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11/21/07

Happy Birthday Third ID!

SAVANNAH, GA--Today, the US Army's Third Infantry Division celebrates its 90th birthday and service to America.

The Third ID dates back to World War I, when its soldiers blocked German troops from entering Paris. That successful mission earned the Third ID the nickname "Rock of the Marne."

90 years and still going strong.

In honor of the 90 year milestone, the 3rd I-D re-enlisted 275 soldiers at a special mass re-enlistment ceremony at Camp Victory outside Baghdad. In WWI, the 3rd Infantry Division's dog face soldiers blocked German troops from entering Paris.

Since then, they've been on the front line of every campaign. The 3rd I-D Commander, Major General Rick Lynch, has a message for his dog face soldiers.

"Everyone has a choice. You can either read history or you can make history," MG Lynch said. " Dog-faced soldiers are making history everyday. Soldiers are the reason the 3rd infantry heritage is so rich. Happy birthday dog-faced soldiers. Rock of the Marne."

Thee re-enlistment ceremony is one of five birthday events to take place over the next week. From WTOC, Happy Birthday 3rd I-D for a job well done, over the years and into the future.

 

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com,  Lindsay Mohs, lmohs@wtoc.com

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