Battalion
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Unit Details

Strength
Battalion
Type
Ground Unit
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
1942 - Present

Description
3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion (3rd AABn) is one of two active duty assault amphibian battalions in the United States Marine Corps. The battalion's primary weapon system is the Amphibious Assault Vehicle or AAV. The AAV is a 27.5-ton armored vehicle that carries up to 21 combat-loaded Marines and is armed with the UGWS (UpGunned Weapons Station), which mounts a .50 cal (12.7 mm) M2HB machine gun and a Mk-19 40 mm grenade launcher. The AAV is the only armored vehicle in the U.S. inventory that is fully capable of operations both on land and in the ocean. The battalion is part of the 1st Marine Division and the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The unit is based in Camp Pendleton, California.


Filed Under
Amphibious Assault Vehicle
 
Active Reporting Units
 
Inactive Reporting Unit
None
 
172 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Amundsen, Tony, Pvt, (1958-1962)
  • Arvin, Robert, MGySgt, (1961-1989)
  • Baird, Chuck, Cpl, (1957-1965)
  • Beahrs JR, Charles, LCpl, (1987-1990)
  • Beermann, Clark, Cpl, (1960-1964)
  • Blackburn, Byron, LCpl, (1970-1972)
  • Blakely, Charles, Cpl, (1966-1968)
  • Bodnar, Jim, Cpl, (1961-1966)
  • Bornhoft, Neal, CWO4, (1969-1997)
  • Boudreau, Thomas, Sgt, (1968-1970)
  • Boyce, Ronald, Cpl, (1967-1970)
  • Brabant, Tom, Sgt, (1968-1970)
  • Brooks, David, Cpl, (1967-1971)
  • Brower, Alfred, Sgt, (1974-1978)
  • Bugbee, Duane, Capt, (1949-1970)
  • Burell, Carlos, LCpl, (1972-1974)
  • Burkhardt, Richard, Cpl, (1978-1984)
  • Burt, David, Sgt, (1969-1973)
  • Campbell, Pat, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Canalita, Manuel, Sgt, (1965-1973)
  • Carroll, Pat, Cpl, (1975-1979)
  • Carver, Leonard, Pvt, (1967-1973)
  • Cary, William, LCpl, (1958-1961)
  • Chase, Allan, GySgt, (1968-1988)
  • Christian, Robert K, Cpl, (1970-1974)
  • Christofferson, Alan, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Clark, A C Pete, Cpl, (1969-1970)
  • Cota, Denny, Cpl, (1961-1966)
  • Craig, Leonard, Cpl, (1968-1970)
  • Crowe, Michael, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Danford, Barry, LCpl, (1971-1973)
  • Davenport, Kenneth, Cpl, (1985-1991)
  • Davidson, Frederick, Sgt, (1965-1972)
  • Davis, BRUCE, Col, (1959-1993)
  • Day, Tommy, SSgt, (1974-1980)
  • Decker, Willy, Cpl, (1965-1969)
  • Doyle, Patrick, Sgt, (1966-1968)
  • Eagan, Daniel, LCpl, (1974-1975)
  • Ebert, Dave, HM3, (1968-1970)
  • Edens, Charles, GySgt, (1975-1995)
  • Ellis, Mike, Cpl, (1966-1972)
  • Eschman, Charles, Cpl, (1961-1965)
  • Fenske, Lyle, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Fletcher, Dexter, Sgt, (1966-1968)
 

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Unit Timeline
OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
In June 2004, under the auspices of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1546 the Coalition transferred limited sovereignty to a caretaker government, whose first act was to begin the trial of S ... More
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2004 - 2005
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Liberation of Iraq
2003
OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)
The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 19 March to 1 May 2003 and signaled the start of the conflict that later came to be known as the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United ... More
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2003 - 2003
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Criteria
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to Joint Activities of the Department of Defense for meritorious achievement or service, superior to that which is ... More
Descriptions
1992-1995 Operation Restore Hope Elements of 3rd AABn served in Somalia or off the coast aboard MEUs from 1992 until approximately 1995. For its actions during Operation Restore Hope, the battalio ... More
1995
Operation Restore Hope (Somalia)
The Operation Restore Hope was an operation of the United States and many of its allied countries in Somalia. The operation was protected by the United Nations. The United States was the leader of thi ... More
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1992 - 1993
Operation Desert Shield
In 1990, fellow Arab Gulf states refused to endorse Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's plan to cut production and raise the price of oil, leaving him frustrated and paranoid. Iraq had incurred a mountain o ... More
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1990 - 1991
Operation Desert Storm
On January 16, 1991, President George H. W. Bush announced the start of what would be called Operation Desert Storm—a military operation to expel occupying Iraqi forces from Kuwait, which Iraq h ... More
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1991 - 1991
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
superior performance from 1983 - 1985
1985
Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
This campaign was from 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970. An increase in enemy-initiated attacks, at the highest level since 4-5 September signaled the start of the first phase of the Communist winter ... More
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1969 - 1970
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
This campaign was from 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969. In November 1968 the South Vietnam government with American support began a concentrated effort to expand security in the countryside. This ... More
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1968 - 1969
Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)
This campaign was from 23 February to 8 June 1969. From Tet 1969 through the month of June, the enemy again tried to sustain an offensive. His inability to do so can be largely attributed to aggressi ... More
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1969 - 1969
Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
This campaign was from 9 June to 31 October 1969. During the summer and fall of 1969, conduct of operations was increasingly turned over to Vietnamese, US troops withdrew in greater numbers amid reaff ... More
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1969 - 1969
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
16Sep67-31Oct68 SU 1st MarDiv
1968
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Headquarters and Service Company 2Sep-31Oct68 SU 1st MarDiv
1968
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Descriptions
16Sep67-1Sep68
1968
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Descriptions
Provisional Company 30-31Jan68 SU 3d Bn, 5th Mar
1968
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout ... More
1968
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Criteria
The unit citation of the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal was awarded certain units by the Vietnamese government for meritorious service during the period 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1974.
1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
This campaign was from 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968.The conflict in South Vietnam remains basically unchanged. As Operation JUNCTION CITY ended, elements of the U.S. 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions, ... More
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1967 - 1968
Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 30 January to 1 April 1968. On 29 January 1968 the Allies began the Tet-lunar new year expecting the usual 36-hour peaceful holiday truce. Because of the threat of a large-scale ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 2 April to 30 June 1968. During this period friendly forces conducted a number of battalion-size attritional operations against the enemy.

Operations PEGASUS-Lam ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 1 July to 1 November 1968. During this period a country-wide effort was begun to restore government control of territory lost to the enemy since the Tet offensive. The enemy att ... More
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1968 - 1968
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
29Mar66-15Sep67 SU 1st MarDiv (Less Co A)
1967
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
This campaign was from 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. Recognizing the interdependence of political ... More
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1966 - 1967
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
This campaign was from 25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. Recognizing the interdependence of pol ... More
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1965 - 1966
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
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Headquarters and Service Company Detachment Only 18-23Aug65 SU 7th RLT
1965
Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
This campaign was 8 March to 24 December 1965. During this campaign the U.S. objective was to hold off the enemy while gaining time needed to build base camps and logistical facilities. The U.S. also ... More
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1965 - 1965
Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the Caribbean Crisis or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day (October 16-28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning American b ... More
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1962 - 1962
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
19-28Feb45 SU Assault Troops, 5th Phib Corps
1945
Battle of Iwo Jima
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the ... More
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1945 - 1945
Battle of Bougainville
After New Georgia, the next major operation was an invasion of the island of Bougainville, which was approached by landings at Mono and Stirling in the Treasury Islands on October 25-27, 1943. A Marin ... More
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1943 - 1944
Battle of Guam (1944)
Guam, ringed by reefs, cliffs, and heavy surf, presents a formidable challenge for an attacker. But despite the obstacles, on 21 July, the Americans landed on both sides of the Orote peninsula on the ... More
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1944 - 1944
Treasury-Bougainville Campaign (1943)
The Bougainville campaign (Operation Cherry Blossom) was fought by the Allies in the South Pacific during World War II to regain control of the island of Bougainville from the Japanese forces who had ... More
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1943 - 1943
 
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