One of the Marine Corps' most deployed units in history celebrated its triumphant return to the force last week.
Over its 90-year history, the "Thundering Third" — originally stood up in 1925 on Naval Base San Diego — deactivated and reactivated seven other times, and in between participated in some of the nation's most grueling conflicts. The unit was the most combat-deployed battalion in the service throughout the Global War on Terror.
"Whether one considers the battalion's experiences in China, the unparalleled challenges endured during World War II, the savage fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, or the iconic downing of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad's Firdos Square, members of 3/4 always performed beyond expectation," executive officer Maj. Jonathan Kenney said.
Officials reversed course last summer, however, as it became clear that Marines are still in high demand around the world.
"Although there's a lot of work to be done ahead, we are off to a great start," Middleton said at the ceremony. "We will carry the burden every day to get better, bigger, stronger, faster … to be the most ready, when the nation is least ready."