Daniels, Ron, HMC

Hospital Corpsman
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Chief Petty Officer
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Hospital Corpsman
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1984-1988, HM-9502, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, IL
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HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
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1968 - 1988
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  1976-1977, HM-8404, 3rd Marine Division

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November / 1976

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December / 1977

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 3rd Marine Division Details

3rd Marine Division

3rd Marine Division is an infantry division in the United States Marine Corps 

 The 3rd Marine Division was officially activated on 16 September 1942 at Camp ElliottSan DiegoCalifornia. Most of the original members of the division were drawn from the cadre staff of the 2nd Marine Division.[2] The division was initially built around the 9th Marine Regiment, commanded by Colonel Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. who later became the 20th Commandant of the Marine CorpsMajor GeneralCharles D. Barrett was the first Commanding General of the Division.

The division echeloned into Auckland, New Zealand between January and March 1943. In June of that year they moved onto Guadalcanal for additional training. 27 September 1943 saw the division land as part of the Battle of Bougainville and fight on the island until their last unit to arrive, the 21st Marine Regiment, embarked on 9 January 1944. During the course of the battle the division had approximately 400 Marines killed.[3]

They returned to Guadalcanal in January 1944 to rest, refit and train. The next operation the division took part in was theBattle of Guam. From 21 July 1944 until the last day of organized fighting on 10 August, the division fought through the jungles on the island of Guam. During these 21 days of fighting, the Division captured over 60 square miles (160 km2) of territory and killed over 5,000 enemy soldiers.[4] The next two months saw continuous mopping up operations in which the Marines continued to engage left over Japanese forces. At the end of the battle the Division had sustained 677 Marines killed, 3,626 wounded and 9 missing.


The Division remained on the island of Guam for training purposes until they embarked as part of the landing force for the Battle of Iwo Jima. The 3rd Marine Division was initially in reserve for the battle[6]however they were committed one regiment at a time as the initial regiments that landed needed to be relieved. The 21st Marines came ashore on 20 February[6] followed by the 9th Marines and a reinforcement BN. of the 3rd Marines on 25 February.[7] The Marines of these two infantry regiments, supported by the artillery of the 12th Marine Regiment and tanks of the 3rd Tank Battalion, fought on Iwo Jima until the end of organized resistance on 16 March and the subsequent mopping up operations for the next month. All elements of the Division were back on Guam by 17 April 1945.[8] The fighting on Iwo Jima would cost the 3rd Marine Division 1,131 killed in action and another 4,438 wounded.[9]

After the return to Guam, the Division began preparing for the invasion of Japan. This however never took place as Japan surrendered in August 1945. The Division was deactivated on 28 December 1945


The Division was reactivated on 7 January 1952 at Camp PendletonCalifornia. Immediately after its activation and still in its organizational state, the Division began intensive combat training, including new tactics and maneuvers based on lessons learned in Korean War. During the remaining part of 1952 elements of the Division participated in numerous exercises and training problems, including vertical envelopment (helicopter landing), airborne operations and attack, and defense against atomic weapons and missiles.[citation needed]

In August 1953 the Division arrived in Japan to support the 1st Marine Division in the defense of the Far Eastern area. In March 1956 the Division moved to Okinawa and remained there in a readiness posture until 1965


Vietnam War

On 6 May 1965, the 3rd Marine Division opened the Marine Compound at the Da Nang Air BaseVietnam. They were the first American combat troops to be sent to Vietnam to protect the Da Nang airport.[11] By the end of 1965 the Division had all its regiments ( 3rd Marines4th Marines and 9th Marines ) on the ground. In October 1966, then commanding general Lew Walt was ordered to establish strong points just south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The division moved its headquarters from Da Nang to Phu Bai in late 1966. At the same time the division was also building outposts along the southern half of the DMZ at Con ThienGio LinhCam Lo and Dong Ha. The first major multi-regiment operations against the North Vietnamse Army was Operation Hastings in July 1966. Operation Prairie followed in October. This area would come to be known as Leatherneck Square. In late 1967 the headquarters moved again from Phu Bai to Dong Ha in the Quang Tri Province and more outpost were opened. Camp CarrollRockpile,Ca Lu and Khe Sanh. The two main enemy divisions the Marines fought were the324B NVA Division and the 320th NVA Division. On November 14, 1967 the 3rd Marine Division commander was killed northwest of Hue City in a helicoper crash. Some of the major operations in 1967 and early 1968 in this area were Operation Prairie IIIOperation Prairie IVOperation HickoryOperation CimarronOperation BuffaloOperation Kingfisher and Operation Kentucky. Nearly 8,000 NVA were killed during this time period. The Marines suffered over 1400 killed and over 9,000 wounded. There were five Medal of Honors awarded and nearly 40 Navy Crossesgiven during this period of time. For Meritorious Service in the Republic of Vietnam the division was awarded thePresidential Unit Citation in 1967.[citation needed]

The 3rd Marine Division departed South Vietnam in November 1969 with more than 20 Marines receiving the Medal of Honor.




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3rd Marine Division

Brown, Nathan, CPO, (1958-1978) HM HM-8404 Chief Petty Officer
Lente, Michael, PO1, (1969-1979) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer First Class
Bowen, Dale, PO1, (1967-1987) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Carey, David, PO2, (1976-1980) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Griffin, Early, MCPO, (1969-1994) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Harmon, George, CMC, (1970-1996) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Valero, Doy, PO2, (1974-1979) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
VanNote, Bill, PO2, (1972-1976) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Welch, Tony, PO1, (1969-1978) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Chase, Thomas, PO3, (1966-1979) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Henson, Paul, LCDR, (1975-2000) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Hull, Steve, CPO, (1973-1997) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Macrae, David, PO3, (1972-1976) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Robideau, Kevin, SCPO, (1976-2003) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Savluk, Neal, PO2, (1975-1980) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Paterson, Michael, SCPO, (1975-2004) HM HM-8404 Hospitalman
Choate, Joseph, CPO, (1959-1979) HM HM-8491 Chief Petty Officer
Mortenson, John, CPO HM HM-8432 Petty Officer First Class
Blair, Michael, CPO, (1973-1994) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Piersol, Eugene, LCDR, (1946-1981) OFF 230X Lieutenant Commander
Prater, John, SCPO, (1974-1998) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Anthony, William, CPO, (1967-1987) DT DT-8707 Petty Officer First Class
Vidal, Abel, HN, (1972-1979) HN HN-8404 Hospitalman
Contreras, Robert, PO3, (1973-1977) DT DT-8707 Dentalman
Panza, James [Other Service Rank]
Paterson, Michael, SCPO, (1975-2004) Hospitalman Apprentice
Fiscus, Allan, PO3, (1975-1981) Hospitalman

Behler, David, MCPO, (1972-1998) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Second Class
Oropeza, Richard, PO1, (1973-1995) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer Third Class
Whipple, Todd, CMC, (1967-1995) HM HM-8432 Petty Officer First Class
Cordero, William, CMC, (1972-2001) Petty Officer Second Class

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