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Lineage and Honors Information as of 2 September 2011

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3d INFANTRY REGIMENT
(THE OLD GUARD)

 

            Constituted 3 June 1784 in the Regular Army as the First American Regiment to consist of companies from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

            Organized August-September 1784 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (New York and Connecticut companies organized in 1785)

            Redesignated 29 September 1789 as the Regiment of Infantry

            Redesignated 3 March 1791 as the 1st Infantry

            Redesignated in 1792 as the Infantry of the 1st Sub-Legion

            Redesignated 31 October 1796 as the 1st Infantry

            Consolidated May-October 1815 with the 5th Infantry (constituted 12 April 1808), the 17th Infantry (constituted 11 January 1812), the 19th Infantry (constituted 26 June 1812), and the 28th Infantry (constituted 29 January 1813) to form the 3d Infantry

            Consolidated August-December 1869 with part of the 37th Infantry (see ANNEX) and consolidated unit designated as the 3d Infantry

            (2d and 3d Battalions inactivated 18 November 1921 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota; activated 8 June 1922 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota)

            Assigned 24 March 1923 to the 7th Division
               
            Relieved 15 August 1927 from assignment to the 7th Division and assigned to the 6th Division

            Relieved 1 October 1933 from assignment to the 6th Division and assigned to the 7th Division

            Relieved 16 October 1939 from assignment to the 7th Division and assigned to the 6th Division

            Relieved 10 May 1941 from assignment to the 6th Division

            (1st Battalion inactivated 1 June 1941 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; activated 14 February 1942 in Newfoundland)

            (2d Battalion [less Headquarters and Headquarters Company] inactivated 1 September 1942 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota [Headquarters and Headquarters Company concurrently inactivated in Greenland]; battalion activated 22 October 1943 at Camp Butner, North Carolina)

            Inactivated 20 November 1946 in Germany

            Regiment (less 2d Battalion) activated 6 April 1948 at Fort Myer, Virginia (2d Battalion concurrently activated at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.)

            Reorganized 1 July 1957 as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System

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

            Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 3d Infantry Regiment

 

ANNEX

            Constituted 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as the 3d Battalion, 19th Infantry

            Organized May 1865-September 1866 at Fort Wayne, Michigan; Newport Barracks, Kentucky; and Fort Columbus, New York

            Reorganized and redesignated 23 November 1866 as the 37th Infantry

            Part of the 37th Infantry consolidated August-December 1869 with the 3d Infantry and consolidated unit designated as the 3d 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)

 

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT


War of 1812
Canada
Chippewa
Lundy’s Lane

Mexican War
Palo Alto
Resaca de la Palma
Monterey
Vera Cruz
Cerro Gordo
Contreras
Churubusco
Chapultepec

Civil War
Bull Run
Peninsula
Manassas
Antietam
Fredericksburg
Chancellorsville
Gettysburg
Appomattox
Texas 1861
Florida 1861
Florida 1862
Virginia 1863

Indian Wars
Miami
Seminoles
Comanches
New Mexico 1856
New Mexico 1857
New Mexico 1858
New Mexico 1860
Montana 1887

War with Spain
Santiago

Philippine Insurrection
Malolos
San Isidro
Luzon 1899
Luzon 1900
Jolo 1911

World War II
American Theater,
      Streamer without inscription
Northern France

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
Consolidation I

War on Terrorism
Campaigns to be determined


DECORATIONS

            Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered SAIGON - LONG BINH

            Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered KARBALA AND AN NAJAF, IRAQ

            Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered WASHINGTON, D.C., 1969-1973

            Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2003-2004

            Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2006-2007

            Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2009-2010

            Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1984-1985

            Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1993

            Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2002-2003

            Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2004-2005

 

  BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY: 

 

ROBERT J. DALESSANDRO
Director, Center of Military History


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