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Memorable Moments in the History of the 16th Infantry
16th Infantry Regiment LogoGOING TO WAR AND RETURNING HOME

WORLD WAR I - Having sailed from Hoboken, NJ, the 1st Division landed at St. Nazaire, France the end of June 1917. There were four regiments of infantry: 16th, 18th, 26th & 28th. Some two years later, after seven fierce campaigns, followed by occupation duty in the Coblenz area of Germany, last elements of the Division arrived back in Hoboken the first week of September 1919. The Fighting First paraded victoriously in New York City on September IOth and in Washington, DC on September 17th.

WORLDWAR II - On 2 August 1942 the 1st Infantry Division sailed from New York City aboard the Queen Mary for Gourock, Scotland. There were three regiments of infantry: 16th, 18th and 26th. By 9 August these regiments and other Division troops had moved into Tidworth Barracks in southern England. Then, from 8 November 1942 through VE-Day, 8 May 1945, the 16th led three amphibious invasions and fought eight tough campaigns. The Big Red One remained in Germany until July 1955 when the 16th and other Division units rotated back to Fort Riley, Kansas. Kasernes in Schweinfurt, Aschaffenburg and Bamberg were turned over to incoming regiments of the 10th Division.

THE VIETNAM WAR - The 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, assigned to 1st Division's 2nd Brigade, sailed from San Francisco for South Vietnam 25 June 1965. By fall, 1st Battalion, 16th and other Division forces had joined in the fighting. Three brigades commanded nine battalions of infantry: 1-2, 2-2, 1-16, 2-16, 1-18, 2-18, 1-26, 1-28 & 2-28. They fought eleven hard campaigns from 1965 to 1970. Finally, on 3 April 1970 Division colors were furled at Di An, South Vietnam for airlift home. Unfurling those colors at Fort Riley in mid-April signaled the return of the Big Red One and its reorganization as a mechanized infantry division.

No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great, duty first!
1st Bn, 16th Infantry   1st Infantry Division (FORWARD), Boeblingen, FRG
2nd Bn, 16th Infantry   1st Infantry Division (MECH), Fort Riley, KS
3rd Bn, 16th Infantry   187th Infantry Brigade (Sep), Scarborough, ME
4th Bn, 16th Infantry   1st Infantry Division (FORWARD), Goeppingen, FRG
5th Bn, 16th Infantry   1st Infantry Division (MECH), Fort Riley, KS
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