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28th Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
1st Infantry Division
"Serving America Since 1901"
28TH INFANTRY REGIMENT ASSOCIATION
When this regiment was organized in 1901, the color of Infantry facings was white, which has been taken for the color of the shield. As soon as organized the regiment went to the Philippines, seeing active service against the Moros in Mindanao. The kris and kampilan, the Moro weapons, commemorate such service.
In the World War the 28th Infantry was in the 1st Division, and was the attacking regiment at Cantigny, the first important engagement of our Army in that war. Cantigny is in the ancient province of Picardy, whose arms carried three black rampant lions. The regiment was cited twice in Army Orders by the French for distinguished services rendered at Cantigny and Soissons, and was awarded the fourragre, which is incorporated as a part of the crest. The motto is Vincit Amor Patriae (Love of Country Conquers).
The coat of arms was approved on 11 Dec 1920.
We are an organization of veterans who served in the 28th US Infantry Regiment, its Battle Groups or Battalions in WW I, WW II, the Vietnam War, Iraq, Afghanistan and during peacetime as well.
Membership in the 28th U.S. Infantry Regiment Association is open to anyone who ever served in any unit of the 28th Infantry (The 28th Infantry Regiment, or the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Battalions of the 28th Infantry, or the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Battle Groups) of the 28th Infantry, at any time, and to the blood relatives of anyone who so served.
6 March 2014
The 28th Infantry website is my primary means of communication with you. Thanks to our webmaster Black Lion Fred Tolson, our website has emerged from the dark and is now a location where you can easily find timely and relevant information. I now draw your attention under the History tab to a new addition entitled Our Founder. This new posting is a memorial to the founder of the 28th Infantry Regiment Association, Colonel Ed Burke.
I was privileged to serve under Ed in Viet Nam. I knew him not only as a Soldier, patriot, husband, and father but as a life-long friend. I was honored when asked by Ed’s family to speak at his funeral in Arlington National Cemetery. Due to a very busy cemetery schedule I was given only two minutes to eulogize a man I had known for over forty years. Here’s the words I spoke on that solemn day:
His email address was BlkLionEd@aol.com
He has been the Face, the Voice, the Heart and Soul of the 28th Infantry Regiment, the Black Lions, for over four decades.
The question is why? Why did this particular Regiment of Infantry consume a major portion of Ed Burke’s life?
I know the answer! I know why the 28th Infantry Regiment and the Big Red One were so important to him.
They were special to him, because in this Regiment of Infantry Ed Burke led men in battle. He commanded Charlie Company in the Regiment’s 2nd Battalion. His radio call sign was Dauntless Charlie 6. His higher headquarters was the 1st Infantry Division.
It was in the 28th Regiment of Infantry that Ed Burke came to a full realization of who he was, and on what road he was to travel for the rest of his life.
It was in this Regiment of Infantry that Ed Burke became Black Lion Ed.
It was while serving in the 28th Regiment of Infantry that Ed Burke committed to a life of Service to the Big Red One.
I was Ed Burke’s senior rifle platoon leader. I am eye witness to the marriage of a fiery Irishman from Boston to the 28th U.S. Infantry Regiment and to the 1st Infantry Division.
The marriage took place in 1967 on battlefields too numerous to for me to recall. It was under the conditions of battle that the man, the Regiment, the Division became inseparable. In fact, they became one.
I know that Black Lion Ed Burke has now joined a band of brothers that have preceded us. They are recounting the experiences of serving something far greater than themselves.
I also know that Ed Burke is checking cards for membership in the 28th Infantry Regiment Association and the Society of the 1st Division.
God bless you Black Lion Ed.
I also invite you to visit the Honors tab where you can now find a listing of the Distinguished and Honorary Members of the 28th Infantry Regiment, and information about our Regimental March, Distinctive Unit Insignia, and Regimental Motto under the Heraldry link.
Billy G. Murphy
49th Colonel of the Regiment
The BRO has lost a legend: from Col Billy Murphy
Sgt. Walter Ehlers, WWII Medal of Honor Recipient for his heroic action during World War II, died Thursday at the age of 92. Staff Sgt Walter Ehlers who joined the armed forces in 1940 was the last living Medal of Honor recipient who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day. He earned his Medal "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty" on June 9 and 10, 1944, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. During battle near Goville, France, Ehlers went ahead of his men to defend his squad against the enemy. He blocked his men from gunfire and even after he was wounded in the back, carried a rifleman to safety and the returned to the battleground to retrieve his rifle. Ehlers refused to leave his squad after his wound was treated. Ehlers also earned three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star during his service with the 3rd and 1st Infantry Divisions. After the war, Ehlers became an advocate for military veteran benefits and proudly worked as a security guard for Disneyland when it opened in California. - Elisha Fieldstadt.
If you have not yet signed up for the Big Red One reunion in Anaheim, California, now is the time. The 96th annual reunion is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel June 25th-29th, 2014. As is customary the 28th Infantry Regiment to assemble during the BRO reunion, the Black Lion Association will have the Regimental Command Post on day one and fully operational throughout the reunion. Join us in the Lion's Den for camaraderie that only a few have the opportunity to appreciate. Go to www.1stID.org for more info. Jim Shepherd, Fred Dunlap and myself will be at the CP for your harassment.
Also, there will be a Black Lion reunion this coming October in Laughlin AZ, about 1.5 hours south of Las Vegas. More info soon.