Fourteenth Infantry Regiment:  1776 - 1966


"I'll try, Sir!" by H. Charles McBarron
 Courtesy of the Army Art Collection, U.S. Army Center of Military History

At the foot of the wall surrounding Peking, when two companies of the U.S. Army's 14th Infantry Regiment were pinned by heavy fire from the east wall of the Tartar City and the Fox Tower between abutments of the Chinese City Wall near Tung Pien Gate, volunteers were called for to attempt the first, perilous ascent of the wall.  Trumpeter Calvin P. Titus of E Company immediately stepped forward saying, "I'll try, sir!"  Using jagged  holes in the stone wall, he succeeded in reaching the top.  He was followed by the rest of his company who climbed, unarmed, and hauled up their rifles and ammunition belts by a rope made of rifle slings.  As the troops ascended the wall, artillery fire from Reilly's battery set fire to the Fox Tower.  In the face of continued heavy Chinese fire, the colors broke out in the August breeze as the sign that U. S. Army troops had achieved a major step in the relief of the besieged Legations.

Lineage and Honors of the 14th Infantry Regiment

Epochs: The Fourteenth Infantry Regiment

1775-1799 Revolutionary War
1812-1815 The War of 1812
1846-1848 War with Mexico
1861-1866 The Civil War
1866-1890 American Frontier
1888-1900 The War with Spain and the Philippine Insurrection
1900-1901 American Relief Expedition to China
1901-1919 World War I Era
1920-1940 The Panama Canal
1941-1946 World War II
1949-1953 Korea
1954-1966 Peacetime: Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Post-1965 In 1966 the Regiment was deployed to Vietnam, with 1st Battalion soon attached to the 4th Infantry Division, and the 2nd Battalion remaining with the 25th Infantry Division.  After the war the 1st Battalion returned to the 25th Division and to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.  The 2nd Battalion was de-activated in 1970, and then reactivated in 1980 at Fort Benning where it spent three years training in a variety of new skills, and was then transferred to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York.  The two have not reunited since.  History for the post-1965 years can be found within the web site of each battalion.
  1st Battalion web site
  2nd Battalion web site

General History

1933 72nd Organization Day Program:  General History
  A General History of the 14th Infantry Regiment (from 25th IDA web site)
1 Jul 1965 104th Organization Day:  General History
  Thomas M. Anderson: First U.S. General Overseas
Gauld, Charles A. (1973). Thomas M. Anderson: First U.S. General Overseas (Vol. XIV) Fort Vancouver Historical Society. Camas, Washington: Camas-Washougal Post-Record


  Stones:  Where Dragons Lay
  Veterans of the 14th Infantry who rose to become Generals
  The Dragon's Song
  Select Bibliography of 14th Infantry Regiment history
  Schofield Barracks:  The Golden Dragon Statue
  Schofield Barracks:  Mystery behind the Golden Dragon Statue
  Bookshelf:  Recent books about the 14th Infantry Regiment
  3rd Infantry Brigade Task Force - Unit History


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