Unit Details

18th Infantry Regiment (United States)


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18th Infantry Regiment (United States)
18 Infantry Regiment COA.png  
Coat of arms
Active 1861–present
Country USA
Branch Army
Type Mechanized infantry
Garrison/HQ 1–18: Fort Riley, Kansas 2–18:
Baumholder, Germany

Nickname Vanguards (special designation)
Motto In Omnia Paratus
Prepared for All Things
Colors Blue and white
Henry B. Carrington
Thomas H. Ruger
Captain William J. Fetterman
Distinctive unit insignia 18 Infantry Regiment DUI.png
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The 18th Infantry Regiment ("Vanguards" is a light infantry regiment. The 18th Infantry Regiment currently exists as two separate battalions under the U.S. Army Regimental System and has no Regimental Headquarters.

Indian Wars
World War II

Easy Red sector of the Omaha Beach landings, 6 June 1944

Global War on Terror
Victory Day
At the 2010 Moscow Victory Day Parade

On 9 May 2010, a detachment from the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment represented the United States in Russia's Victory Day parade across Red Square. They were joined by British, French, and Polish troops as well as detachments from the CIS member states. Labeled by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as the "Anti-Hitler Coalition," it marked the first time in history that American and NATO troops joined the Russian Military in the 9 May parade.





Assigned to the 1st Division XIV Army Corps under Major General George H. Thomas, Participated at the Battle of Chickamauga, GA as part of the Third (Regular) Brigade and was instrumental in preventing the destruction of the Union Army under Major General William Rosecrans at Chickamauga, GA Sep 1863. Participated in the operations at Chattanooga, GA and the following Atlanta Campaign assigned to the Third Brigade. Served under Brig. General John H. King and Brig. Gen. Absalom Baird's First Division and MG John M Palmer until the Attack at Utoy Creek. The 18th US Infantry distinguished itself in its performance, along with the 15th US Infantry, in a combat water crossing at North Utoy Creek, securing the position for the 1st Division under Brigadier General Johnston 3 Aug 1864 and participated in the preliminary and main attacks on 6 August 1864. Involved in cutting the rail lines south of Atlanta at Rough and Ready Station (Forest Park GA 30 Aug 1864). After the Capture of Atlanta, the regiment and the rest of the Army of the Cumberland moved back in pursuit of Hood's Confederate Army into Tennessee. Involved in the Battle of Nashville and the destruction of the Confederate Army of Tennessee on 15–16 December 1864. The unit crest shows the symbol of the XIV Corps, the Acorn, adopted by Gen. George H. Thomas, "The Rock of Chickamauga."

On 17 March 2008, 1–18 Infantry was deactivated in Schweinfurt, Germany, to be relocated to Fort Riley, Kansas. On 28 March, the 18th Infantry Regimental colors were un-cased at Fort Riley, and the unit that was the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment re-flagged to 1–18 Infantry (Combined Arms Battalion). The 28 March re-flagging at Fort Riley was part of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division's re-flagging to the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, bringing all 1st Infantry Division brigades but 3rd BCT, 1 ID to Fort Riley.

On 15 July 2009, 2–18 Infantry stood up in Baumholder, Germany as part of the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The unit was stood up to replace 1–6 Infantry (Regulars), part 2nd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division.

Campaign participation credit


Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division moving up into Frauwόllesheim, Germany, after crossing the Roer River on 29 February 1945.

  1. Murfreesboro;
  2. Chickamauga;
  3. Chattanooga;
  4. Atlanta Campaign;
  5. Kentucky 1862;
  6. Mississippi 1862;
  7. Tennessee 1863;
  8. Georgia 1864
  1. Dakota 1867;
  2. Wyoming 1867;
  3. Montana 1881;
  4. Montana 1882
  1. Manila
  1. Iloilo;
  2. Panay 1899;
  3. Panay 1900
  1. Montdidier-Noyon;
  2. Aisne-Marne;
  3. St. Mihiel;
  4. Meuse-Argonne;
  5. Lorraine 1917;
  6. Lorraine 1918;
  7. Picardy 1918
  1. Algeria-French Morocco (with arrowhead);
  2. Tunisia;
  3. Sicily (with arrowhead);
  4. Normandy (with arrowhead);
  5. Northern France;
  6. Rhineland;
  7. Ardennes-Alsace;
  8. Central Europe
  1. Defense;
  2. Counteroffensive;
  3. Counteroffensive, Phase II;
  4. Counteroffensive, Phase III;
  5. Tet Counteroffensive;
  6. Counteroffensive, Phase IV;
  7. Counteroffensive, Phase V;
  8. Counteroffensive, Phase VI;
  9. Tet 69/Counteroffensive;
  10. Summer-Fall 1969;
  11. Winter-Spring 1970
  1. Defense of Saudi Arabia;
  2. Liberation and Defense of Kuwait;
  3. Cease-Fire
  4. OPERATION: Iraqi Freedom II, 11Feb 2004-11Feb2005
  5. OPERATION: Iraqi Freedom VI-VIII,01Sep 2006-21Nov2007
  6. OPERATION: Iraqi Freedom VIII-IX, 08OCT 2008 – present
  7. Afghanistan: Kunar Province/Korengal Valley

Soldiers from the 18th Infantry Regiment stand guard over Nazi leaders during the Nuremberg Trials that followed World War II.


  1. Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for BEJA, TUNISIA
  2. Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for NORMANDY
  3. Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for AACHEN, GERMANY
  4. Valorous Unit Award for BINH LONG PROVINCE
  5. Valorous Unit Award for DI AN DISTRICT
  6. Valorous Unit Award for IRAQ
  7. Valorous Unit Award for IRAQ-KUWAIT
  8. Valorous Unit Award for the 1st Battalion (minus Company B) for Operation Iraqi Freedom VI-VIII, 12 October 2006 – 17 November 2007
  9. Navy Unit Commendation for Company B, 1st Battalion for Operation Iraqi Freedom VI-VIII, October 2006 – November 2007
  10. Army Superior Unit Award for 1994
  11. Army Superior Unit Award for 1996–1997
  12. Army Superior Unit Award for 1998–1999
  13. French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War I for AISNE-MARNE
  14. French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War I for MEUSE-ARGONNE
  15. French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II for KASSERINE
  16. French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II for NORMANDY
  17. French Mιdaille militaire, Fourragere
  18. Belgian Fourragere 1940
  19. Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at Mons
  20. Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at Eupen-Malmedy


  1. Henry B. Carrington 1861–1869
  2. Thomas H. Ruger 1869–1886
  3. John E. Yard (died in command) 1886–1889
  4. Henry M. Lazelle 1889–1894
  5. Daingerfield Parker 1894–1896
  6. David D. Van Valzah 1896–1899
  7. Gilbert S. Carpenter 1899-1899
  8. James M. J. Sanno 1899–1903
  9. Charles B. Hall 1903–1907
  10. Thomas F. Davis 1907–1913
  11. James S. Rogers 1913–1916
  12. Howard F. Glenn 1916–1916
  13. Samuel E. Smiley 1916–1917
  14. James W. McAndrew 1917–1917
  15. Ulysses G. McAlexander 1917–1917
  16. James W. McAndrew 1917–1917
  17. Ulysses G. McAlexander 1917–1917
  18. Frank Parker (1) (BRO – 18 Oct – 20 Nov 1918)
  19. Charles A. Hunt 1918–1919
  20. Stateside Duty between World War I and World War II 1919–1941
  21. Orrin R. Wolfe 1919–1923
  22. John J. Bradley (Bradlay) 1923–1927
  23. Charles F. Humphrey, Jr. 1927–1929
  24. William B. Graham 1929–1931
  25. John N. Hughes 1931-1931
  26. Claude H. Miller 1931–1933
  27. Noble J. Wiley 1933–1935
  28. Royden E. Beebe(1–18 = MAJ "Cappy" Wells) 1935–1937
  29. Ray W. Brabsen 1937–1939
  30. Eley P Denson 1939–1941
  1. Edward G. Sherburn 1941–1942
  2. Frank U. Greer 1 Jul 1942 – 23 May 1943
  1. George A. Smith, Jr. 23 May 1943 – 25 Feb 1945
  1. John Williamson 25 Feb 1945 – Oct 1945
  1. Henry G. Learnard, Jr Oct 1945 – Mar 1946
  1. James S. Luckett Mar–Aug 1946
  1. LTC Gerald C. Kelleher Aug 1946
  2. Sterling A. Wood Aug 1946–? 1948
  1. Rinaldo Van Brunt (May) 1948–1950
  1. Ralph W. Zwicker 1950–1952
  2. Benjamin F. Evans 1952–1953
  3. Eugene A. Salet 1953–(Jun) 1954
  1. George T. Calvin (Colvin) 1954 – Sep 1955
  1. William A. Cunningham, III Sep 1955 – Feb 1957
  1. William A. Cunningham, III Sep 1955 – Feb 1957

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Medal of Honor recipients