Two Centuries of Valor: The Story of the 5th Infantry Regiment

Two Centuries of Valor: The Story of the 5th Infantry Regiment

by Samuel Martin Kier
Two Centuries of Valor: The Story of the 5th Infantry Regiment

Two Centuries of Valor: The Story of the 5th Infantry Regiment

by Samuel Martin Kier


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Two Centuries of Valor is the first fully comprehensive historical account of the 5th United States Infantry Regiment. It chronicles the one hundred ninety-nine years of active service of the regiment as it fought in most of its nation’s wars from the War of 1812 to the War on Terror, and during its many years of peacetime service from the Minnesota wilderness to the Sinai Peninsula. The information was derived from earlier regimental histories, monthly command and after-action reports, award citations, archived newspaper accounts, biographical sources and correspondence with dozens of living veterans from World War II to men who are currently on active duty. It is a story of courage, sacrifice, and missions accomplished.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935530152
Publisher: Park Place Publications
Publication date: 08/19/2015
Pages: 562
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Following graduation from Stanford University, Sam Kier was immediately drafted into the U. S. Army. He completed basic training at Fort Ord and was assigned to the 5th Infantry Regiment. During much of his time on active duty, he served as the regimental troop information and education NCO. One of his responsibilities was to update the regimental history and see that it became part of the troop education program. Following his separation from the army, Kier completed a Ph. D. in educational psychology at the University of Arizona and worked in the public schools of California for forty-years as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, director of special education and professor of education. Now retired, he is a life member of the 5th Infantry Regiment Association and a founding sponsor of the National Museum of the United States Army. Sam met his wife, Betty, while he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. They reside in Pacific Grove, California.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements vii
Introduction ix
Maps xi
Photos xxvii

One War of 1812 3
Two Taming the Northwest 22
Three War with Mexico 34
Four Return to the Frontier 53
Five Civil War in New Mexico 62
Six The Red River War 72
Seven Fort Keogh, Montana 83
Eight Cuban Occupation 116
and Philippine Insurrection
Nine World War I 130
and the Great Depression
Ten With the 71st Division 140
in World War II
Eleven Korea: The Fluid War 177
Twelve Korea: The Battle for the Ridges 244
Thirteen The Cold War 302
Fourteen Vietnam 314
Fifteen Guardian of the Pacific 377
Sixteen Global War on Terrorism 398
Appendices 444
Notes  464
Selected Bibliography  482
Index of Persons  486
Index of Subjects  497
Index of Military Units  510

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