Thursday, December 13, 2007


A few weeks ago my son's previous unit returned from Iraq! This deployment seemed to be quiet compared to others and they commented on the progress and changes that have been made since 3/7 first deployed in January of 2003. Welcome Home 3/7! Welcome Home!

I was looking around on 3/7 website and found the 3/7 Lineage. Thought I would share it with you all. They have yet to record this last deployment into their lineage.

*Activated 1 January 1941 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines and assigned to the 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force
Reassigned during February 1941 to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force
*Relocated during april1941 to Parris Island, South Carolina
*Relocated during September 1941 to New River, North Carolina
*Attached during March 1942 to the 3d Marine Brigade
*Deployed during April 1942 to Samoa
*Detached during august 1942 from the 3d Marine Brigade and reassigned to the 1st Marine Division
*Participated in the following World War II campaigns:
Eastern New Guinea
New Britain
*Participated in the occupation of north China, September 1945- April 1946 *Deactivated 15 April 1946

*Reactivated 11 September 1950 at Kobe, Japan and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force
*Deployed during September 1950 to the republic of Korea
*Participated in the Korean War, September 1950- July 1953 operating from:
Chosin Reservoir
East Central Front
*Participated in the defense of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, July 1953- march 1955
*Relocated to Camp Pendleton, California
*Participated in the Cuban missile crisis, November- December 1962

*Deployed during June 1965 to camp Schwab, Okinawa
*Participated in the war in Vietnam, July 1965- October 1970 operating from:
Qui Nhom
Da Nang
Chu Lai
An Hoa
Dai Loc
*Relocated during October 1970 to Camp Pendleton California, and assigned to the 5th Marine Brigade
*Reassigned during April 1971 to the First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force
*Participated in the battalion rotation between the 3d Marine Division on Okinawa and the Divisions stationed in the United States during the 1980s and the 1990s
*Relocated during January 1990 to the 1st Marine Division
*Participated in earthquake relief operations in the Philippines July-September 1990
*Participated in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia January- April 1991
*Element participated in operation United Shield, Somalia, February-March 1995

*Global War On Terror
3/7 took part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and then deployed twice more to the Al Anbar province of western Iraq. Originally deployed in January 2003. Moved north during the invasion in March and April. Began a five-month stint doing security and stability operations in Karbala until September 2003. During that 5 month stint, India Company, 3rd Battalion 7th Marines operated in Mahmudiyah, Iraq in support of Task Force Scorpion during July and August of 2003.
*Their training in the Kuwaiti desert and the subsequent invasion was chronicled in the TV documentary Virgin Soldiers which frequently airs on the Discovery Times Channel and the Military Channel.
*After returning to the United States in September 2003, the Battalion quickly re-deployed in February 2004 to Al Qaim -- in western Al Anbar Province, abutting the Syrian border. The Battalion's area of responsiblity included Husaybah, the primary border crossing point between Syria and Iraq.
*Returning from that deployment in September 2004, the battalion then had a full year to train and re-equip prior to deploying a third time.
This third deployment was to Ar Ramadi in central Al Anbar Province from September 2005 until March 2006.

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