16th Infantry Regiment (United States)

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16th Infantry Regiment
16 INF COA.gif
Coat of arms
Active3 May 1861 to present
CountryUSA
BranchArmy
TypeInfantry
Size2 active battalions
Garrison/HQFort Riley, Kansas
NicknameSemper Paratus (special designation)[1]
"New York's Own"
1st Bn: Iron Rangers
2nd Bn: Rangers
March"Sidewalks of New York"
EngagementsAmerican Civil War
*Manassas
*Antietam
*Fredericksburg
*Gettysburg
*Spotsylvania
*Cold Harbor
*Wilderness
*Petersburg
Indian Wars
Spanish-American War
*San Juan Hill
Philippine–American War
World War I
*Meuse-Argonne
World War II
*Battle of Kasserine Pass
*Sicily
*Normandy
*Operation Cobra
Kosovo Campaign
Iraq Campaign
Decorations*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered MATEUR, TUNISIA
*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered SICILY
*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered HURTGEN FOREST
*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered HAMICH, GERMANY
*Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered AL ANBAR PROVINCE
*Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2006–2009
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War I, Streamer embroidered AISNE-MARNE
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War I, Streamer embroidered MEUSE-ARGONNE
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered KASSERINE
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
*French Medaille Militaire, Fourragere
Belgian Fourragere 1940
Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at Mons
Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at Eupen-Malmedy
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1965–1968
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1965–1970
B Co has also been awarded
*Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ SEP 2006-AUG 2007
* Denotes authorization to be worn on Class A uniform
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia16 Inf Regt DUI.gif
 
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16th Infantry Regiment
16 INF COA.gif
Coat of arms
Active3 May 1861 to present
CountryUSA
BranchArmy
TypeInfantry
Size2 active battalions
Garrison/HQFort Riley, Kansas
NicknameSemper Paratus (special designation)[1]
"New York's Own"
1st Bn: Iron Rangers
2nd Bn: Rangers
March"Sidewalks of New York"
EngagementsAmerican Civil War
*Manassas
*Antietam
*Fredericksburg
*Gettysburg
*Spotsylvania
*Cold Harbor
*Wilderness
*Petersburg
Indian Wars
Spanish-American War
*San Juan Hill
Philippine–American War
World War I
*Meuse-Argonne
World War II
*Battle of Kasserine Pass
*Sicily
*Normandy
*Operation Cobra
Kosovo Campaign
Iraq Campaign
Decorations*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered MATEUR, TUNISIA
*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered SICILY
*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered HURTGEN FOREST
*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered HAMICH, GERMANY
*Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered AL ANBAR PROVINCE
*Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2006–2009
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War I, Streamer embroidered AISNE-MARNE
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War I, Streamer embroidered MEUSE-ARGONNE
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered KASSERINE
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
*French Medaille Militaire, Fourragere
Belgian Fourragere 1940
Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at Mons
Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at Eupen-Malmedy
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1965–1968
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1965–1970
B Co has also been awarded
*Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ SEP 2006-AUG 2007
* Denotes authorization to be worn on Class A uniform
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia16 Inf Regt DUI.gif
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The 16th Infantry Regiment ("Semper Paratus"[1]) is a regiment in the United States Army.

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History

Formation

The 34th Infantry Regiment and 11th Infantry Regiment consolidated into the 16th Infantry Regiment on 3 March 1869. The 11th Infantry's history prior to the consolidation is normally included with the 16th's.

U.S. Civil War

The regiment took part in some of the hardest-fought battles of the war, including Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Wilderness, and Petersburg. They took significant losses during Gettysburg from a position between the Wheatfield and Devil's Den. Two battalions took part in the battle of Stones River under Maj. Adam J. Slemmer.

Following the Civil War the 16th took part in the reconstruction of the south and then performed duty on the frontier-the Indian Wars.

Spanish-American War

The 16th participated in the capture of San Juan Hill with the V Corps. The 16th later fought in the Philippine–American War. It fought 27 engagements with the greater part of its activities concentrated against the rebels in the Cagayan Valley.

Pancho Villa Expedition

World War I

The 16th was one of 4 original regiments to form the 1st Expeditionary Division, later known as the 1st Infantry Division. Throughout WWI the 16th participated in every major 1st Division campaign. It was the first regiment to take combat casualties and engage German forces during the war.

On 4 July 1917, the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, paraded through Paris. At Lafayette's tomb, one of General John J. Pershing's staff Lt. Col. Charles Stanton uttered the famous words, "Lafayette, we are here!"

On 4 October 1918, near Fleville, France, the 16th was the only Allied unit to take its objective during the opening drive of the Meuse-Argonne Campaign. 4 October is still celebrated as the 16th Infantry organizational day. The coat of arms pattern from Fleville was later included in the 16th's regimental crest.

The 16th twice earned the Croix de Guerre, France's highest military honor, for actions at Soissons and Fleville. Today 16th Infantry soldiers wear the fourragère on their uniform.

In September 1919, the Regiment returned to the United States and posted at Camp now Fort Dix, New Jersey. In 1920 the regiment was posted at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York and would remain the U.S. Army's "show" regiment for New York City. Mayor La Guardia named the 16th "New York's own" and the "Sidewalks of New York" became the regimental song. The regiment would remain at Fort Jay until February 1941 when reassigned to Fort Devens, Massachusetts and later Camp Blanding, Florida for combat training prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

World War II

At Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 1944
In Hurtgen Forest, February 1945
Crossing Weser river in April 1945.

As at the onset of World War II, the 16th Regiment was one of the first mobilized for overseas duty. Still part of the 1st Infantry Division, would take part in the landings in North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy. The US 16th Infantry Regiment's 1,700 soldiers were the first American infantry to land on the beaches of North Africa during Operation Torch. Fox Company, 2nd Battalion of the 16th Infantry was the first unit in the 1st Division to take part in an offensive operation when Fox Company supported by Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, and George Company, 3rd Battalion supported by tanks from 1st Armored assaulted the Le Senia Airfield just south of Oran, Algeria. The 400 Americans killed 270 German soldiers and captured 700 of them without loss. During the Battle of Kasserine Pass the 16th Infantry counter-attacked a line that had been left open by retreating units of the 26th Infantry Regiment. During Operation Husky (Invasion of Sicily) the 16th was the first American unit to land with heavy losses on the beach during the Amphibious Battle of Gela. On 15 July, elements of the 16th Infantry raced north to rescue units of the 82nd Airborne Division near Piano Lupo and engaged the Herman Goring Panzer Division resulting in heavy German losses. The regiment then moved north taking several key cities and towns before taking part in the battle of Troina. Following Sicily, the 16th Infantry took part in the invasion of Europe when they landed at Omaha beach. With the rest of the 1st Infantry Division the 16th Infantry Regiment fought its way across Europe, ending the war in Czechoslovakia.

Vietnam

The 16th Infantry Regiment served in the Vietnam War with the rest of the division from 1965 to 1970.

Gulf War

Desert Storm On 2 Aug. 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. This act precipitated U.S. military involvement in the Persian Gulf. The 5th Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment was put on alert for deployment on 8 November 1990.

At 2:00 am,January 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm commenced with air raids and artillery barrages on Iraqi targets. The Regiment continued to rehearse its mission to penetrate Iraqi defenses and destroy the Republican Guard in its zone.

On the morning of 24 Feb. 1991, under Maj. Gen. Thomas G. Rhame, the Big Red One spearheaded the armored attack into Iraq, by creating the all-important breach in Iraqi defenses that enabled VII Corps units to smash into Iraq. The division broke through the enemy defensive lines, decimated the Iraqi 26th Inf. Div. by and took over 2,500 prisoners. After the breachhead was secured, the British 1st Armored Division was allowed to advance and pass through the Big Red One. This kept up the momentum of the coalition force's attack. 5th Battalion, 16th Infantry along with 2nd Battalion 34th Armor as part of the First Infantry Division then followed and drove to the east deep into enemy territory.

Continuing its attack, the regiment collided with the Tawalakana Division Republican Guard and the 37th Brigade of the 12th Iraqi Tank Division. On the night of 26 February 1991, the division battled with enemy forces and destroyed both units. Enemy losses included more than 40 tanks and 40 infantry fighting vehicles. The division exploited its success and continued its pursuit of the demoralized Iraqi forces.

Following the Battle of Norfolk, 5th Battalion, 16th Infantry raced ahead to cut of the Iraqi lines off retreat from Kuwait City. Division elements destroyed scores of enemy vehicles and took thousands of prisoners as they advanced.

By 8 pm, 27 Feb., the 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry had seized the main highway leading north out of Kuwait, barring the Iraqis' escape. By the next morning, the rest of the division had taken up positions along the highway and fully secured it.

At 8 am, 28 Feb. 1991, the war was over when a cease-fire was called. On 3 Mar. 1991, negotiations were held between coalition forces and Iraqi leaders to cement the cease-fire agreements. The 5th Battalion 16 Infantry with the 1st Infantry Division secured the site of the agreements at Safwan airfield. Following this, the division prepared for its return to the United States. On 10 May 1991, the Division unfurled its colors at Fort Riley, Kan., signifying its return home.

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1st Battalion deployed to Bosnia in August 1999 through March 2000 along with supporting elements Fort Riley for peacekeeping operations. They were assigned under the 10th Mountain Division as part of SFOR 6. They were assigned primarily to Camp Dobol but also had elements assigned to Camp McGovern, Camp Demi and Camp Comanche.

Operation cockroach

In August 2003 the 1–16th Infantry deployed to Fallujah and Ramadi, Iraq and returned to Ft. Riley, Kansas in October 2004. While in Iraq the battalion was attached to 82nd Airborne and then 1st Marine Expeditionary Unit. They fought in many skirmishes most notably the battle of Ramadi on 6 April 2004 with the First MEU in order to establish peace in the city. In 2006 1st Bn was split into 3 deployed companies and 6 training companies. A Company served in Africa while B Company and C Company served in Iraq respectively. D Company, I Company, K Company, L Company, M Company, N Company all took up the Army's newest and most important mission training and deploying MiTTs. In 2008 K Company became HHC while D Company became B Company and M Company became C Company (Bandido Charlie). During fiscal year 2009 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry will begin its transformation back to a regular unit and begin training to be deployed in the future.

16th Infantry Regiment soldiers in Baghdad in March 2007

The 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment was stood up in 2005 under the new expeditionary brigade doctrine as part of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. It was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich. In February 2007, 2nd Battalion deployed to eastern Baghdad as part of the Iraq Surge. They were attached to 2d Brigade 2d ID and later 4th Brigade 10th MTN. They were sent to pacify four of the most violent neighborhoods in Baghdad, controlled by Al-Qaeda and the Jayessh Al-Mahdi. They assisted in the creation of literacy programs, refurbishment of schools and the installation of sewage systems, suppressing the insurgent threat using an experimental platform based on small teams and unconventional tactics. Ultimately, their section of Baghdad would become the quietest sector in the city, but that was not achieved cheaply. 2nd Battalion suffered 14 killed in action and many more wounded, and the horrors of war would lead to many suicides and military separations post-deployment. The 2nd Battalion was also featured in the US Army's new recruiting campaign "Army Strong". At the time of filming 2–16 IN was the only active infantry battalion to not deploy in support of the Global war on Terror.

The 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment deployed back to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11 on 1 September 2009 under the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. It replaced the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment in Bayji, Iraq in an advise & assist role, supporting the 4th Iraqi Infantry Division as well as the local governments in its area of operations. The battalion redeployed to Fort Riley, Kansas in late April – early May 2010 with the exception of Alpha Company, which remained until August.

Operation Enduring Freedom

Notable members

Medals of Honor

The following were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions while serving in the 16th

NameLocationDate
CPT James M. CuttsThe Wilderness, Spotsylvania, PetersburgMay–Oct 1864
1LT John H. PattersonThe Wilderness5 May 1864
SGT Henry F. SchroederCarig, Philippine Islands14 Sep 1900
1LT Jimmie W. MonteithColleville-sur-Mer, France6 June 1944
Tech5 John J. Pinder, Jr.Colleville-sur-Mer, France6 June 1944
TSGT Jake W. LindseyHamich, Germany16 Nov 1944
PVT Robert T. HenryLuchem, Germany3 Dec 1944
SGT James W. Robinson, Jr.Near Courtenay Plantation, Viet Nam11 Apr 1966
PSGT Matthew LeonardSoui Da, Viet Nam28 Feb 1968

In popular culture

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

External links

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