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3d Marine Division

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Sgt. Maj. Alfonso D. Via, former 3rd Marine Regiment Sgt. Maj., 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division,is relieved by Colonel Michael S. Stskal, Commanding Officer, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, during a post and relief ceremony at Camp Wilson aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 17, 2018. The post and relief ceremony took place during an integrated training exercise that 3rd Marine Division took part in. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Rachel K. Porter)
Camp Wilson Post and Relief
Sgt. Maj. Alfonso D. Via, former 3rd Marine Regiment Sgt. Maj., 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, is relieved by Colonel Michael S. Stskal, Commanding Officer, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, during a post and relief ceremony at Camp Wilson aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 17, 2018.
ITX is a large-scale, combined-arms training exercise conducted on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms conducted to continue increasing the units’ readiness as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
Hawaii Marines depart for ITX 2-18
Marines standby for their departure to Integrated Training Exercise 2-18 from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Jan. 12, 2018.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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CAC Conducts Long Range Swim Training Exercise in Hawaii
U.S. Marines from Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division conduct a long range swim training exercise, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2017.
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CAC conducts long range swim training exercise
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 flies over an amphibious assault vehicle from Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, during a long range swim training exercise, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines conduct Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training
Cpl. Nathan Blue (left), Hospitalman Second Class Jonathan Alexander (middle), and Hospitalman Third Class Timothy Lucsom (right), oversee 2nd Lt. Mark Mabry playing a simulated downed pilot during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training event in Exercise Bougainville II at Landing Zone Boondocker, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, on Oct. 26, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines conduct the Infantry Platoon Battle Course
U.S. Marines hold their positions while attending the Infantry Platoon Battle Course at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii, Oct. 25, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines Combined Anti-Armor Team acquire targets at an unknown distance
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Pesto, driver of a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle at the mobile assault course during Exercise Bougainville II at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the island of Hawaii, Oct. 23, 2017.
Regiment News Snapshot
Marine earns rare medal for noncombat bravery

By | 3rd Marine Division | January 9, 2018

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Cranford “returned to the surf zone for the last time and placed the man on top of himself to keep him buoyant and away from the coral reef as he guided him to the shore, sustaining cuts and abrasions due to being raked across the coral reef,” the award citation reads.

The Navy and Marine Corps medal was established in 1942 and is rare. It is the highest decoration for valor in a noncombat situation. Recipients of the award have put their lives in great danger and risk to save others.

The award is considered higher than a Bronze Star and just below the Distinguished Flying Cross in order of precedence.

Back in January, a Navy midshipman earned the award after leading and rescuing a Boy Scout troop caught in a dangerous storm in Ontario, Canada. Midshipman 3rd Class Jonathan Dennler canoed over a mile in 60 mph winds to reach a ranger station for help.

“First Lt. Cranford is a superb representative of the United States Marine Corps,” Maj. Gen. Craig Q. Timberlake, the commanding general for 3rd Marine Division, said in a Marine Corps news article. “His actions took a lot of guts and a lot of courage. He reflects a United States Marine doing what a United States Marine does.”

Cranford “returned to the surf zone for the last time and placed the man on top of himself to keep him buoyant and away from the coral reef as he guided him to the shore, sustaining cuts and abrasions due to being raked across the coral reef,” the award citation reads.

The Navy and Marine Corps medal was established in 1942 and is rare. It is the highest decoration for valor in a noncombat situation. Recipients of the award have put their lives in great danger and risk to save others.

The award is considered higher than a Bronze Star and just below the Distinguished Flying Cross in order of precedence.

Back in January, a Navy midshipman earned the award after leading and rescuing a Boy Scout troop caught in a dangerous storm in Ontario, Canada. Midshipman 3rd Class Jonathan Dennler canoed over a mile in 60 mph winds to reach a ranger station for help.

“First Lt. Cranford is a superb representative of the United States Marine Corps,” Maj. Gen. Craig Q. Timberlake, the commanding general for 3rd Marine Division, said in a Marine Corps news article. “His actions took a lot of guts and a lot of courage. He reflects a United States Marine doing what a United States Marine does.”


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3d Marine Regiment Leaders

Sergeant Major Alfonso D. Via
Sergeant Major
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Colonel Michael S. Styskal
Commanding Officer
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