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Lineage and Honors Information as of 25 August 2016

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  • Withdrawn 16 January 1986 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System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‚Äôs 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
  • Iraq:
  • Iraqi Sovereignty
  • (Additional campaigns to be determined)

Decorations

  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered SAIGON - LONG BINH (earned by 2d Battalion)
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered KARBALA AND AN NAJAF, IRAQ (earned by 2d Battalion)
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered WASHINGTON, D.C., 1969-1973 (earned by 1st 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 1984-1985 (earned by 1st 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)

By Order of the Secretary of the Army:

CHARLES R. BOWERY, JR.
Chief of Military History


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