Paul Torian and The Old Breed

“I was K Company, Third Battalion, Third Marine Regiment, and Third Marine Division.  So we’re K-3-3-3… which I’ve ordered for my license plate.” — Paul Torian, 2002

One of the initial impetuses for this project was my former commanding officer, Captain Nicholas ‘Nick’ Nuzzo, who suggested in early 2007 that I make a presentation for Kilo Company on the history of the unit.  I obviously couldn’t — it’s been hard enough doing research on the battalion, let alone a single company, but one of the side-effects was that I discovered Paul Torian (1920-2004). Read more »

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Fortes Fortuna Juvat: The Third Marines

Third Marine Regimental Headquarters

Third Marine Regimental Headquarters

“Sir, my question is, now that the 3rd Marines have been allowed to show their abilities to the world, are we going to be entering into combat rotations in the near future?” — Question by unknown 1/3 Marine to Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld, December, 2004

Third Battalion is just one part of the Third Marine Regiment, the main ground force in the Third Marine Division (3/3/3: the source of its callsign, ‘Trinity’), and a unique unit in the Marine Corps.  Because of Hawaii’s isolated location and lack of higher-ups, the regiment has an unusual amount of autonomy and a reputation to match. Read more »

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Slouching Towards Haditha

Kilo Marines and EOD detonating an IED in Haqlaniyah, May 2006.

Kilo Marines and EOD detonating an IED in Haqlaniyah, May 2006.

While most of the posting I’ve done so far is related to the 2004-2005 deployment, the main reason is because those are the only records I have available.  I’m still continuing my search for more recent command chronologies, but otherwise the next on my list will have to be the battalion’s 2006 deployment to the Haditha Triad in Iraq.

I am not looking forward to it. Read more »

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Captain Mattis

Captain James Mattis (second from left) with his company staff in Kilo Company in 1978. 1st Lieutenant Louis Sposato (second from right) would command 3/3 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Nineties.

Captain James Mattis (second from left) with his company staff in Kilo Company in 1978. 1st Lieutenant Louis Sposato (second from right) would command 3/3 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Nineties.

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First into the Korengal?

KorangalValley

The Korengal Valley, December 2004

Many of the Marines I’ve talked to from the 2004-2005 deployment to Afghanistan swear that 3/3 was the first American unit in the Korengal Valley. Interestingly, other Marines I’ve talked to from 2/3′s 2005 deployment and 1/3′s 2006 deployment all swear the same things about their units.  A pro-Army site even suggests that 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment was the first into Korengal in April 2006.  They can’t all be right.  Can they? Read more »

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