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NAME:

Seventh Infantry Division / 7th Division

 

NICKNAME:

“Bayonet”

 

BATTLE HONORS:

 

World War I

Alsace-Lorraine

 

World War II

Attu

Kwajalein

Leyte

Okinawa

 

Korean War

Inchon Landing

Battle of Heartbreak Ridge

Battle of Porkchop Hill

Battle of Old Baldy

 

ACTIVATED:

1917

1940

1985

1999

 

DEACTIVATED:

1923

1971

1994

 

HISTORY:

 

"World War I

 

The U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division was created at Camp Wheeler, Georgia on 6 December 1917 and served in Alsace-Lorraine, France in World War I. The division served as occupation forces in the post-war period and was later deactivated in 1923.

 

 

World War II

 

It was later reactivated 1 July 1940 at Camp Ord, California and was used primarily for construction and training activities during the early part of the war. Redesignated 9 April 1942 as 7th Motorized Division, the division was preparing to deploy to the African Theater of War. However, it was re-designated on 1 January 1943 as 7th Infantry Division and was prepared to fight in the Pacific theater instead of Africa.

 

In 1943 the division was trained in amphibious warfare and later participated in the liberation of the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska. On 31 January 1944 the division landed on islands in the Kwajalein Atoll in conjunction with the 4th Marine Division, and in a week of heavy fighting, wrested them from the Japanese. Elements took part in the capture of Engebi in the Eniwetok Atoll, 18 February 1944. The division then moved to Oahu, T. H., remaining there until mid-September when it sailed to join the assault on the Philippines. On 20 October 1944, the division made an assault landing at Dulag, Leyte, and after heavy fighting secured airstrips at Dulag, San Pablo, and Buri. The troops moved north to take Dagami, 29 October, and then shifted to the west coast of Leyte, 26 November, and attacked north toward Ormoc, securing Valencia, 25 December. An amphibious landing by the 77th Infantry Division effected the capture of Ormoc, 11 December 1944, and the 7th joined in its occupation. Mopping up operations continued until early February 1945. The next D-day for the division was 1 April 1945, when it made an assault landing on Okinawa. It drove from the west to the east coast on the first day and engaged in a savage 51-day battle in the hills of southern Okinawa. The division accepted the surrender of the Japanese Army in South Korea. After the war the division served as an occupation force in Korea and Japan.

 

 

Korean War

 

When troops were pulled back from the Korean peninsula, the 7th Infantry Division was currently stationed in Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War. They were present during the Inchon Landing and were at the Yalu River when the Chinese entered the war. The 7th led the charge to the north, and was one of the first units to reach the Yalu River. Task Force Faith, a regimental sized unit formed from several division elements, was trapped east of the Chosin Reservoir by two Chinese divisions and wiped out in furious fighting. The 7th participated in battles such as Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, Battle of Porkchop Hill, and the Battle of Old Baldy. Between 1953 to 1971, the 7th Infantry Division defended the DMZ. Its main garrison was Camp Casey, South Korea.

 

 

Post Korean War history

 

On 2 April 1971, the division was deactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington. After three years the 7th was reactivated at its former garrison, Fort Ord. The unit did not see any action in Vietnam or during the post war era, but was tasked to keep a close watch on South American developments. On 1 October 1985, the division was re-designated as the first "Light Infantry Division" and the various battalions of the 17th, 31st and 32nd Regiments were replaced by battalions from other regiments. The 7th participated in Operation Golden Pheasant in Honduras in 1988 and Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989.

 

The BRAC Commission of 1991 recommended the closing of Fort Ord. This was primarily done because the cost of living and location was driving up extremely high on the Central California coastline. By 1994, the garrison was closed. However, a few elements of the division (mainly military police companies) participated quelling the 1992 Los Angeles Riots before being deactivated once again in 1994.

 

In 1993 the division moved from Fort Ord to Fort Lewis, Washington. The Pentagon and BRAC Commission did not keep their promise and the entire division was reflagged as other units instead of keeping the 7th Infantry Division (Light) name. The 1st Brigade was reflagged as the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division while the 2nd Brigade was deactivated completely and the 3rd Brigade of the 7th was reflagged as the 1st Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division. Both birgades' are currently active at Fort Lewis today.

 

The 7th Infantry Division (Light) was formally reactivated on 4 June 1999, at Fort Carson, Colorado, as the first Active Component/Reserve Component division. The current reserve units that make up the 7th Infantry Division are the U.S. 39th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas National Guard, the 41st Enhanced Separate Brigade of the Oregon National Guard and the 45th Enhanced Separate Brigade of the Oklahoma National Guard. Fort Carson is the present headquarters for the division.

 

One of the division's brigades, the 39th Enhanced Separate Brigade was activated for occupation duty in Iraq during the fall of 2003. Also deployed from the division was the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry of the 41st Enhanced Separate Brigade, attached to the 39th Enhanced Separate Brigade. During the deployment B Company, 2-162 IN was selected over active component units to act as the division quick reaction force (QRF) for the 1st Cavalry Division.

 

On 22 August 2006 the 7th Infantry Division was deactivated at Fort Carson, Colorado.

 

The division was re-organised as Training Support Division West, First U.S. Army. The unit will oversee training and mobilization of Reserve and National Guard units in 21 states west of the Mississippi River, except Minnesota.

 

Divisional history from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._7th_Infantry_Division

 

http://www.carson.army.mil/UNITS/F7ID/F7ID_History.htm

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MORE 7th ID VARIATIONS:

 

MACHINE EMBROIDERED ON FELT (CHEESECLOTH BACKING)

MACHINE EMBROIDERED OD BORDER (GREEN BACK)

 

MACHINE EMBROIDERED OD BORDER (WHITE BACK - HOUR GLASS FILLED)

MACHINE EMBROIDERED OD BORDER (WHITE BACK - STANDARD HOUR GLASS)

MACHINE EMBROIDERED RED BORDER (WHITE BACK)

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Another nickname I come across more often then Bayonet is Hourglass Division. Bayonet only became popluar in the 50s. My Grandfather who was in Korea with the 7th said he'd never heard of the Bayonet designation before when I asked him about it.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Rob

Exhausting & Dirty Work



Interested in buying identified or re-searchable Korean War uniforms, groupings, medals and more.

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7th Infantry Division Qualification Patches.

 

-Ski

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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NAME:

Seventh Infantry Division / 7th Division

 

NICKNAME:

“Bayonet”

 

BATTLE HONORS:

 

World War I

Alsace-Lorraine

 

World War II

Attu

Kwajalein

Leyte

Okinawa

 

Korean War

Inchon Landing

Battle of Heartbreak Ridge

Battle of Porkchop Hill

Battle of Old Baldy

 

 

HISTORY:

 

 

Post Korean War history

 

On 2 April 1971, the division was deactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington. After three years the 7th was reactivated at its former garrison, Fort Ord. The unit did not see any action in Vietnam or during the post war era, but was tasked to keep a close watch on South American developments. On 1 October 1985, the division was re-designated as the first "Light Infantry Division" and the various battalions of the 17th, 31st and 32nd Regiments were replaced by battalions from other regiments. The 7th participated in Operation Golden Pheasant in Honduras in 1988 and Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989.

 

The BRAC Commission of 1991 recommended the closing of Fort Ord. This was primarily done because the cost of living and location was driving up extremely high on the Central California coastline. By 1994, the garrison was closed. However, a few elements of the division (mainly military police companies) participated quelling the 1992 Los Angeles Riots before being deactivated once again in 1994.

 

In 1993 the division moved from Fort Ord to Fort Lewis, Washington. The Pentagon and BRAC Commission did not keep their promise and the entire division was reflagged as other units instead of keeping the 7th Infantry Division (Light) name. The 1st Brigade was reflagged as the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division while the 2nd Brigade was deactivated completely and the 3rd Brigade of the 7th was reflagged as the 1st Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division. Both birgades' are currently active at Fort Lewis today.

 

I noticed some errors in the Battle Honors and history.

 

Battles Honors:

 

Operation Just Cause (Panama) with arrowhead.

 

History:

 

For Operation Just Cause, the 7th Infantry Division (Light) would be the first Division deployed as a whole division since Vietnam. By the end of the Operation, the division would deploy 7 Infantry Battalions, units from the 8th battalion, the 3 Field Artillery battalions, the ADA battalion, 3 forward support battalions, the Aviation Brigade and other divisional units.

 

Prior to the BRAC announcement in early 1993, the 1st Brigade (9th Infantry Regiment, official title) Task Force was in the process of moving to Ft. Lewis. Upon the announcement of the BRAC decision, the rest of the divisional movement was halted. The 1st Brigade would be later be reflagged as the 9th Infantry Regiment. Even later they would be assigned to the 2nd infantry Division and reflagged.

 

The 2nd and 3rd Brigade as well as all support units would be deactivated in late 1993 early 1994. All personal still remaining at Fort Ord that had over 1 year left in the army received PCS orders and had left Ft. Ord by late 1993. All personal who had less then 1 year in the army were assigned to garrison units to assist in the final closure of Ft. Ord.

 

The reason, I state this is I served with the 7th Infantry Division from Nov 1982 to Jul 1993.

American by birth. Light Fighter by Choice!!!!

7th Infantry Division (Light) 82-93

4/9 IR, 3/17 IR, S3 3 Bde

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7th Infantry Division Qualification Patches.

 

-Ski

 

actually, the patch on the right is not a qualification patch. There was no real requirements to buy that patch. It was a local approve patch and not Dept. of the Army approved. It was sold in the clothing sales store as well as some of the local shops in Marinia.

American by birth. Light Fighter by Choice!!!!

7th Infantry Division (Light) 82-93

4/9 IR, 3/17 IR, S3 3 Bde

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This was another local patch produced to install pride as a member of the finest Light Infantry Division in the US Army. I still have mine.

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American by birth. Light Fighter by Choice!!!!

7th Infantry Division (Light) 82-93

4/9 IR, 3/17 IR, S3 3 Bde

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Here's two tabs that were produced by few local shops. They were never approved by the division or higher. Many soldiers had them on civilian attire to show of their pride. The tab on the right was submitted to DA for approval to be authorized to be worn over the 7th infantry Division SSI. Despite the overwhelming approval of the members of the division, DA disapproved it.

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American by birth. Light Fighter by Choice!!!!

7th Infantry Division (Light) 82-93

4/9 IR, 3/17 IR, S3 3 Bde

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Here's two tabs that were produced by few local shops. They were never approved by the division or higher. Many soldiers had them on civilian attire to show of their pride. The tab on the right was submitted to DA for approval to be authorized to be worn over the 7th infantry Division SSI. Despite the overwhelming approval of the members of the division, DA disapproved it.

 

Ed,

 

Hey, I hope that all is well with you and I wanted to set the record straight on these patches, because I don't want any erroneous information out there, especially about patches that I've made in the past five years. All of the patches that you listed above were made by me in recent years and were made because there wasnt too many items out there for us old Lightfighter veterans of the 7th Infantry Division. I do have an original "Black Widow" patch that I purchased at a shop in Marina, CA called "Esprit De Corps" back in the 1980's. I also have an original Light Infantry tab which is subdued and to my knowledge, they never made a tab to accompany the dress greens (Hence the reason why I made it) I'll post images of both of these original items in the near future and I wanted to just set the record straight for collectors and anyone interested. You can see these patches and others on my 7th ID site: 7th Infantry Division

 

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This is the first "Black Widow" patch that I made, which was about 10 years ago. This is very similar to the original with the only difference being that when I designed this, I made all the letters capitol letters. The original does not use all caps.

 

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After the first patch sold out, I re-designed the Black Widow to look a little meaner. The design is basically the same other than some graphic enhancements. These are the ones that I'm currently selling.

 

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This patch is also a recent production by me and has since sold out.

 

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Last, but not least, here's the tab that I made a few years back shown with an official 1980's era, 7th ID dress patch. Please notice that the merrowed edge on my tab does not match the merrowed edge on the official 7th ID patch. I really had a hard time matching this color and what you see is the best I could do.

 

Unlike some of the units in the 60's and 70's, we were never authorized to wear any patch bought at a local establishment. These were sold as trinkets of our time with the 7th Infantry Division. I've heard that some units in the early 1980's actually were authorized to wear the Light Infantry patch shown above with the "Organization of the Professional Bayonet Patch" There was also talk about using the regimental unit patches on the pocket before I got to Ft Ord, but that was nixed as well.

 

Those were the days of Jungle fatigues and Jungle boots ... BDU Woodland and BDU Rip Stock. I even remember guys still wearing the pickle suit (Less the funky green baseball hat) I'm glad that I missed that era!

Donald E. Shook Jr.

B Company, 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry - Ft Ord, CA 1984-1988

Distinguished Member of the 17th Infantry Regiment

National Infantry Association Order of Saint Maurice

deshook@7thinfantry.com

Embroided Patches For Sale - Embroidered Patches

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I'm interested in anything to do with the 17th Infantry Regiment, and or the 7th Infantry Division and would be interested in buying, trading, or just talking about any items related to these units!

 

 

 

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a closer look at the actual patch construction, one seems like a satin material, the other is a embellished standard 7th SSI. very well made, someone took the time to work on these properly.

 

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