1ST MARINE DIVISION CELEBRATES 65 YEARS

Publication: US Fed News Service, Including US State News
Date: Thursday, February 9 2006

The U.S. Marine Corps issued the following official news story:

More than 100 members of the 1st Marine Division Association assembled aboard Camp Pendleton and celebrated the "Blue Diamond's" 65th anniversary with active duty division Marines and Sailors Jan. 31 - Feb. 2.

Established in 1941 aboard the Battleship Texas, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Feb. 1, 1941, 1st Marine Division is

the oldest, most decorated and largest division in the Marine Corps.

The 1st Marine Division's personnel have participated in major battles of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and now Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and have conducted numerous humanitarian and peace keeping missions across the globe.

Celebrations kicked off with a golf tournament at the Marine Memorial Golf Course here the morning of Jan. 31.

More than 100 retired and active duty Marines turned out for the event. The 1st Marine Division's assistant commander, Col. Kevin A. Vietti, delivered a brief speech prior to tee time.

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