47th Infantry Regiment (United States)

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47th Infantry Regiment
47 Inf Regt CoA.jpg
Active 1917 – present
Country  United States
Branch Army
Type Infantry basic training
Size Regiment
Garrison/HQ Fort Benning, GA
Nickname "Raiders"[1]
Motto Ex Virtute Honos (Honor Comes From Virtue)
Engagements World War I
World War II
Vietnam War
Commanders
Current
commander
2nd Bn - LTC Kyle Feger [2]
3rd Bn - LTC John Lightner[3]
Notable
commanders
Alexander Patch[citation needed]
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia 47 Inf Regt DUI.jpg
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The 47th Infantry Regiment is an infantry regiment of the United States Army since 1917. Having seen combat in multiple conflicts, it is now assigned to the 192nd Infantry Brigade training new soldiers.

Present day[edit]

The only active units of the 47th Infantry Regiment are the 2d and 3d Battalions, stationed at Sand Hill, Fort Benning. Both are TRADOC units used for Basic Combat Training, each capable of training 1,200 soldiers per cycle.

On 8 April 2013 an inactivation ceremony was held for the 3d Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, resulting in a reduction of 44 soldier and 27 civilian positions.[4]

Depiction in popular media[edit]

Forrest Gump is shown to be a member of the regiment, wearing the regiment's distinctive unit insignia on his Class A Dress Green Uniform. In the film he is cast as a member of the 4th Platoon, Company A, 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry, then a unit of the 9th Infantry Division in Viet Nam.[5]

History[edit]

Constituted 15 May 1917 in the Regular Army as the 47th Infantry

Organized 1 June 1917 at Syracuse, New York

Lineage for the 47th Infantry Regiment

Assigned 19 November 1917 to the 4th Division

Inactivated 22 September 1921 at Camp Lewis, Washington

Relieved 15 August 1927 from assignment to the 4th Division and assigned to the 7th Division

Relieved 1 October 1933 from assignment to the 7th Division

Assigned 1 August 1940 to the 9th Division (later redesignated as the 9th Infantry Division)

Activated 10 August 1940 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Inactivated 31 December 1946 in Germany

Activated 15 July 1947 at Fort Dix, New Jersey

Relieved 1 December 1957 from assignment to the 9th Infantry Division and reorganized as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System

Redesignated 1 February 1966 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Inactivated 25 September 1969 in Hawaii.

Withdrawn 16 June 1986 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System

Activated 21 April 1972 at Fort Lewis, Washington. [6]

Transferred 15 April 1996 to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command[7]

Honors[edit]

Campaign participation credit

World War I: Aisne-Marne; St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Champagne 1918; Lorraine 1918

World War II: Algeria-French Morocco (with arrowhead); Tunisia; Sicily; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe

Vietnam: Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase VII

Decorations[edit]

  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for CHERBOURG
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for HAGUE PENINSULA
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for ROETGEN, GERMANY
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for NOTHBERG, GERMANY
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for FREUZENBERG CASTLE
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for REMAGEN, GERMANY
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for OBERKIRCHEN, GERMANY
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for MEKONG Delta
  • Valorous Unit Award for LONG BINH - BIEN HOA
  • Valorous Unit Award for Saigon
  • Valorous Unit Award for FISH HOOK
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1968
  • French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II for CHERBOURG
  • Belgian Fourragere 1940
    • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at the MEUSE RIVER
    • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the ARDENNES

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army Center of Military History document "47th Infantry Lineage and Honors".

  1. ^ "3-47th Infantry Regiment". GlobalSecurity.org. 2005-05-23. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Adrienne (2011-05-10). "Panthers battalion changes command". The Bayonet. Retrieved December 23, 2011. "Lt. Col. Kyle Feger assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment from Lt. Col. Wayne Brewster during a change of command ceremony May 3 at Pomeroy Field." 
  3. ^ Walsh, Mick (2007-04-11). "Benning student wins poster contest: Sixth-grader top winner in national competition.". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fort Benning to deactivate basic training unit". Army Times (Gannett Government Media). Associated Press. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ http://unitpages.military.com/unitpages/history.do?ck_unit=113078&id=745863&historyId=801386
  7. ^ "3rd Battalion 47th Infantry Regiment". Fort Benning. United States Army. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Roberts, Donald R. ; edited by Heather R. Biola (2008). The other war, a World War II journal. Elkins, W.V.: McClain Printing Co. ISBN 978-0-87012-775-5.  Biography of a WWII surgeon of the 47th Infantry

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