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The day has arrived: as a part of the Corps manpower reduction goals, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment is officially deactivating.
Known as the “thundering third” or the “darkside,” 3/4 has completed several deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s home to about 1,000 Marines, who will mostly disperse among other active units. The battalion has a long history of deactivations, and was tapped a few years ago when the Corps sought to lower it’s active battalions from 27 to 23 as a result of budget cuts.