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01-13-09, 03:42 PM #1
can someone tell me why 3/4 Marines is know as the darkside?
01-13-09, 06:06 PM #2
I thought they were called the "Thundering Third"??
01-13-09, 06:14 PM #3
Darth Vader is their Battalion Commander?
I don't know...just a thought!
01-13-09, 06:33 PM #4yellowwingGuest Free Member
http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...y/usmc/3-4.htmIn December of 2002, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines received word to prepare for deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
By the end of January all the Battalion's Marines and Sailors were in place and married up with Maritime Prepositioned Assets. An Artillery Liaison Section from Lima Battery 3/11; Bravo Company, 1st Tanks; Alpha Company, 3d Tracks and 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Engineer Battalion were attached -- TASK FORCE 34, also known as DARKSIDE was created.
The unit crossed the border into Iraq on 21 March 2003 as part of the 7th Regimental Combat Team. After 72 hours of heavy fighting, nothing remained of the 51st Iraqi Mechanized Division and the Task Force owned Basra International Airport and important bridges across the Shat al Basra Canal.
500 miles later, after decisive engagements at places like Afak, Diwaniyah, and Al Kut, the battalion conducted an assault crossing of the Diyallah Canal into Baghdad.
Two days later, elements of Task Force 34 pulled down the Saddam Statue outside the Palestine Hotel, ending, for all intents, the Saddam Hussein reign of terror.
01-13-09, 06:38 PM #5yellowwingGuest Free Member
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