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13th Infantry Regiment 1920-1939
1920 - 1939
The 13th Infantry Regiment was stationed at Camp Merritt, NJ, as of June 1919 as a separate regiment. Following the reorganization of the Army accomplished by the National Defense Act of 1920, the 3 battalions of the 13th Infantry Regiment were assigned to the 9th Division on1 February 1920 and stationed at Camp Devens, MA. Designated as a training center regiment on 27 July 1921 and assigned to the First Corps Area Training Center. Regiment, less the 2d and 3d Bns., transferred 22 October 1921 to Fort Andrews, MA. The 2d and 3d Bns. inactivated 15 December 1921 at Camp Devens. The 2d and 3d Bns. reactivated at Camp Devens on 10 June 1922 when the regiment was relieved of training center duties and reorganized into a combat regiment. Regimental HQ transferred 2 October 1922 to Fort Warren, MA. Battalions concurrently transferred as follows: 1st Bn. to Fort Strong, MA; 2d Bn. to Fort Revere, MA; and 3d Bn. to Fort Andrews, MA. Initial wartime mission in accordance with established war plans was to conduct a mobile defense of possible amphibious landing areas in support of the Harbor Defenses of Boston. Assigned to the 9th Div. on 24 March 1923. Regimental HQ transferred 18 September 1925 to Fort Andrews, MA. Relieved from the 9th Div. on 15 August 1927 and assigned to the 5th Div. The 3d Bn. transferred 30 August 1928 to Fort Ethan Allen, VT. Regimental HQ transferred 22 September 1928 to Fort Adams, RI. The 3d Bn. participated in the inaugural parade of President Herbert Hoover on 4 March 1929. The 1st Bn. inactivated on 31 October 1929 at Fort Strong, MA. Regimental HQ transferred 17 September 1931 to Camp Devens, MA. The 3d Bn. transferred 7 October 1931 to Camp Devens, MA. Relieved from the 5th Div. on 1 October 1933 and assigned to the 9th Div. Regiment sailed with the 18th Inf. Brig. from the port of Boston 21 October 1939 on the U.S.A.T. Hunter Liggett to reinforce the Panama Canal Zone. Arrived 27 October 1939 at Fort Davis, CZ. Inactivated 14 June 1940 at Fort Davis. Relieved from the 9th Div. on 22 June 1940 and assigned to the 8th Div. Activated 14 July 1940 at Camp Jackson, SC. Location 7 December 1941—Fort Jackson, SC. Organization Day: 19 May. Chosen to commemorate the regiment’s participation in the first assault at Vicksburg where it was the first regiment in the Union Army to reach the Confederate works and plant its flag, earning the motto “First at Vicksburg.”
US Army Order of Battle 1919 -1941; Vol. 1. LtC. Steven E. Clay; Combat Studies Institute Press, Ft. Leavenworth, KS (2010); p. 369. http://web.archive.org/web/20101202051611/http://www.cgsc.edu/carl/download/csipubs/Clay/Ord_Battle_Vol1.pdf