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1st Battalion - 141st Infantry (Mechanized)

Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, in April 2002 approximately 500 soldiers of the Texas Army National Guard will be mobilized under Title 10 (Federal Status) for Force Protection integrated with the Homeland Defense missions at various locations in the Continental US. National Guard units called to active duty included 73 members of the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, Company B, Army National Guard, Alice; 60 members of the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, Army National Guard, San Antonio; 110 members of the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, Company A, Army National Guard, San Antonio; and 27 members of the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, Company B, Army National Guard, Victoria.

The lineage of the 141st includes units tracing origins to the Texas Revolution, such as Company A, First Texas, 1836, and other infantry companies of the First Texas formed in the 1870s and 1880s.

During World War II the First Battalion [assigned to the 36th Division] was given the assignment to clear a ridge deep in the Vosages, but had been cut-off by the Germans. The battalion, the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment (a Texas National Guard unit), had been cut off since October 24,1944. The other two battalions of the 141st were unable to break through. The 100th /442nd, was ordered to rescue the Lost Battalion in a real-life "Saving Private Ryan" mission (More men were lost in the 100th/442nd in the rescue operation than there were to save in the 1st of the 141st.).

In 1973 the 49th Armored Division was reactivated, with the first and third battalions of the 141st Infantry (mechanized) assigned to the 1st Brigade. The 2/141 was mechanized and assigned to the 3d Brigade of the 49th Armored Divsion. By 1979, all three battalions of the 141st were assigned to the 1st Brigade, 49th Armored Division. In 1984, the 1/141 and 2/141 continued to be assigned to the 49th Armored, and 3d/141st was assigned to Texas National Guard Troop Command. In 1995, 2/141 was demobilized and the 3/141 was assigned to the 36th Brigade of the 49th Armored Division.



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