3/4 Marines deploy to Afghanistan

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A Marine searches for his bags in a sea of gear staged to be loaded before Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, deployed April 6 to Afghanistan. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson)

The Thundering Third is back in Afghanistan.

At least that should be the case for 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, out of Twentynine Palms, Calif. The unit deployed last week in waves, and will be deployed in northern Helmand province, according to this Marine Corps news release.

It could be a tough deployment. The Corps hasn’t said it officially, but the L.A. Times reported recently that 3/4 will join 1/5 in Sangin district, the volatile area where 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., faced so many hardships in their recently completed deployment.

Second Reconnaissance Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., also has operated in the area, and 3/5 was reportedly spread into neighboring Kajaki district during their deployment. It’ll be interesting to see how 1/5 and 3/4 are distributed.

Commandant Gen. Jim Amos said in February that Marines have passed a “tipping point” in Sangin, meaning the insurgents won’t be able to take back the district. With the spring fighting season looming, however, it’s worth keeping 1/5 and 3/4 in your thoughts going forward.

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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

31 Comments

  1. SARA COLEMAN on

    Thank you so much!!!! My brother is one of these guys!!!! I will be praying for all of the guys in 3/4 🙂

  2. Thanks for the post. I’m a 1/5 wife and haven’t heard any news on our men in news articles. Good to know there brothers are on the way to help.

  3. Very proud Mom of a 3/5 marine. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the marines of 3/4 and 1/5 and their families. Stay strong and God Bless

  4. As a 3/5 mom, I say send as many as we can in that area to finish the job! Let’s not waste the sacrifices already made. God bless the 1/5 and the 3/4.

  5. Continue to keep us informed, my son just deployed with the 3/4 from twenty -nine palms. Sawgunner Shane stay focused and I love you.
    Dad

  6. Just found this site. THANKS for the info. Keep it up! Our thoughts and prayers are with the 3/4 and ALL the men and women who serve.

  7. 1/5 girlfriend on

    I’m glad some of the other boys are going to help them. My boyfriend is a Master Sergeant in 1/5 and I worry myself to death everyday. Keep them all in your prayers and may they all come home safe.

  8. Our boys are doing a hard thing in a hard place…. keep sending prayers and lil-debbie snack cakes!

  9. Mom of a 3/4 marine. All are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you son-so very proud of you. Thanks to all those serving. Be safe.God Bless and protect all of you and bring you home safely.

  10. MY SON IS 1/5 MARINE AND IM SO GLAD THAT 3/4 MARINE BROTHERS ARE GOING OUT THERE TO HELP I HEARD ITS REALLY BAD OUT THERE …ARE PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF ARE MARINE SONS …LOVE U MIJO VICTOR ..IF ANYONE NEEDS SOMEONE TO TALK TO HERES MY EMAIL CALVILLOGIRL13@YAHOO.COM

  11. You know what we served them hell last year in 2009 where going to give these DURKA DURKA a run for their money again. Put a bullet in there ass for US and those who stand against thee.
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    P.S. ARMY Stay away from US we dont need you

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  13. 43yrs.ago a l/cpl Williams went missing from 3 rd. Med. Bn. In Quang tri. Still missing and no one has anything like a sensible answer to his where abouts. Remembered him with smoke and a prayer.Ho-Chunk/Winnebago

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