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"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.
10 March 2014
I begin this announcement with regret for having taken so long to communicate with you. The gambit of excuses runs from health issues to pure laziness, but the result has been an information black hole, and for that I do apologize. I intend to rectify my poor performance by regularly posting announcements “From the Honorary Colonel” on the 28th Infantry Regiment Association website. I will also send my announcements via email to each active member of the 28th Infantry Association. I will endeavor to keep you up to date on the state of the Regiment. Mike MacDonald, our Association President, intends to post announcements to keep you informed on the state of the 28th Infantry Association. Look for President MacDonald’s postings under the “From the President” tab on the website.
In this first posting I would like to quickly review the Regiment’s past, then give you a view of the future. It is not an after action report on the Regiment’s recent deployments and operations, but an overview of the state of the Regiment.
The 28th Infantry Regiment currently has one active-duty battalion; the other two battalions have been inactivated. 3rd Battalion was last inactivated in 1993 following its service in the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. 2nd Battalion was last inactivated in 2013 following its distinguished service in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the 172nd Infantry Brigade. 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment was last activated in January 2006 as part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley Kansas. 1st Battalion twice deployed to Iraq and once to Afghanistan in America’s war on terror. The 1st and 2nd Battalions performed brilliantly during these grueling deployments.
Various media have informed us that the size of America’s military must be reduced rather significantly in the not too distant future. For the Army this reduction is most often expressed in terms of the number of BCTs or brigade-size units that must be inactivated. The 172nd Infantry Brigade was identified as one of the early inactivating units, hence the reason for 2nd Battalion’s inactivation. More recently, the 4th BCT, 1st Infantry Division was identified for inactivation. 1st Battalion is assigned to the 4th BCT and therefore at risk for inactivation. However, I am most happy to report to you that a plan devised by Danger 6, the Commanding General 1st Infantry Division, will save 1st Battalion from the force reduction axe. The Big Red One intends to reassign the 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Division from the 4th BCT to the 1st BCT (Devil Brigade). The current 1st BCT Commander (Call sign Devil 6) is Colonel John Reynolds, who previously commanded 2nd Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment in Germany during an Iraq deployment. Devil 6 is also a Distinguished Member (DMOR) of the 28th Infantry Regiment. It is safe to say that DMOR Reynolds will shepherd the 1st Battalion and do everything within his power to keep it in the active force and assigned to the Big Red One.
Watch for my next posting. I intend to provide you with information on the U.S. Army Regimental System, and specifically on 2014 Distinguished Member and Honorary Member of the Regiment investitures.
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.