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The 3d Battalion of the 11th Marines, the artillery regiment of the First Marine Division, FMF, is located at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.
The mission of 3d Battalion is: To provide direct support fires to 7th Marine Regiment and general support and reinforcing fires to other maneuver elements of 1st Marine Division during combat operations. This is our reason for existence and number one priority. Mission first is an intangible which requires selflessness at its core.
The battalion fought in World War II, Korean and Viet Nam as well as Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Southwest Asia, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The 3d Battalion, 11th Marines Association is an informal association of Marines and sailors who have served in or been attached to the battalion and desire to maintain the comradery and friendships they developed. It includes veterans of Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and more recent conflicts as well as currently serving Marines. The association has held annual reunions at different cities around the US for the past 14 years. Information regarding reunions is posted on Facebook.
The association provided for this plaque in the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia honoring 3d Battalion, 11th Marines