3rd Marine Division
This brass coin salutes the 3rd Division of the U.S. Marines. Officially activated on September 16, 1942, the 3rd Division was initially built around the 9th Marine Regiment. In September, 1943, the Division participated in the Battle of Bougainville, and during the course of the battle suffered 400 Marines killed. The next operation for the Division was the Battle of Guam. During 21 days of fighting, the Division captured over 60 square miles of territory and killed over 5,000 enemy soldiers. The Division remained on the island of Guam until they embarked as part of the landing force for the Battle of Iwo Jima.
The 3rd Division operated in Vietnam from 1965, participating in operations from Danang to Phu Bai to Quang Tri/Dong Ha Combat Base. For Meritorious Service, the Division was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The 3rd Marine Division departed Vietnam in November 1969 and moved to Camp Courtney, Okinawa, where it is presently located.
This coin honors the Third's valiant fighting spirit and legacy of bravery and sacrifice in protecting America's freedom against crushing odds in any part of the world.
This coin is minted in a brass alloy and coated with an antique bronze finish. Front of coin is emblazoned with the 3rd Marine Division patch, while reverse has the Eagle, Globe & Anchor surrounded by translucent red enamel. Each coin is packaged with a detailed header card that describes the mission and history of the Third.
- Measures 1 7/8" x 2"
- Crest shaped
- Antique Brass Finish with Enamel