The Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines (Three Deuce Five or 3/25) is a Marine infantry reserve unit based in Columbus, OH. It, along with two other infantry companies, a weapons company and a headquarters element comprise the 3rd Battalion 25 Marine Regiment. The Battalion’s individual units spanning from Ohio to Pennsylvania and New York are activated together and mobilize to carry out assigned missions.
Even as a Reserve Unit, the 3/25 holds a serious mission. According to MarineParents.Com the mission of the 3/25 is to:
Provide trained combat and combat support personnel and units to augment and reinforce the active component in time of war, national emergency, and at other times as national security requires.
Wikipedia notes the mission when active duty to:
Locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or to repel the enemy assault by fire and close combat. Additionally, the Battalion is prepared to augment active Marine Forces in case of national emergency.
The 25th Marine Regiment was formed during World War II. The 25th Marines were activated in 1943 and fought in both the Battles of Saipan and Iwo Jima. The unit was deactivated at the conclusion of WWII and almost 20 years later (in 1962), it was reactivated as a Marine Corp Reserve Unit.
The Unit was never deployed during the Vietnam conflict. The Marines of the 3rd Battalion 25th Regiment did activate to support Operation Desert Storm in the early 90’s. Never deploying to Southwest Asia or the Middle East, Marines from the 3/25 did see action in South America and Norway.
Beginning in 2005, the Battalion prepared for deployment to Iraq. Arriving in Theater in March of 2005, it was the job of these Marines to teach and equip Iraqi Security Forces to prevent insurgencies in the Al Anbar province. Between March 2005 and their deactivation in January 2006, the Marines of 3rd Battalion had lost 46 Marines. Twenty two of those Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman were from the Lima Company and the surrounding community of Brook Park. Fourteen Marines were killed on August 3, 2005 in Barwanah, Iraq by an IED. The others died fighting throughout the region in May, June, and July of 2005.
Five years later in August of 2010, the Unit was again deployed, this time to Afghanistan across the Helmand province. Their mission was similar to that in Iraq: to provide security, recon work, and combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Another soldier form the 3/25 died during that tour. The unit was again deactivated in June 2011.
A Remembrance for our Veterans
It is fitting on this Veterans Day that we look back at the sacrifices made by these Marines and Navy Corpsman, as well as pay our thanks for the work of Anita Miller, who created the Lima Company “Eyes of Freedom” Memorial. If you are unfamiliar with this memorial, below is some information about it from the Lima Company Memorial website:
The Lima Company Memorial, The Eyes of Freedom was created as a result of a vision of an Ohio artist, in which she saw the finished memorial and felt she was being asked to create it. With the help of the families of the fallen and the returned Marines of L3/25, the work was created and unveiled in the Ohio State House Rotunda in 2008, as the vision foretold.
Although the paintings in this Memorial specifically depict the 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25, it has become much more: a Remembrance of Spirit & Choice for all who have answered the call of service. Behind each portrait we feel the hearts and spirits of the thousands of men and women who have served, fought and died for their country, in every branch of the armed forces.
Again, from the Lima Company Memorial website:
Like so many people in Ohio who heard of the Lima Company tragedies in 2005, Anita’s heart tore for the families of the fallen and prayed to be able to help. Two months later, she awoke in the middle of the night with a vision of the completed Memorial standing in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. The vision was a first in a series of miracles.
The artist worked for the next two and a half years to make it a reality. Her friend, Liz Bravender created a not for profit organization, Lima Company Memorial, in order to support Anita’s work and assembled a team dedicated to helping to heal the pain of the Lima Company losses through the Memorial. Through the gracious kindness of Senators Harris and Finan and with the help of the Columbus State House Review and Advisory Board, the Lima Company Memorial was unveiled in the Rotunda in May, 2008 and was displayed for six months. The paintings then began its tour to other museums and events.
For almost 5 years, these paintings have traveled the United States as the Eyes of Freedom Lima Company Memorial. R+L Carriers is honored to partner with dozens of others to make this memorial available across the United States as the official transportation provider for the traveling display. Please visit the Lima Company Memorial website to find out when the exhibit will be on display in your area.