to Fort Benning, Georgia. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Ellis Gales Jr.,
3ABCT, 3ID Public Affairs.)
Major General Gary H. Cheek, Third
Army/U.S. Army Central’s deputy commander, addresses the audience
during an assumption of mission ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, 4
March 2013.The 3rd
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division transferred the
mission to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, ending its nine-month assignment in support of U.S.
Sledgehammer Brigade, from Fort
Benning, Georgia, partnered with various Army, Marine, Air Force and
Kuwaiti Land Force units to enhance peace and stability in the Gulf
region. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Ellis Gales Jr., 3ABCT, 3ID Public
Colonel Johnnie L. Johnson Jr. and
Sergeant Major Jose Rivera, commander and operations sergeant major
for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division,
case the brigade colors during a mission assumption ceremony at Camp
Buehring, Kuwait, 4 March 2013.Casing of the colors represents the end of
the brigade’s mission in Kuwait, as the remainder its deployed
Soldiers prepare to return home to Fort Benning, Georgia. (U.S. Army
photo by Maj. Ellis Gales Jr., 3ABCT, 3ID Public Affairs.)
Waves crash over the side of United States Army Vessel Churubusco on
the Persian Gulf, Jan. 9, during a training mission named Operation
Spartan Mariner. The mission, conducted by 3rd Armored Brigade
Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, 47th Transportation Company,
420th Movement Control Battalion and 316th Expeditionary Sustainment
Command, consisted of 19 vehicles being loaded on four USAVs to take
part in multiple drills and exercises at sea.
Infantrymen assigned to the 1st
Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team,
3rd Infantry Division, stack before clearing and securing a
building, one of the final tasks of Hammer Strike, a brigade level
exercise conducted at the Udairi Range Complex near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Wednesday.
Hammer Strike featured the capabilities of an armored brigade and
highlighted the soldiers and vehicles of the Sledgehammer Brigade to
its Kuwaiti counterparts who were on hand to view the exercise. The
Sledgehammer Brigade has been participating in joint training
exercises with the Kuwaitis during their deployment.
2013 Status Inquiry Card For a pdf version of the card
Status Inquiry Card has been mailed to Society members and is
reproduced above. If you have any changes to current information,
please send the card to: Society of the 3ID 1515 Ramblewood Dr Hanover Park, IL 60133-2230
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
My dad, Charles 'Chick' Bruns
served in the 3rd from 41-45. I am publishing his diary, photos and
letters home 70 years to the day he wrote them at
I came across the website
http://www.3rdiv.org and thought that some of your members
might be interested in what I'm doing.
If there is any interest in exchanging links or any other
information I could provide, please let me know. I'm just trying to
find interested individuals and hopefully some of the families that
dad has pictures of lost loved ones.
for Regular Membership:
Veterans and active duty soldiers with honorable service in regular
or attached units of the Third Infantry Division.
Eligibility for Associate Membership:
Spouse, parent, children or siblings of any person eligible for regular
membership and any person with an interest in or an affinity for the Society
of the Third Infantry Division.
Attention Cold War and Peace-Time Veterans Were you a Life
Member of the Marne Association?
The Society of the 3rd Infantry Division needs you! We are
looking for former members of the Marne Association of the 3ID
to join the Society of the 3rd Infantry Division. This
organization was not a part of the Society and was
disbanded when the Division came back to the states in the
1990's. We would like to have you as members of the Society
where many of your former comrades are now members.
The Society of the Third Infantry Division is seeking those who
served in the 3rd and attached units in wars, peacetime, or special
interest to join the Society. Contact Henry Burke 1.803.782.7517.
•Applebees Free Meal:
Applebees is offering a free signature entree on Sunday November
11th, 2012, at participating locations. Choose a 7-oz House Sirloin,
Fiesta Lime Chicken, or a Bacon Cheeseburger. Beverages and gratuity
are not included. Must present valid veteran’s form of
• Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes:
Get all-you-can-eat pancakes for all active-duty military and
veterans with a valid ID on Monday, November 12, 2012.
• Golden Corral Free Meal:
A Veterans Day free meal is offered to any veteran who has served in
the United States military or is a current active duty service
member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating on Monday,
November 12, 2012, from 4 PM to 9 PM. No identification is required
to get your free Veterans Day meal.
Choose from Margarita Grilled Chicken, Chicken Club Tacos, Santa Fe
Wrap, Old-time w/Cheese, Cobb Salad, and more. Beverages and
gratuity are not included.
• Olive Garden:
Choose from Seafood Alfredo; Chicken Parmigiana; Braised Beef &
Tortellini; Cheese Ravioli; or Spaghetti & Meatballs.
• Texas Roadhouse:
Choose from Country Fried Chicken, Country Fried Sirloin, Cheeseburger,
BBQ, Grilled Chicken Salad, and more. Dine in only.
• Outback Steakhouse:
Get a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage (non-alcoholic drinks only).
Get 10 free boneless or traditional style wings. Drink purchase
Retail Stores with
Veterans Day Discounts
Home Depot Veterans Day Discount:
Every year on Veteran’s Day, the Home Depot offers a 10% discount to
veterans. Must present a valid military ID. Home Depot also offers
this discount to Veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor
Lowe’s Veterans Day Discount:
All Veterans receive a 10% discount on Veteran’s Day up to $5,000 on
in-stock and special-order purchases. The offer can’t be used
online, on previous sales, or on sales of services or gift cards.
Must present a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC); valid Form
DD214; or other proof of service. Lowes also offers this Veteran’s
discount on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
Other Discounts and Veterans Day Deals -
National Parks Free Veterans Day Admission:
Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks Veterans Day
weekend. Dates this year include November 10 – 12, 2012.
companies offer discounts, but you may find that NOT all locations
Arby's A&W Burger King Carl's Jr. Chevy's Fresh Mex Chick-Fil-A Chipotle Denny's Dunkin' Donuts
IHOP KFC Long John Silver's McDonald's Panda Express Pizza Hut Quizno's Red Robin Sonic Taco Bell Wendy's
AmTrak Best Western Choice Hotels Continental Airlines Red Roof Inn
Cruise lines (most) Hyatt Hotels Marriott HotelsWyndham
Hotels and Resorts
[Source: VVA Web Weekly
24 Oct 2012 ++]
Car Care AutoZone Checker Auto Parts General Motors Jiffy Lube Kragen Auto Parts Meineke NAPA Auto Parts Super Sonic Car Wash
Cell Phone Service Discounts
Alltel Cingular Sprint/NexTel T-Mobile Verizon
Clothing and Shoes
Aeropostale The Children's Place Dress Barn Fanzz (10%) The Finish Line Foot Action (15%) Foot Locker (20%) Hot Topic
Jos. A. Bank Jockey Kohl's Lerner New York & Company Pac Sun Reebok Timberland Outlets (active duty only)
| Aired on September 30, 2012
Third Infantry Division: Old hands at war
The Third Infantry Division is
used to being deployed. For the last 10 years, it has virtually been
on the Pentagon’s speed dial; now, after multiple deployments to
Iraq, the Third I-D has been sent to Afghanistan for the first time.
NBC’s Lester Holt reports.
I have appointed
Kathy Daddato as Eastern Region Committeeperson effective today,
September 26, 2012, to serve the unexpired term of past Eastern
Region Committeeman, Robert D. Bailey.
Effective immediately, I have appointed Joe Ball to be the
Nominations Committee Chairman and to handle decal sales for the
President David Mills
President’s Special Awards
• Bob Bailey, for chairing the committee that arranged the
relocation of the 3rd I. D. Monument adjacent to the Infantry Museum
outside Fort Benning
• Honorable Bob Poydasheff, for serving on the Monument
• Major Harry Irving, Jr., for serving on the Monument
• Lynn Weekley, of the Columbus Monument Company, for
obtaining the Army approvals required for the 3rd I. D. Monument
• Robert H. Steele, Sr. of Outpost #60, for presenting the idea
having a 3rd I. D. Monument and for developing the sketches which
led to its design. Bob was not previously recognized for his efforts
• John Shirley for chairing the 2012 Reunion Planning
Past President’s Award
• At the close of the award’s presentations, Stuart called on
Society President David Mills to present to Immediate Past President
John Fisher a plaque thanking him for his four consecutive years as
Soldiers of the Year
• Soldier of the Year: SPC Brandon Clouser
• NCO of the Year: Sgt. Andrew Song
Clouser and Song, both of the 1st Brigade, were recognized and
presented their plaques by John Fisher. Due to new Army
restrictions, Clouser and Song were not permitted to accept their
$200 checks theSociety intended to award to each of them. Instead,
their checks were donated by them to a club on the post.
Associate Service Award
• Mary Anne Bailey of Outpost #60: As Bob Bailey’s spouse, Mary
Ann supports Bob’s work as Nominations Chair, Monument Relocation
Chair, and other responsibilities when Bob is hospitalized or
Society Service Award
• Louis Bravos of Outpost #22: for his service as Outpost 22
Sergeant-at-Arms, as a member of the Marne Riders, and for his
faithful attendance at recent Society reunions.
Audie Murphy Achievement Award:
• No individual has been designated to receive this
important Society award. Nominees will be considered for next years
—Submitted by Chairman Nile Stuart
(As Published in the October Watch on the Rhine)
Fort Stewart to Welcome New Deputy
CGs Fort Stewart will welcome new deputy
commanding generals for support and division operations today.
Col. Robert P. White Credit U.S.Army
21, 2012. The 3rd Infantry Division will welcome new deputy
commanding generals for support and division operations today. The
new commanders will oversee support and operations on Fort Stewart
while 3rd ID headquarters is deployed to Afghanistan.
Col. Robert P. White will act as deputy
comanding general for support, according to a 3rd ID press release.
White, a two-time veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has served in
armor units in Germany and the United States and commanded at the
brigade and battalion levels. He holds master's degrees from both
Central Michigan University and the U.S. Army War College. White's
most recent assignment was as deputy commander for the U.S. Army
Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Col. John H. Hort will serve as the
Deputy Commanding General-Rear during 3rd ID's deployment. He
previously served as chief of plans at Forces Command. Hort also
served two tours in Iraq, where he commanded the 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 4th Infantry Division, and served as a military transition
team leader with the Iraqi army's 9th Mechanized Division. Like
White, Hort holds master's degrees from Central Michigan University
and the U.S. Army War College.
3rd ID's headquarters battalion is
scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in August.
Two More 3rd
Infantry Division Units to Deploy to Afghanistan 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade and 3rd
will deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
more 3rd Infantry Division units will deploy to Afghanistan this
year, according to a Fort Stewart press release. The 3rd Combat
Aviation Brigade and the 3rd Sustainment Brigade will both head to
Afghanistan later this year for nine-month deployments.
The 3rd CAB will deploy to Regional
Command-South, according to the press release. The brigade will
provide aviation support for the regional command and advise and
assit local Afghan officials. This will be 3rd CAB's second
deployment to Afghanistan. 3rd CAB comprises five aviation
units as well as brigade headquarters.
The 3rd Sustainment Brigade is slated to
head to Kandahar. It will be assigned to the Joint Sustainment
Command-Afghanistan, and will provide support to Coalition forces in
Regional Commands South, Southwest and West, as well as providing
advice and assistance to Afghan National Security Forces.
The brigade consists of three
battalions, and already has three companies and two detachments
deployed to Afghanistan, according to the release. This will be the
full brigade's first deployment in support of Operation Enduring
I am currently working on a
documentary for the Discovery Military Channel, which will focus on
the 2003 Battle of Baghdad. This will be a one hour documentary
film, which will feature as part of a wider series that looks at
decisive battles in military history. The narrative will focus on
specific decisive missions, the men and women who fought in them and
the weapons they used. We’ll tell their key roles in creating the
turning points within each historic battle.
I have initially been in touch with the Public Relations Office at
Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, and they have recommended getting
in touch with the 3rd Infantry Army Society as they believe many of
the individuals involved with the Battle of Baghdad may be members.
For this I am hoping to speak to individuals who fought in the
Battle of Baghdad; who may be able to assist me with my research,
and are able to go into detail with the key factors that shaped the
course of the battle. Perhaps if we were able to arrange a time to
speak on the telephone, we can discuss the production further and
talk more in depth about the battle itself?
It has been fascinating reading various articles and books on the
battle, and it would be an honour to speak to some of those who were
directly involved on the ground; so thank you very much for your
time, and I look forward to hearing from you. If you had any
questions at all, please feel free to send them my way.
Third Infantry Division Monument
Fort Benning, GA May 23, 2012: Re-Dedication of the 3rd Division Monument at
the Field of Honor behind the National Infantry Museum at 1000 hrs
Fort Benning, GA
Phyllis Bailey, mother of Sgt. Lakeshia Bailey who was killed in
Iraq in March 2010, touches her daughter's name on the Fallen Heroes
Memorial on Kelley Hill Thursday, home of the 3rd Heavy Brigade
Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. A memorial service was held in
honor of fallen 3rd HBCT soldiers. 05.24.12 BY ROBIN TRIMARCHI —
Dues for the Society of the 3ID Annual Dues USA- $20.00 Overseas- $35.00 Effective March 12, 2011 Annual Dues Renewal Cards sent out in April
1. Classes of membership are Regular,
Associate and Honorary.
2. Types of membership are Life and
3. Eligibility for Regular Membership:
Veterans and active duty soldiers with honorable service in regular components,
supporting, or attached units of the Third Infantry Division.
4. Eligibility for Associate Membership:
Spouse, parent, children or siblings of any person eligible for regular membership and any
person with an interest in or an affinity for the Society of the Third Infantry Division.
5. Members will comply with the
Constitution and By-Laws and pay dues.
(one page printing)
Print and mail this application for membership
along with a check or money order payable to:
Society of the Third Infantry Division
1515 Ramblewood Drive
Hanover Park, IL 60133-2230
To subscribe to the Life dues installment plan, it will be necessary for
applicants to write to the above address to obtain an application for
include your name, address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address. Also tell us what
Units you served with, and rank.
Postal Rates 2013
The cash-strapped U.S. Postal
Service announced on Tuesday a one-cent increase in the cost of
mailing a letter, starting in January. The new prices lift the cost
of a first-class stamp to 46 cents starting on January 22, 2013, the
first increase in more than two years. The Postal Service is facing
a financial crisis because mail volumes have declined as more people
use electronic mail or the services of private sector competitors
such as FedEx and United Parcel Service. The Postal Service said the
cost to mail a postcard will go up three cents to 32 cents, letters
to Canada or Mexico will increase five cents to 85 cents, and
letters to other international locations will increase seven cents
to $1.05. The agency, which is allowed to raise prices in line with
the rate of inflation, said it filed the new prices with the Postal
Regulatory Commission on Tuesday. The regulator has 45 days to
approve the changes.
Until the price changes take effect, consumers can still purchase
44-cent Forever stamps, which do not require additional postage
after prices go up. "The overall average price increase is small and
is needed to help address our current financial crisis," said
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. "We continue to take actions
within our control to increase revenue in other ways and to
aggressively cut costs."
The Postal Service has asked Congress for permission to drastically
business. Since the decline in the economy many industries are
changing they way they work. The differences in the jewelry market
are a great example. The gold market and
tungsten carbide market have changed drastically. The Postal
Service must make the same changes, including cutting Saturday mail
delivery and eliminating a massive annual payment to prefund retiree
health benefits. The agency also is studying thousands of post
offices and processing facilities for possible closure.
Personnel and Roster Changes
Society Members who are
If you have two addresses during the year, we need to know them.
Please give us the dates and addresses for both households.
To ensure correctness of society membership records,
send changes of
addresses to this e-mail address
or by snail mail to:
The Society of Third Infantry Division
1515 Ramblewood Drive
Hanover Park, IL 60133-2230 Click here to get to the USPS website
Membership in the Marne Riders Motorcycle Club is open to 3ID Veterans
with honorable service in the Third Infantry Division and those who were
members of supporting or attached units of the Third Infantry Division.
Other Armed Force Veterans, spouses, parents, children, siblings, of any
persons eligible for regular membership, and other person with a special
interest in, or an affinity for the Society of the Third Infantry.
Chapter/Outpost Club Member:
Member via a Marne Rider Chapter/Outpost Club and dues paid through the
The Chapter/Outpost Club Membership Director shall be responsible for
ensuring that the National Marne Riders Club and Society of The Third
Infantry Division dues are forwarded to National Membership Director for
Marne Rider Dues are $10.00 per yearfor Regular and Associate Members payable upon your
application for initial membership and for renewal each year on the
first of July. If you are
renewing both your Society and Marne Rider dues is $30.00. $20.00
of the dues will beyour
membership into the Society of the Third Infantry Division.
If you are already a Society member;
your Marne Rider dues is
Society membership will need to be verified prior upon membership
application acceptance in the Marne Riders
My name is Dave Phillips, and I am a former Marine.
As I am sure you are well aware Audie Murphy is an
American legend. He remains America's Most Decorated
Soldier of World War Two, as well as having been a
best-selling author, movie star, poet, songwriter,
businessman, but above all patriot and a hero for
Audie Murphy has been my role model my entire life.
He was the perfect role model for the youth of my
generation and remains a role model for the youth of
today. Unfortunately, many of the youth of today
have never heard of him.
Some years ago, a Petition effort was launched to
honor Audie Murphy with a U.S. Postage Stamp.
Americans just like yourself banded together and
through teamwork and the combined efforts of
thousands of your fellow citizens Audie Murphy was
finally honored in 2000 with the release of a
commemorative U.S. postage stamp.
It is my desire to see Audie Murphy presented
posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom,
for his dedication to America's freedom and his
lifelong devotion to country.
I have prepared an online Petition to President
Obama requesting that Audie Murphy be posthumously
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Petition can be found by clicking on the link
Presidential Medal of Freedom Petition for Audie
or by simply typing the words "Audie Murphy Medal of
Freedom" into Google.
I would be most appreciative if you could once again
stand with your fellow citizens and sign the
Petition requesting that America's Most Decorated
Soldier, Audie Murphy, be bestowed posthumously the
Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Thank you for your time, patience, and consideration
in this matter.
The Rock of
the Marne Speech of May 1, 1920
Donated by Ray Heddleson 1Sgt U. S. Army (Ret)
of Spring Hill, Florida
the Congressional Record of May 1, 1920 by the Honorable
Representative C.N. Mc Arthur of Oregon giving the "Rock of the
Marne" speech honoring the 38th Regiment of the 3rd Division in
World War I. Click here to
read the Congressional Record of the 66th Session of Congress.
to learn about Warriors Walk at Fort Stewart Click Here
for Complete List of Honorees
on Warriors Walk
All Veterans and retirees should be
aware of their benefits through Veterans Affairs and who to contact
for various services. On Fort Stewart, your initial contact is the
Department of Veterans Affairs military service coordinators Richard
Banks and Daniel Reeves. They are available to help veterans with
every issue from Education benefits to Health care; their phone
number is 368-6950. For more detailed information the following
phone contacts are available:
VA Benefits 1-800-827-1000 Education 1-888-442-4551 Health Care 1-877-222-8387 Life Insurance 1-800-669-8477 Savannah Vet Center (Mental Health) 652-4097 Debt Management 1-800-827-0648 Mammography Hotline 1-888-492-7844 CHAMPVA 1-800-733-8387 VA Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 Tele.Devices for Deaf 1-800-829-4823
Let me first say a big
"Thank You" to our past chairman Angelo “Jim” Tiezzi. He got us
rolling with ‘Get one for the Rock’. Everyone in this great
Society is a recruiter. Let me put something you Can Do to get
Others have to see the 3rd
ID patch on your cap or lapel pin. On your vehicle you can put a
sticker patch on your lower left windshield. You can get a
personalized license tag (3RD INF DIV) from your state. Put a 3rd
Div Society sticker on your left rear glass. Cut out the
application from The Watch and put your name in the referred
line. Run off copies and carry it in your left pocket (put
extras in the glove box of your vehicle).
When you meet people that
ask you if you were with the 3rd, you can say yes and
ask them if they were with the 3rd or attached to the
3rd. If they say yes, tell them,” We have the oldest
continuous military society there is since 1919.
We support the active
Division with mailed letters, boxes and help take care of their
families at home when they are deployed. We meet the wounded
soldiers at Walter Reed and Bethesda Hospitals in Washington and
give them pajamas, billfolds and phone cards.
When you join the Society,
you can get a roster of more than 3600 members and you receive a
magazine every other month that will inform you about many
aspects of the Society and things that are happening in the
active Division. Its home base is Fort Stewart, Georgia.
You can find many of the
friends you served with and keep up what has gone on in the
past. There is nothing like finding friends you served with that
you were closer to than many of your family. Fill out the
application; send $15.00. This is a real bargain. You only have this one
time to sign them up!
for PDF Membership Form
The great thing about this
organization is that we leave our rank at the door. We are all
How do we grow? Everyone
getting one for the Rock. If everyone gets one this year we can
be the largest military organization in the nation.
the 3rd Infantry Division, U. S. Army
Wanted: Those who served with the 3rd ID or attached units.
Family members and friends and supporters of the 3rd ID are also
Invitation: You’re eligible to join the Society that supports
3rdID active duty Soldiers, hosts annual reunions, and conducts regular
small unit meetings in 24 Outposts located throughout the nation and
Benefits: Networking with fellow patchwearers, receiving a copy
of the bimonthly Watch on the Rhine newsletter, access to Society
Website, Marne Riders Motorcycle Club, and more!
The majority of the membership must be made aware of the
importance of keeping our address database up to date. This is not
just a matter of slight inconvenience but, is a lot of hard work on
the part of Ray Anderson and Rich Heller in rectifying
Here are the facts, cold and hard. A single copy of the Watch sent
via non-profit org. mail costs the Association slightly less than
1st class mail. A return costs the Association 75 cents! There is no
slush fund for this, ladies and gentlemen. It comes right out of
your annual dues and is becoming an ever increasing burden
We must cut some slack for our active duty troopers as they often
are subjected to reassignment and relocation as well as separation.
However, the majority of the non-active general membership is the
culprits. To reinforce the point, it is not uncommon to get back
30-50 Watch's per month. 50 returns accounts for nearly 25% of the
original mailing cost.
Below, you find a change of address form. Copy it and save it. When
your address is about to change, PLEASE, click on pdf link below,
fill it out and and email or snail mail to Rich Heller, our Database
Administrator. The email address is
mailing address is 1515 Ramblewood Dr, Hanover Park, IL 60133-2230.
The Purple Heart medal, awarded to soldiers
injured in the line of duty.
Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the
U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the
enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those
who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It
is specifically a combat decoration.
Task Force Marne Soldiers dedicate themselves everyday to their
mission in Iraq; a mission to provide a hopeful future for the
people of Iraq and to ensure the security of their families and
Americans back home.
Soldiers wounded in battle deserve the highest quality medical
care our country can provide. But even in the best military
hospitals, Soldiers who face weeks or months of recovery and
rehabilitation sometimes experience difficulty maintaining their
Warriors’ spirit. But hanging on to that spirit is as important
as physical healing they go through and you can help. The value
of a note or a card offering well wishes is immeasurable in that
Our wounded troops are cared for at locations in the United
States and Germany. The email addresses below allow you to
correspond with the places of healing for our Wounded Warriors.
In some cases, visits may even be welcomed.
Please contact one of the liaison officers below to see how you
can help these dedicated and deserving Soldiers.
The "Military Order
of the Purple Heart," was formed in 1932 for the protection and
mutual interest of all who have received the decoration.
Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only
veteran’s service organization comprised strictly of “combat”
Tee shirts are now available in many colors.
Still available, are the White and Ash Gray tee shirts. Long
sleeve tee shirts are available in Black and Navy for Men
and Black in the Women's style.