3rd Battalion 22nd Infantry

The 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry was constituted on 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as Companies C and F, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry. It has over 85 years of continuous service and has played an important part in many major episodes of United States history. The regiment was reorganized and redesignated 21 September 1866 as Companies C and F, 22nd Infantry Regiment. The unit fought five campaigns in the Indian Wars. The battalion was instrumental in the discovery and development of untapped resources, and in uncovering the wonders of the Yellowstone territory and other areas of national importance.

The 22nd Infantry made the first amphibious assault on Cuba during the Spanish-American War and captured the first Spanish colors in the Battle of Siboney. In 1889 and 1901, the regiment was instrumental in suppressing the Philippine Insurrection and earned five campaign streamers. The unit saw further service in the Philippines, Alaska, on the Mexican border and at home.

At 0745 hours D-Day, 6 June 1944, the 22nd Infantry hit Utah Beach, on the Normandy Coast of France. The 3rd Battalion, in particular, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding performance while opening a four mile beachhead under difficult conditions. The regiment and Combat Command "A" of the 2nd Armored Division spearheaded the St. Lo breakthrough as Combat Team 22 and was again awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. The unit led advances across the Seine River and Hurtgen Forest. The 22nd Infantry spearheaded the counterattack for the 11th Armored Divisionís breakthrough during the Battle of the Bulge. The regiment culminated its action in World War II with a combat assault from the Rhine River to the Danube River, arriving there on 16 April 1945. The unit returned to the United States in 1945 with battle streamers flying. It had gained two Presidential Unit Citations and over 2000 individual decorations for valor.

Designated the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry on 16 September 1965, the unit was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. The battalion was reassigned to the 25th Infantry Division on 1 August 1967. During the Vietnam War, the unit participated in thirteen campaigns and earned the Valorous Unit Award and a fourth Presidential Unit Citation.

Inactivated at the conclusion of the war, the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry was reactivated to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) on 16 July 1986.

On 1 September 1995, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantryís Regimental colors were retired from active service and the unit was redesignated as 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry Regiment assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks Hawaii.


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