a little history on the 1-12


So, a little history on the unit I’m assigned to. They are the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Unit from Fort Carson, Colorado. If your in the mood for a history lesson, read on.

The 1-12 Infantry Battalion maintains balanced readiness to, on order, deploy, fight and win in any theater of operation while supporting the 4th Brigade Combat Team training to increase our lethality, survivability, operational tempo, sustainability, and versatility.

The History of the 12th Infantry Regiment parallels the history of our nation. The 12th Regiment was originally formed on 3 July 1798, in response to British and French aggression against the American merchant fleet. The 12th was disbanded on 15 June 1800 after the crisis passed. With the outbreak of the War of 1812, the Warriors were again activated.

The Regiment’s greatest moment of the war came during the defense of Fort McHenry. The Warrior colors were flying above the Fort throughout the battle that inspired the writing of our National Anthem. At the end of the war, the Army was reduced in size and the 12th was consolidated into the 4th Infantry Regiment. During the Mexican War, the 12th was organized for the third time and fought at National Ridge, Paso de Overjas and Plan de Rio. At the Battle of Coutreras, the Warriors spearheaded an attack against a much larger Mexican force. That attack was the turning point, which helped hasten the end of the war.

The Regiment was disbanded after the Mexican War, and was not recalled into the Regular Army until 3 May 1861. During the Civil War, the Regiment fought in campaigns with the Army of the Potomac and played pivotal roles in some of the greatest battles of the Civil War. The 12th subsequently served in three major Indian campaigns, during which six Warriors won the Medal of Honor.

During the Spanish American War, the 12th was dispatched to the Philippines where they campaigned around Manila and throughout the island of Luzon. During World War II, the 12th spearheaded the Normandy Invasion on D-Day.

From 9-12 August 1944, the Regiment engaged and destroyed the famed SS Adolph Hitler Panzer Division, then went on to win a Presidential Unit Citation during the Battle of the Bulge. The 12th deployed to Vietnam from 1966 to 1970. They served in eleven campaigns and three Warriors won the Medal of Honor.

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2 Responses to “a little history on the 1-12”

  1. Angela, Bryan, and Daniel Says:

    Wow! Did you remember all of that or get it out of a book? That is so cool! How are you doing over there? Counting down the days until you see your family again, I’m sure! Let me know if there is anything specific I can pray for. Know that you, Jen, and the kids are in my prayers daily. I know I say it a lot, but thank you so much for what you are doing.

    • jetgwot Says:

      I’d like to say I remembered all of that, but I actually researched it. Things are ok here. Not the safest, but we do what we can. Hopefully, we start seeing a difference here.
      I might send you my address later, I could use some tidbits of goodness from the states… 🙂

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