Organization Day 1944

1944-09-21-The Cockade newsletter-Organization Day-Fort Benning-01

Today is Organization Day for The Old Guard!
The images above are from 1944, when the Regiment was training unit at Fort Benning during World War II. The newsletter has some Org Day details wrong, but they were busy training Soldiers for war, so we will give them a pass.

In 1920, the Regiment selected the anniversary of Monterrey (War with Mexico) to serve as Organization Day to remember the fierce fighting and the men lost during the Monterrey campaign.

On 21 September 1846, the 3d Infantry, 262 men strong, was part of the first wave to attack Monterrey. Enemy artillery was stationed at street intersections, and the narrow streets were bounded on each side with buildings filled with infantry. In penetrating the first line of defense of the walled city, the Regiment found itself drawn into a situation in which the limited space to maneuver made it difficult for American units to support each other.

The Regiment entered the battle with an effective strength of 14 officers, 40 non-commissioned officers, 7 musicians and 201 privates. Losses totaled 52 (20%): 6 Officers KIA or DOW, 1 Officer WIA, 15 NCOs and Privates KIA or DOW, 29 NCOs and Privates WIA, 1 Musician WIA.

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