84th Organization Day: August 14, 1945
84th Organization Day Program
On the Colors of the Fourteenth Infantry
: Wyoming 1874, Little Big Horn, Arizona, Bannocks.
CIVIL WAR: Peninsular, Manassas, Antietam, Virginia 1862/1863, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg.
Coat of Arms
Fourteenth U. S. Infantry
When the Union Troops were being formed for a grand review at the close of the Civil War, General Meade, commanding the Army of the Potomac, was asked where the Fourteenth Infantry should be placed. "Take the right of the line," he said. "The Fourteenth has always been to the front in battle and deserves the honor." The Maltese Cross was the emblem of the 5th Army Corps, to which the 14th belonged in the Civil War; the arrows signify service in the Indian War, the castle and palm tree are emblematic of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, and the dragon of the Boxer-Rebellion in China, when the colors of the 14th Infantry were the first foreign flag planted on the great wall of Peking. Additional designs will be placed on the Coat of Arms to signify the part played by the Regiment as it fought through the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns of World War II.
History of the Fourteenth U. S. Infantry
One hundred and forty-seven years’ service with the Armies of
the United States marked by gallantry in action and traditional faithfulness
in its country’s cause through the course of its history has established the
Fourteenth as one of the finest old regiments in the United States Infantry
and has presented present day members with an enviable esprit-de-corps.
A long and impressive battle-stained history tells the heroic story of the men who carried the Fourteenth’s colors through the War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection, Boxer Rebellion in China, and two battles of World War II.
The numerical designation "Fourteenth Infantry" has been borne by four regiments of Infantry in the regular service of the United States. Three of these organizations played a leading role in the defense of the nation during emergency years. In 1798 the first of these regiments was organized but was disbanded in 1800 when a wave of anti-militarism swept the country.
Smarting under England’s contempt and the impressment of our seamen, Congress, following the leadership of peace-loving President Madison, at last declared war in the spring of 1812. Reborn, the Fourteenth this time took an active part in the field, participating in the engagements of Fort Niagara, Lundy’s Lane, Frenchman’s Creek, Fort George, Beaver Dams, Chrystler’s Farm, De Cole’s Mills, Chippewa, and Cook’s Mills. The war over, an early return to former policies relegated the regiment to the inactive list, and for a second time, the now bloodstained colors of the regiment were laid away.
In the Mexican War (1847-1848), a twice resurrected Fourteenth was with Scott’s gallant column which marched and fought its way into the heart of Mexico. In this historic march the regiment saw action at Contreras, Churubusco, Molino del Rey, Chapultepec, and the San Cosmo Gate of Mexico City. Seven of the officers were brevetted for bravery in these battles. This was, however, to be but a brief span of life, for after little more than a year’s glorious service, the Fourteenth was mustered out and rendered inactive.
The birth of the present Fourteenth U. S. Infantry dates from the Civil War. Scarcely had gallant Major Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter when President Lincoln on May 4, 1861, ordered the increase of the Regular Army by twenty-five infantry regiments. The President’s action was confirmed by Congress in special session, and the actual organization of the Fourteenth Infantry commenced about August 5, 1861, at Fort Trumbull, Connecticut.
About a year later the regiment joined the historic Army of the Potomac. Blue and gray battle ribbons floating from the peak of the regimental colors give mute testimony to valorous service in the inferno of the Civil War from that date until Lee surrendered his ragged, half-starved Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox in 1865. Written in letters of gold on these ribbons will be found the names of the greatest battles of the Civil War—Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. In these battles the Fourteenth exhibited a dash and courage not surpassed in the annals of our wars.
1st Bn, 14th Inf Officers - 14 Aug 45
A record of 84-consecutive years of "Right-of-the-Line" service culminated by the past months of success in combat will thus be observed today in the heart of the enemy’s homeland. Members of the Regiment will hold a great sense of pride in their organization today as ceremonies are heightened by gratitude for those members of the Fourteenth who sleep in Mexico and on the now peaceful battlefields of the Civil War, in the western lands which were once the country’s frontier, in the far-away Philippines, in China, and now, these few short weeks ago, those who sleep on the freshly battle-scarred wastes of Europe.
Down in Panama there’s a dragon’s claw,— And there’s none who dares molest It.
It’s the regiment that
And it can’t be beat by the tropic heat, So throughout the hemispheres
As you march along, shout the fighting song— Of the Fourteenth Jungleers.
We will shed no tears for the Jungleers,— We’re the outfit that can take It.
There’s no gorge so deep,—there’s no hill so steep, That the Fourteenth cannot make it;
So we’ll sling our packs high upon our backs, In the Fourteenth Jungleers.
When we hit the trail we will never fail With the Fourteenth Jungleers.
In our dragon clan men have led the van,— And have traveled west in battle.
From the Arctic haze—to the jungle maze,— They have heard their gun’s last rattle.
So we’ll drink a toast to our hero host, Of the Fourteenth Jungleers:
Then we’ll march along to the fighting song Of the Fourteenth Jungleers.
Cross Atlantic’s foam, far away from home, Here’s our grand and gallant story:
We’ve fought deadly sin, and we’ve fought to win; We have smashed our way to glory.
From the bloody Rhine to the Russian line, We have crushed the Hun, don’t fear;
And all the Nazi might couldn’t stand the fight Of the
84th Organization Day: August 14, 1945
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