Citation, Army Presidential Unit Citation, 3d Infantry Division
During the period 19 March 2003 to 1 May 2003, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Infantry Division and its subordinate units distinguished themselves by extraordinary gallantry, valor, professionalism, and esprit de corps in the conduct of unusually complex, difficult, and hazardous combat operations to liberate the country of Iraq. The unit relentlessly attacked over unforgiving terrain, and while facing extremely difficult weather conditions, advanced 750 kilometers as the spearhead in the Coalition's offensive. Continuously opposed by determined Iraqi forces, using both conventional and unconventional tactics and under frequent threat of chemical attack, the Soldiers of the 3d Infantry Division decisively won every engagement of every battle through their unequalled fighting spirit, dedication to duty, and commitment to their cause. Before the fighting ended, the division defeated or destroyed four Republican Guard Divisions, one Iraqi Regular Army Division, three Special Republican Guard Brigades, and thousands
of fanatical paramilitary forces. In doing so, the division sustained few casualties and achieved one of the most stunning victories in military history. Aggressively attacking into the heart of Baghdad, the division ultimately removed the brutal Iraqi regime from power and then, despite the constant threat of
terrorist attacks, rapidly transitioned to enforce law and order and help rebuild the shattered nation. Its efforts were instrumental in the success of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The courage, skill, and professionalism of the division's Soldiers and its supporting units are in keeping with finest traditions of
military service and reflect distinct credit upon the 3d Infantry Division and the United States Army.