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337th INFANTRY REGIMENT (85th INFANTRY DIVISION)


Constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as the 337th Infantry, a component of the 169th Infantry Brigade and assigned to the 85th Division. Organized 30 August 1917 at Camp Custer, Michigan. Arrived at Camp Mills, New York in July 1918 and departed the Hoboken Port of Embarkation the same month. The lst Battalion arrived in Le Harve, France on 12 August 1918 and the 2d and 3d Battalions on 8 August 1918. The entire Regiment moved to Sancerre (Char) on 14 August and remained there in training until 2 September 1918. On 4 September it moved to Cosne (Nievre) where it continued training until the Armistice. The 337th Infantry is therefore entitled to service in France from 8 August to 11 November 1918, which would be shown by a streamer in the in the colors of the Victory Ribbon without inscription since the unit did not participate in combat. Returned to the United States and stationed at Camp Upton, New York, April 1919. Transferred to and demobilized 23 April 1919 at Camp Custer, Michigan. Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves and assigned to the 85th Division. Organzied during December 1921 with Headquarters at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ordered into active military service, less personnel, and organized 15 May 1942 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Moved to the Louisiana Maneuver Area 8 April 1943 and to Camp Young, California 13 June 1943. Arrived at Fort Dix, New Jersey, 12 October 1943 and staged at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia 20 December 1943 until departed the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation 24 December 1943. Landed in North Africa on 12January 1944 and arrived in Italy 27 March 1944. The unit was at Fagianeria, Italy at the end of World War II (15 August 1945 location). Returned to the United States via the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation on 25 August 1945 and disbanded the same date. Reconstituted 6 November 1946 in the Organized Reserves and assigned to the 85th Infantry Division. Activated 31 January 1947 with Headquarters at Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Organized Reserves redesignated Organized Reserve Corps 25 March 1948.) Headquarters relocated to Chicago, Illinois 31 December 1949. (Organized Reserve Corps redesignated Army Reserve 9 July 1952.) Headquartrers relocated to Waukegan, Illinois 1 August 1955. Relieved from the 85th Infantry Division 1 June 1959 and redesignated s the 337th Regiment (Basic Combat Training). CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDITS: World War I: Streamer without inscription. World War II: Rome-Arno North Apennines Po Valley DECORATIONS: Presidential Unit Citation (Army) Streamer embroidered TREMENSUOLI (Company D, 337th Infantry cited per WD GO 81, 1944) Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered MT. MONZANO (Company F, 337th Infantry cited per WD GO 10, 1945) COAT OF ARMS: SHIELD: Azure, billette or, a wolverine sejant guardant erect argent. CREST: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors or and azure, the Lexington Minute Man proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H. H. Kitson, sculptor) stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts. MOTTO: Vis et Virtus (Strength and Courage) SYMBOLISM: The shield is blue for Infantry. The gold billets are taken from the arms of Nevers in the Department of Nievre, Cosne, the first station of the regiment while it was in France in World War I. The wolverine represents Michigan, the home of the regiment after World War I. DISTINCTIVE INSIGNIA: The distinctive insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms. The sample was approved for wear 1 June 1931. 1SG Charles W. Aresta, The Hawaiian Military Insignia Collectors and Study Group; 1813 Sereno Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-2318 (e-mail: ra1sgt@aol.com) Ph or fax: 808-537-2753.



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