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101 Years Ago the 3rd ID (Infantry Division) Earns its Moniker “Rock or the Marne”

Updated: Nov 15, 2019


WWI Second Battle of the Marne July 14 – 15, 1918 Marne River, France. When flanking French units retreated, the then 3rd Division Commander, Major General Joseph Dickman, told his retreating French Allies “Nous Resterons La” (we shall remain here) and they did.


The now famous United States 3rd Infantry Division earned the designation “Rock of the Marne” at the Marne River near Chateau-Thierry, France as French units retreated from advancing German shock troops the 3rd ID or as it was called then the 3rd Division with its green untested troops took on the brunt of the German offensive to take Paris. The 3rd Division paid a high price in loses but it broke the back of the German offensive. US General “Black Jack” Pershing said it was “one of the most brilliant in our military annals.” The 3rd Division earned six battle stars in WWI and two division soldiers were awarded the CMA (Congressional Medal of Honor).


The 3rd Divisions defence of the Marne that day is how the division earned its moniker “Rock of the Marne” as well as its motto when Major General Joseph Dickman, told his retreating French Allies “Nous Resterons La” (we shall remain here) and they did.


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