The plaque in the Third Infantry Division
memorial. It reads
Infantry Division U.S. Army
"Rock of the Marne"
The 3d Division was organized at Camp Green, North Carolina, on 23 November
1917. All Units of the Division were in France by March 1918. The Division
entered combat in May. On July 15 it distinguished itself in defense of the
Marne River at Chateau-Thierry, forty-five miles northeast of Paris. This
action earned the Division the proud motto, "Rock of the Marne".
The 3d Infantry Division fought with distinction in World War II, participating
in four amphibious landings in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France. The
Division played a crucial role in the defense of South Korea. It returned to
Germany in 1957 as part of the NATO Defense Force and was there when the 3d
Division Memorial was dedicated on August 15, 1990.