47th Infantry Regiment (United States)

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47th Infantry Regiment
47 Inf Regt CoA.jpg
Active 1917 – present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Army
Type Infantry basic training
Size Regiment
Garrison/HQ Fort Benning, GA
Nickname(s) "Panthers"
Motto(s) Ex Virtute Honos (Honor Comes From Virtue)
Engagements World War I
World War II
Vietnam War
Commanders
Current
commander
2nd Bn - LTC Duane M. Patin
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 194th Armor Brigade training new soldiers.

Present day[edit]

The only active unit of the 47th Infantry Regiment is the 2nd Battalion, stationed at Sand Hill, Fort Benning. The Battalion falls under the 194th Armored Brigade, and MCoE TRADOC, the unit used for Basic Combat Training, capable of training 1,200 soldiers per cycle.

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, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry, then a unit of the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam.[1]

History[edit]

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

Organized 1 June 1917 at Syracuse, New York

(47th Infantry assigned 19 November 1917 to the 4th Division)

Inactivated 22 September 1921 at Camp Lewis, Washington

(47th Infantry 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

Inactivated 1 December 1957 at Fort Carson, Colorado, and relieved from assignment to the 9th Infantry Division; concurrently redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battle Group, 47th Infantry

Withdrawn 10 April 1959 from the Regular Army, allotted to the Army Reserve, and assigned to the 81st Infantry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted)

Battle Group activated 1 May 1959 with Headquarters at Atlanta, Georgia

Inactivated 1 April 1963 at Atlanta, Georgia, and relieved from assignment to the 81st Infantry Division

Redesignated 1 February 1966 as the 3d Battalion, 47th Infantry; concurrently withdrawn from the Army Reserve, allotted to the Regular Army, assigned to the 9th Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Riley, Kansas

Inactivated 1 August 1969 at Fort Riley, Kansas

Activated 21 March 1973 at Fort Lewis, Washington

Relieved 16 February 1991 from assignment to the 9th Infantry Division and assigned to the 199th Infantry Brigade

Inactivated 14 January 1994 at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and relieved from assignment to the 199th Infantry Brigade

Headquarters transferred 2 October 1996 to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and activated at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Inactivated 1 February 1999 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Activated 1 March 1999 at Fort Benning, Georgia

Inactivated 15 December 2003 at Fort Benning, Georgia

Battalion redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 3d Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment

Headquarters activated 27 April 2006 at Fort Benning, Georgia [2]

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 WILHELMSHOHE, GERMANY
  • 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".

Further reading[edit]

  • Roberts, Donald R. (2008). Heather R. Biola, ed. 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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