It was a shit job. This was the first deployment of an element of The Old Guard's 1st Battalion since World War II. I am an airborne ranger Vietnam vet and was recommended to be a ranger instructor by the ranger cadre. http://www.oldguard.org/. The movie is set in 1968 and 1969, attempts to examine the meaning of the Vietnam War entirely through the eyes of the members of the ''Old Guard,'' the stateside-based elite Army unit whose duties include Presidential escorts and military funerals at Arlington. On 15 August 1927 the regiment was reassigned to the 6th Division. Perhaps they could avoid bothering the real combat vets by awarding impressive-looking medals for best flower arrangement, fewest specks of lint during a one-year period, or refraining from setting off a motion-detector-controlled outdoor light for more than 80 minutes while standing outside a White House door in January. On 20 August 1794, along with the most of the Legion's units under the command of Major General Anthony Wayne, the 1st Sub-Legion was engaged at the decisive victory of the Legion over the Miamis at the Battle of Fallen Timbers. I kid you not. The unit also trains for its support role to civil authorities in a wide range of scenarios and for deployments in support of overseas contingency operations. The battles that you fight on the internet do not make you a good soldier, they only serve to show your ignorance on the subjects, of which you pretend to be an expert. The 3rd Battalion was scheduled to activate at Fort Carson as part of the 5th IBCT/4th Infantry Division. If I were president, I would strip the White House and presidential aircraft of all military personnel. A lot of my West Point classmates dodged the Vietnam war, by choosing Germany or another overseas job as their first assignment, and/or by going to long schools like to be a pilot. I just don't know why they would want such an assignment. I actually spent most of my 82nd tour commanding a heavy mortar squad, which is an infantry, not commo, squad. When the battalion was reactivated, it utilized facilities formerly occupied by elements of the 25th infantry Division. I am going to hazard a guess that you are in fact an internet soldier and never did anything worth talking about in the Army, if you were ever in the Army. It is called fragging after the fragmentation grenades that were often used to do it. When I was a company commander, my men were communciations students at the Army Signal School. Special events include the Twilight Tattoo, a weekly performance in the adjacent Washington area on Wednesday evenings from May to July, and the Spirit of America, a historical pageant presented at three national venues in September. In 1795 the Legion was reorganized along more traditional lines and reverted to being called the United States Army. During its preparation for service in South Vietnam, the 4th Battalion was assigned to the 11th Infantry Brigade. Military Police Training. From May 1862 to March 1864 it served with 1st Brigade, 2nd Division of the 5th Corps. On 15 August 1967 the 11th Infantry Brigade adopted the "light Infantry" concept. When the United States declared war on Japan in December 1941 the regiment was stationed at Fort Snelling. Monte Gould is planning to join his son's unit after becoming the oldest-ever graduate of the US Army's Basic Combat Training. But as I say in my review of that book, I see little fiction in it. The regiment's mission is to conduct memorial affairs to honor fallen comrades and ceremonies and special events to represent the U.S. Army, communicating its story to United States citizens and the world. There is nothing worse than a POG pretending that he was ever actually part of infantry unit. He also visually inspected every inch of every cadet with another upperclassman standing next to him with a clipboard writing down infractions. As for going to the bars I would not know, as I took my job seriously, as well as the rest of my company. Shooting with a rifle would also be fragging. The Army has several training base locations including Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina; Fort Knox in Louisville, Kentucky; Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Missouri; and Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.Where you attend is primarily dependent upon the location of your follow-on, Advanced Individual Training (Job Training). It might be useful for meeting single women in a setting where you seem more attractive to them than you would wearing jeans and a polo shirt in a bar full of similarly attired guys. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. The Old Guard gained national attention for the support it provided to the state funeral of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. This training school is held at your state’s Regional Training Institute and takes place on the weekends for 16-18 months, plus two two-week periods. I cannot get more than about five pages into a fiction book before I toss it aside in disgust. MILITARY LIFE December 26, 2020. The eyes of the world are upon you. Many in my class were worried about missing Vietnam. Boasting about such achievements as "shooting expert" shows what a joke you are. The regimental motto is Noli Me Tangere (from Latin: – "Touch Me Not"). You are a joke, and a liar. You were attached to an infantry unit, but you were never infantry. Currently, she is assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and is re-classing to the infantry. You had to be there if you cannot understand my change of heart. The 6th Battalion was activated on 24 November 1967 and assigned to the 6th Infantry Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. , On 3 July 1969 while Company D, 2nd Battalion was patrolling in Long Khanh Province during Operation Toan Thang III it was ambushed by the People's Army of Vietnam 33rd Regiment losing nine killed including Corporal Michael Fleming Folland who smothered an enemy hand grenade with his body, he was later posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.. I am finished waisting time with a "support" soldier (and I use the term "soldier" loosely). Don’t know what a POG is. The most famous White House military servant was Chuck Robb. The Old Guard traces its history to the First American Regiment organized in 1784 under command of Lieutenant Colonel Josiah Harmar, a veteran of the American Revolution. On order, it conducts defense in support of civil authorities in the National Capital Region and deploys elements in support of overseas contingency operations. And here’s another view from another Old Guard. The 3rd Infantry was credited with the American Theater streamer for its defense of Newfoundland. Honor Guard follows U.S. Army soldiers who volunteer for the grueling training required to serve at the 3rd Infantry Regiment, aka The Old Guard, the oldest active infantry regiment in the Army. They have to get their facts straight. The deployed unit is apparently 2/3 Battalion of the Old guard. What It's Like; My Enlistment Timeline; STEM Careers; Special Forces; Become an Officer; Become a Warrant Officer; Explore Specialty Careers; ... Guard … From 1840 to 1843 the 3rd Infantry fought in the Seminole War in Florida. But I probably would have been just as moved if it had been done by an ad hoc military unit created for that one ceremony or by a standard Army unit that happened to be stationed at a real Army base near DC, rather than a full-time, standing ceremonial unit. It served as part of the first deployment of a Stryker brigade combat team in 2003. 1st Class John Taffe might be the oldest person to graduate from basic combat training. On 20 July, the battalion welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Alvin E. Adkins as its new commander. We were wearing a heavy large hat called a shako or tar bucket. My branch, communications, probably had some of the smartest enlisted men because we operated complex electrical equipment. He went slowly from one cadet to the next asking “Where you from, Mister?” and grabbing and slowly inspecting each guy’s rifle. Also, the unit which handles presidential funerals (at least the Army part) is trained at Fort Myer spend no more than the required three years (as per the volunteer contract) at the Old Guard. The deceased was killed in Vietnam after graduation. They could not know for sure they would miss Vietnam when they chose those assignments. As of 1805, six of the regiment's ten companies were in St. Louis, Missouri, with the other four located at Fort Massac, Fort Dearborn, Fort Adams, Mississippi and Fort Wayne in Detroit. The 3rd Battalion departed from New York on 20 January 1941 and was sent to St. Johns, Newfoundland before moving to Fort Pepperrell in the Newfoundland Base Command in November 1941. I volunteered for Vietnam and did a tour there. Where do Old Guard soldiers go after they leave the Old Guard? The coat was heavy wool and buttoned up to a turtle-neck level. -- you won't have to say, "Well, I shoveled chickenshit in the District of Columbia." I am a West Point graduate. It then served in Louisiana and Mississippi from 1874 to 1877 and Montana, Minnesota and South Dakota from 1877 to 1898. Did not want anything to do with it. The regiment arrived in Le Havre, France on 18 March 1945, and was attached to the reconstituted 106th Infantry Division with the mission of containing the isolated German garrison at St. Nazaire. These actions give the regiment campaign credit for the War of 1812. On Mar 8, 2012, at 4:43 PM, Sam Clements wrote: You are spot on about the old guard ( bullshit duty ) I was old guard with a dd214 to prove it and can honestly say its a waste of a good infantryman, Link to information about John T. Reed’s Succeeding book which, in part, relates lessons learned about succeeding in life from being in the military, http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-west-point-usma-cadets-full-dress, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/USMA_Color_Guard_on_Parade.jpg, Lucifer Effect discovered by Stanford Professor Philip Zimbardo. The enlisted men in the infantry are probably still the ones with the lowest IQ scores on the test they take in basic training. Doing it without hiding it as Mellas was about to do is unusual. On 16 March Company B was landed by helicopters near Mỹ Khê, Quảng Ngãi Province and proceeded to kill between 60 and 155 civilians in the My Lai Massacre. This is why the 3rd Infantry is the oldest Infantry unit in the active United States Army rather than the 1st Infantry. When a rifle was used, it was typically during a firefight so it would not be apparent who did it. After the end of the War of 1812 in early 1815, the Army had a total of 44 Infantry regiments which were consolidated into only eight regiments. We felt sorry for our classmate who got stuck there. After Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Army Reserve Soldiers return to their civilian lives and spend one weekend a month and two weeks per year training to keep their skills sharp. , In 2007, 1st Battalion's Delta Company was deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti as part of CJTF-HOA, supporting humanitarian missions and local military training in the region. It then served a 15-month deployment in 2006–2007. By selecting one rifle platoon and personnel from the weapons platoon from each line company, an additional line company, delta, was introduced to the battalion. Early the next morning, the Honor Guard drove to Fort Meyer, Virginia, where they would begin the first day of training with U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard”) . As of 2018, there were three active battalions of the 3rd Infantry Regiment. Speaking of intelligence, I could have had the last Military Intelligence slot in my class. The 1st Battalion is composed of the following units: Stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, the 2nd Battalion, 3rd US Infantry Regiment, serves as one of three infantry battalions of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division ('Indian Head'). Once again, I kid you not. As of 30 November 1819, the regiment was located on the northwestern frontier at Fort Howard in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 2nd Battalion has the following units: From 1966 to 1974, the 4th Battalion was part of the 11th and 198th Infantry Brigades and 23rd Infantry Division in Vietnam. Based at Camp Lemonnier, their missions in the region included force protection to civil affairs and engineer personnel, engaging in joint operations with other US and regional military forces and constant training to stay prepared. As we stood there, we could feel streams of sweat going down our backs between our shoulder blades. Aside from supporting military and state funerals, the 3rd Infantry also assumed the responsibility for providing the guard detail at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and for providing honor guards at the White House for high ranking dignitaries. I never got a rejection letter, harsh or otherwise, from the Old Guard. I scored in the 99th percentile (top 1%) on all standardized tests. File a minimum-wage complaint. It was an inspection. This was followed by devastating losses at St. Clair's Defeat in 1791. I do not recall anyone ever describing me or any other commo platoon leaer as “attached” to our battalion. The Historical Ensemble of the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed music of the 18th century in the Great Hall of the Library ... A Typical Day in Army Basic Training. Nor did I ever want to be. The 5th Battalion was activated on 24 November 1967 and assigned to the 6th Infantry Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Now, there's one thing that you men will be able to say when you get into the real military units those uniforms you wear represent, and you may thank God for it. The problem was the interaction between heat and the human brain. He probably would have been killed and I would have gone to jail but I would have known that absolute justice had been done. After all, they had little old me and similar cadets handle the West Point funeral I described above. Only a bunch of tight-ass, garrison sycophants would worry about such nonsense. Second, I appreciate the feelings of the families who are helped to bury their dead by the Old Guard. On 22 April 1939 the regiment conducted a review for Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Ingrid of Denmark. US Army Special Forces – "FIGHT TILL THE END" || Military Motivation. Army Reserve Soldiers receive the same training as active-duty Soldiers. Constituted 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as the 3rd Battalion, Reorganized and redesignated 23 November 1866 as the, One-half of the 37th Infantry consolidated August–December 1869 with the 3rd Infantry and consolidated unit designated as the 3rd Infantry (remaining half of the 37th Infantry consolidated in June 1869 with the 5th Infantry and consolidated unit designated as the 5th Infantry—hereafter separate lineage). In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the al Qaeda war machine, the elimination of Taliban tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Afghanistan, and security for ourselves in a free world. Mr. Obama, tear down this wall of human objets d’art. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army -- the Old Guard -- started in 1784. If, somehow, I had been assigned to the Old Guard, I would have asked to be transferred to a different kind of unit. After I spent several days at the home of the parents of an Ivy League girl I dated while at West Point, and sent her mom flowers in appreciation, she asked me if West Point was a finishing school. Upon arrival the 2nd and 3rd Battalions were inactivated on 18 November 1921 and the 1st Battalion assumed garrison duties. We had to do a slightly less professional version of it at West Point hundreds of times. Digging foxholes and shooting rifles is not rocket science. The occasion was a VIP fire power demonstration we rehearsed for months in the summer of 1969. It deployed to Iraq again in 2009 and Afghanistan in 2011. On 16 October 1939 it was relieved from assignment to the 7th Division and assigned to the 6th Division at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I am aware there are combat vets in the Old Guard. Second, I appreciate the feelings of the families who are helped to bury their dead by the Old Guard. I have heard that infantry is more fashionable at West Point now. Here is an email I got from God knows who, along with my response. Hell of a penalty for not studying harder. In November 1940 the 1st Battalion was relocated to Fort Crook, Nebraska. Circular Showing the Distribution of Troops of the Line of the United States Army. I can tell you that the vast majority of the soldiers at the Old Guard are there to give families a respectful last memory of their loved ones that died after serving in the Army. Other elements of The Old Guard include the Commander-in-Chief's Guard (Company A), replicating the personal guard of General George Washington; wearing Colonial blue uniforms, powdered wigs, and cocked hats; and bearing Brown Bess muskets and halberds at ceremonies and special events; the US Army Drill Team, which demonstrates its skill and precision around the nation, and Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, which plays traditional arrangements of marching music, dating back to the time of the Continental Army. Among these include the sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, maintaining a twenty-four-hour watch over one of the nation's most sacred sites; the Continental Color Guard, which presents the nation's colors at special events across the Capitol Region; the Presidential Salute Battery, which renders honors to senior dignitaries at arrival and wreath ceremonies, reviews, and full honors funerals; and the US Army Caisson Platoon, which provides horses and riders to pull the caisson (the wagon that bears a casket) in military and state funerals. We were wearing white cotton gloves. In my West Point class, the bottom 70 guys (as determined by grades and other evaluations) were forced into the infantry because too few of my other classmates wanted infantry. This was when the unit assumed the role it is best known for today as the official ceremonial unit of the United States Army. I already said that in my article. He subsequently served in Vietnam, got out, became a lawyer, got elected senator from Virginia, got caught cheating on his wife, and left the Senate and was thus able to spend more time with his family. I would have been okay with assignment to a ranger unit other than ranger school or to a sniper unit, although I was not aware snipers existed as a separate school or unit back then. If the Old Guard is infantry, and I had wanted to go there, I would not have applied because I was not infantry. Every PL that I had in any of my units that was from West Point never earned our respect, and the fact you were never even infantry, makes you an even lower life form. I do NOT respect the decision of soldiers to volunteer for such an outfit. If I have occasion to talk to him again, I’ll be sure to tell him neither he nor any other member of the Long Gray line has not earned the respect of any of the men in the unit—according to Colby. • flawless is the only standard American Theater, Streamer without inscription; Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered KARBALA AND AN NAJAF, IRAQ (earned by 2d Battalion), Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2003-2004 (earned by 2d Battalion), Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2006-2007 (earned by 2d Battalion), Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2009-2010 (earned by 2d Battalion), Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered AFGHANISTAN 2011-2012 (earned by 2d Battalion), Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1993 (earned by 1st Battalion), Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2002-2003 (earned by 2d Battalion), Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2004-2005 (earned by 1st Battalion), Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2011-2013 (earned by 1st and 4th Battalions), This page was last edited on 16 January 2021, at 19:08. And by the way, going around bragging "in" any sort of infantry unit is disgusting. (click on these links to hear the corresponding speeches by President Reagan and Generals Eisenhower and Patton). We were also wearing full-dress gray over white. It stars James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones and D. B. Sweeney. After a 31-year hiatus from service, the 2nd Battalion was reactivated on 15 March 2001 as part of the US Army's first Stryker brigade (inactive) combat team. Actually, the same thing is true of another elite unit I was in: the 82nd Airborne.  This was granted in honor of the 1847 bayonet charge by the regiment during the Battle of Cerro Gordo in the war with Mexico. My impression of it as a professional writer myself is that Marlantes wrote a non-fiction book but changed the names and created composite people and composite events to avoid being sued for libel and to reduce the fact-checking workload and to achieve a more dramatic story flow. Operating first in the dangerous Sunni Triangle area under command of the 4th Infantry Division, the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry relieved troops of the 101st Airborne Division in January 2004 in northern Iraq. It consists of the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and its members are also in other specialty honor battalions and platoons. The major command is the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW). If you pay attention to photos and videos of the goings on around the White House, you will often see a marine or soldier in full dress standing at attention outside doorways or at the bottom of the stairs from a presidential aircraft. We had to do a slightly less professional version of it at West Point hundreds of times. You probably had to be there, but I expect that any of my classmates who were would send me an email saying they were thinking the exact same thing that day. The issue in both my inspetion at West Point and the Matterhorn near murder was the same: a high-ranking military boss treating his subordinates with utter disregard for their welfare as if they were plastic toy soldiers in the hands of a child. , Unique badges awarded to specific members of "The Old Guard", Current organization of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Company, War of 1812 and reorganization of the Army. The regiment was then assigned to duty in the occupation of Germany and was located at Babenhausen. The 205th Infantry Brigade was headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, until its inactivation. There is no question that there were many fragging incidents in Vietnam. • maniacally repetitive training  Rounding out The Old Guard are the 289th Military Police Company, the 947th Military Working Dog Detachment, the 529th Regimental Support Company, two battalion headquarters companies, and the regimental headquarters company. I hope he did not get killed during that two years in the infantry. “Salad fork!? Ridgway would go on to have a highly distinguished 38-year career including assignments as commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, 8th United States Army, United Nations Command Korea, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Chief of Staff of the United States Army. To get into them, we hung from a cross bar, called the “alcove rail,” in our rooms while a roommate held the pants open so we could lower ourselves into them. The 1st Battalion was inactivated 1 June 1941 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, with its soldiers being assigned to the 63rd Infantry and was re-activated 14 February 1942 in Newfoundland. Pay particular attention to page 490 where Lieutenant Hawke stops Lieutenant Mellas at the last second from shooting their battalion commander. Newly appointed guards must complete a two-week training at the start of their assignment. Detachments from the regiment were serving at Fort Pickens in Florida and in Saluria on the Gulf Coast of Texas when the war began in April 1861. In addition to the 70 guys who were forced into the infantry, the rest of my classmates who chose infantry were disproportionately in the bottom of the class. “Attached” generally refers to a temporary ad hoc assignment to a different type of unit for a single specific mission—like an Air Force forward observe who works with aircraft firing at the ground in support of Army troops or an interpretter or scout dog handler attached temporarily for a temporary mission. That may not sound like much, but it is like a Chinese water torture. Late in the war, the regiment staged at Camp Myles Standish, near Taunton, Massachusetts, on 27 February 1945, and departed from Boston bound for France on 8 March 1945. If you think my reaction as I depict it here is exaggerated or nutty, read Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. 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