U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division to be honored in college football season opener this weekend

Army vs. Georgia State Univ. game will be played in Atlanta

Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division will be honored during the U.S. Military Academy versus Georgia State University football game at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta, September 4. The game will air on ESPNU at 12:00 p.m.

The game is the season opener for both the Army Black Knights and the Georgia State Panthers.

The annual Army football game honoring the Marne Division is frequently played against a Georgia-based rival as 3rd ID’s ties run deep across the state. Following World War II, the division was stationed at Fort Benning before being sent to Germany in 1958. Thirty-nine years later, in 1996, it returned stateside to Georgia and has been headquartered at Fort Stewart ever since. The division’s 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment is stationed at Fort Benning outside of Columbus and its 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade is located at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.

The 3rd ID has a rich and storied history. The division was activated at Camp Greene, North Carolina, on November 21, 1917. During World War I, as a member of the American Expeditionary Force to Europe, the Division earned its name as the “Rock of the Marne” when surrounding allied units retreated and 3rd ID remained.

In addition to two world wars, the division also played an active role in the Korean War, the Cold War and the War on Terror. Sixty Dogface Soldiers have been awarded the Medal of Honor, the most of any division in the United States Army.

This story was written by LTC Lindsey Elder.

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