1941-Deploying to Newfoundland

Co A & Co B barracks-Fort Snelling, MN – mid1930s
Co F, 3rd Infantry inspection-Ft. Snelling, MN – Mid1930s

⭐ 80 Years Ago Today ⭐
On January 13, 1941, members of the 3d Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment departed Fort Snelling, MN on their way to Newfoundland. These men would be among the first service members to deploy outside of the United States in preparation for World War II.

In September 1940, the US & UK signed the “Destroyers for Bases” agreement. The agreement sold US destroyers to the UK in exchange for leases at various British possessions. The soldiers of The Old Guard were headed to Fort Pepperrell, Newfoundland, Canada via New York City and a US Army Transport Ship. More on that leg of the trip later!

Here are photos of Fort Snelling and some of the barracks where Old Guard soldiers lived, where the Regiment spent the previous 20 years.

Old Guard Football – 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Football Program-1945-11-11-508th PIR Red Devils-01

🇺🇸 On this Veterans Day 2020, we thank all those who served in The Old Guard, the US Army, and all branches of service.

Once again we are going back to the football games played by the Cockades after World War II.This game was against the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment “Red Devils” took place at Victory Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany, on November 11, 1945 at 1400 hrs. The Cockades won the game, 20-12.