| Originally formed as
Tank Company, 21st Marines in mid 1942 with Captain Holly Evans as the
first Commanding Officer.
Redesignated Company "B" 3rd Tank Battalion on September 16, 1942 when the 3rd Marine Division was activated. The history of the 3rd Tank Battalion is also the history of Bravo Company.
The 3d Tank Battalion was activated at Camp Elliott, San Diego, California on 16 September 1942. The battalion moved to Camp Pendleton for training and in January 1943, with its training completed, the battalion prepared to move overseas. Company A, attached to the 9th Marines and Company B to the 21st Marines, left immediately. The following month the remainder of the battalion for New Zealand.
In June 1943, the 3d
Marine Division began its movement from New Zealand to Guadalcanal
As American involvement
in Vietnam increased, the 3d Tank Battalion was again called into
In 1976, the 3d Tank battalion detached from its division and moved to the Marine Corps Air-Ground Training Center, Twentynine Palms, California. The battalion served increasingly in tests and exercises designed to improve USMC mechanized warfare, forming part of the first unit designated for the Maritime Prepositioning Ship brigades, the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
The 3d Tank Battalion deployed with that brigade to Saudi Arabia in wake of the Iraqi seizure of Kuwait in August, 1990. Among the first U.S. forces to arrive in Saudi Arabia for this purpose, the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, deployed to the key port and petroleum center of Al Jubayl. Off loading heavy equipment, including 53 M60A1 tanks from its dedicated Maritime Prepositioning Squadron 1, the brigade reported ready for operations on 25 August, a mere 10 days after arrival in theater and weeks ahead of any U.S. Army armored force. The battalion and the ground units of the brigade joined the 1st Marine Division upon that unit's arrival in Saudi Arabia, but remained in support of the 7th Marines regimental Task Force "Ripper." The battalion fought the four day campaign of 24-28 February 1991, and returned to the US in April.
On June First, 1992, 3d Tank Battalion disbanded as part of force reduction programs.
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