ABOUT US

Welcome to our units history page as well as the history for real 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Regiment. We strongly respect our history and the history of those we portray. it is "brainwashed" into our young recruits in Boot Camp. After two weeks of constant "Knowledge" lessons you will be given a verbal test to ascertain what you have learned. Many of those questions regard our rich history for we feel it is important to emphasize pride and respect in our members so that they are proud to call themselves a Marine in the 3rd Marine Division.

OUR UNIT'S HISTORY


The 3rd Marines you see today was established on March 15, 2008. At which recruitment was allowed to fill its first class of recruits of Platoon 1001.

The 3rd Marine Regiment was created by Cpl. Switz (a real life 3/3 Marine) with hopes to bring a unit into one, if not the most, authentic and realistic units in the entire community. With unequaled emphasis on small unit leadership, organization and traditions, the 3rd Marines have set their bar very high and intend to keep it there for any recruit wishing to call themselves "The Few, The Proud". The 3rd Marines feel it is vital to get members at an early rank in their enlistment to be forced into leadership positions that are vital to the operations of it's unit. Instead of the traditional way of letting a unit's CoC handle the operations the Marines think otherwise and put more emphasis on its lower NCO and enlisted ranks to run their Marines moreso than most other units put even on their officers.

After the 3rd Marine Regiment's launch the unit immediately focused on setting up iconic traditions and 3rd Marine Regiment's projects to instil more unit pride such as our Boot Camp Orientation Day, Friday Night Fights, Map Making projects and overall influence in the community we represent. Our famous Orientation Day and tough Boot Camp is setting the tone in the communities and is single handedly marking the 3rd Marines as a social elite amongst peers. We are very proud of our acheivments. They where not easy. Becoming a Marine in this unit is more than preparing your schedule for free time. You must prepare your brain and thinking skills. You must react without delay or hesitation in every circimstance. You must always be a Marine first, and a player second.

For the first three months after the 3rd Marines launch we have rewarded the title of "Marine" to only 15% of those who try to join and have only had one leave after making it past Boot Camp. Our retention rate ranks amongst the best in any online gaming community. During that time we started to work on the first game that we started in: WW1 Source. The forefathers of this unit pledged loyalty to not only the unit but also the game during this time frame by working together to save the would be dying game from happening. Often qouted by our fans to be the "Savior's of WW1 Source" and also by the confused "Did the 3rd Marines make WW1 Source" we earned the faith of its player base and seeded our name in the history books as being the sole reason why the game is popular still to this day. With a mind blowing 550 sized public steam member group for only a recorded 622 players to ever come on our server during those first three months, the 3rd Marines will always where with pride the accomplishment of saving a wonderful mod from extenction.

After accomplishing getting WW1 Source to self constain by itself this introduced more clans and units to start up in the community. Being forward and friendly we helped these clans with their servers, sites and gave them our realism script. The Marines sensing a soon to be larger community added more training to our recruit training program and reorganized our promotion system to better accomodate a larger unit. During this time we maintained our usual combat strategies and marksmanship. When December came the unit was returning from a month long liberty to finally rest up the Marines after playing so much for the previous nine months. It was then we discovered that realism was under attack from a new developer in WW1 Source who disliked how realisms where being ran on our fellow clan's servers and was intending on blocking the realism script to see further use. The Marines launched a large protest involving the hundreds of loyal fans we aquired through our time in WW1 Source and started getting active in the server again. The developer who was wanting to take away realism finally joined our server and enjoyed it. He decided in the end realism was best for WW1 Source and allowed it to stay.

Riding this sucess the Marines focused on alternative ways to make our server more appealing to others. It was in this stage that we made changes again to our recruit training on our Day 3 of training by adding on a leadership course and a live fire test open to the public. Our "Recruit lead Realism's" became an instant hit in the community and it allowed us to re-evaluate the effectiveness of having mass role play while in the server. It was at this time at the height of WW1 Source that we had over 1600 members in our steam group and several servers getting populated daily with a massive update to the game just around the corner.

Just before Memorial Day disaster struck within the WW1 Source community when the previous developer who was removing realism decided to quit the WW1 Source development team, take his work and sabatoged the source code before leaving to make his own game. The Marines where left with a simple but tough choice. Stay in a soon to be absolete mod with no chance of seeing an update and raising a community again? Or finally leave and swim in new waters?

After a unaminous vote, the Marines decided to move into a new game which after voting turned out to be "Ham and Jam" a pre DDay WW2 shooter.


3rd MARINE DIVISION'S HISTORY
ACTIVATED:
Sept. 16, 1942
Jan. 7, 1952

DEACTIVATED:
Dec. 28, 1945

HISTORY
The 3rd Marine Division was activated on September 16th, 1942 in California. It was supposed to be just a temporary division for the second world war, however, after the Korean War and the effectiveness of the Marine Units a few years earlier it was then that that 3rd Marines built base camps in Japan and Hawaii to permenently house the Pacific Marines and the 3rd Marine Expenitionary Force. The 3rd Marine Division has known nothing but war in their relatively short life span. Just ten days after their creation in 1942 they where sent to combat in the Battle of Bougainvillea. The new division crushed the Japanese defenders and continued their Pacific island hopping campaign. The division saw its last major combat of WW2 at Iwo Jima, afterwhich the 3rd Marines where then used as reserves.

The 3rd Marines have been in almost every major battle involving the USMC from Iwo Jima, Guam, Bougainvillea, Hue City, Danang, Fallujah and Marjah. Throughout their history the 3rd Marines are responsible for over 60,000 enemy troops killed making them the best combat effective units in the entire US military.

BATTLE HONORS

World War II
Bougainvillea
Guam
Iwo Jima

Vietnam
Danang
Hue City
Phu Bai
Quang Tri/Dong Ha

Operation Iraqi Freedom
2nd Battle of Fallujah

War On Terrorism
Marjah

3rd MARINE REGIMENT'S MOTTO
Fortes Fortuna Juvat - Fortune Favors the Bold

FAMOUS MARINES
Most Decorated Marine –Chesty Puller (5 Navy Crosses), retired as Lt. General
Two Medals of Honor - Dan Daly and Smedley Butler

FAMOUS QOUTES
"First to Fight" - Used in WW I by Maj A.S. McLemore
"Once a Marine, always a Marine." - MSgt Paul Woyshner, a 40-year Marine
"Retreat Hell! We’ve Just got here!" - MajGen Ben Fuller to France forces after France orders their retreat in WW1 and prompts the Marines to do the same
"Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?" - Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly urging Marines to attack in 1918 France.
“Teufelhunden!” (Devil dogs)" - German soldiers referring to U.S. Marines in WW I
"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." - Marine 2dLt Clifton B. Cates, Battle of Belleau Wood
“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle!"- General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, USA
“If you can’t carry it, eat it or shoot it, don’t bring it."- Marine Corps saying, source unknown
“Goddamn it, you’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"- Capt Henry P. “Jim” Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan. 1943
“Casualties many; percentage of dead not known; combat efficiency: we are winning!"- Col David M. Shoup, USMC on Tarawa, 23 Nov. 1943
“We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale"- LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, Iwo Jima, 1945
“Wake up, lieutenant. We have the enemy near the hill. When they get closer, we are going to kill them. You need to see this"- SSgt Smotherman making fun of an officer
“A Marine on duty has no friends"- Marine Corps Proverb
“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a
difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem"
- President Ronald Reagan

Chesty Puller Quotes (The most famous Marine)
“We’ve been looking for the enemy for several days now. We’ve finally found them. We are surrounded. That simplifies the problem of getting to these people and killing them"- Chesty Puller, Korea
“You don’t hurt ‘em if you don’t hit ‘em"- Chesty Puller, Korea
“Paperwork will ruin any military force"- Chesty Puller, Korea
“We make generals today on the basis of their ability to write a damned letter. Those kinds of men can’t get us ready for war"- Chesty Puller, Korea
Son, when the Marine Corps wants you to have a wife, you will be issued one"- Chesty Puller, Korea, when a Pfc requests permission to marry

FAMOUS MARINE TERMS AND EVENTS
Marine Corps Birthday – 10 November, 1775
Marine Corps Birthplace – Tun's Tavern, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Devil Dog - Name given to Marines by frightened Germans from WW1 in the Battle of Belleau Wood. Who claimed to be attacked by "Hounds of the Devil" because in the attack the Marines wore gas mask in an uphill attack forcing them to crawl on all fours while sweat and steam seeped from their masks and killing everything in site.
Belleau Wood - Famous battle in WW1 where Marines earned the nickname "Devil Dog". It's whispered that the Marine's weapons from hence forth where made from the fallen trees of Belleau Wood.

Semper Fidelis - Always Faithful