Marines with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducting a cold weather patrol at Sekiyama, Japan, during exercise Forest Light March 15, 2017.
75mm pack howitzer, “H” Battery, 3rd Battalion, US 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Cape Torokina, Bougainville, Mid December 1943.
Extract from “A brief history of the 12th Marines”
“By 2 November, the 1st and 3d Battalions were positioned in
a swampy area several hundred yards inland and answering all
requests for support. Trees had been cut to clear fields of
fire and log platforms constructed to support the weight of
the 75mm pack howitzer. To service their weapons cannoneers
had to wade about their guns in water that was often knee
deep, and ammunition had to be transported across the swamp
by rubber boats. During the campaign efforts were made to
displace the batteries to move suitable positions but they
were met by arguments from the division that the new positions
would draw enemy counterbattery fire upon the division command
“At 0835 on the morning of the 24th November, the
12th Marines bolstered by three artillery battalions of the
37th Infantry Division commenced a 20-minute preparation,
later described as "the greatest, up to that time, that had
ever been fired by artillery in support of a Marine attack.”
Marines with 3rd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, during an urban operations raid on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 17, 2016.
French Paratroopers with the 3rd Combat Company, 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment conducting a cordon and search during Swift Response 16 training exercise at the Hohenfels Training Area, a part of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, in Hohenfels, Germany, Jun. 16, 2016.
Machine gunners with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, sends rounds through their target with the M249 machine gun on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). GULF OF ADEN. July 14, 2015.
U.S. Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducting squad tactics and maneuver rehearsals aboard the USS Rushmore (LSD 47), during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of San Diego March 20, 2015.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Niro, a scout sniper with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment Scout Sniper Platoon and 24-year-old native of Walton Hills, Ohio, places the dog tag of fallen Pfc. Heath D. Warner on a battlefield cross following a memorial run here, June 1, 2012, to honor the sacrifices of 116 men from 3rd Marines who died during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Warner, a 19-year-old native of Canton, Ohio, died Nov. 22, 2006, while conducting combat operations with 2/3 in Al Anbar province, Iraq.
Security Force Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, conducting a live-fire table five range in Southwest Asia, September, 29, 2015.
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Sebastian Rodriguez, a machine gunner with Weapons Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, fires an M240B machine gun during a night squad-attack exercise at Kangaroo Flats Training Area in Northern Territory, Australia, May 22, 2013. (DoD photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)
Pfc. Ivan Arredondo, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, shoots an M203 grenade launcher with a recently developed sight as part of new equipment training at Kaneohe Bay range training facility, Nov. 19. The new sight is smaller and lighter and features a holographic red dot sight for easier aiming and includes ballistic data. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Suzanna Knotts/Released)
Pfc. Joshua Burley, a rifleman with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, pauses during a hike with his company on their way to their culminating training event in a mock battle against Combat Logistics Battalion 3 at Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Apr. 15, 2013.
(Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Suzanna Lapi / Released)