1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment
The 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment traces its lineage to the 325th Infantry Regiment, activated officially as part of the 82nd Infantry Division on 5 August 1917 at Camp Gordon, as part of the "All American Division" 82nd Division. In April 1918, the Regiment moved to Camp Upton, New York in preparation for embarkation to France. During World War I the Red Falcons participated in St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Lorraine campaigns. After the Armistice, 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment performed occupational duties along the Rhine until April of 1919, when the Battalion returned to the United States for demobilization.
The Regiment was activated again on 25 March 1942. Located at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, the Regiment was again to be part of the 82nd Division, which soon thereafter was designated an airborne force. As part of the 82nd Airborne Division the 325th Infantry Regiment was designated a Glider Infantry Regiment. During World War II the Regiment's first operation was an amphibious assault to reinforce soldiers on the island of Sicily. While moving north to the town of Maiori, the Regiment received its first casualties of the war.
On 7 June 1944, D-Day plus one, the Regiment landed by glider in Normandy and participated in the invasion of France. On 9 June 1944, Private First Class Charles N. Deglopper single-handedly defended his platoon's position and subsequently was awarded the Medal of Honor for this action. For its actions in France the 82nd Airborne Division was awarded the red and green braided French Fourregerre.
The next glider assault for Regiment was during Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation ever conducted. The 325th landed among German positions that had surrounded other elements of the 82nd Airborne Division and turned the tide of the battle. For this action the Regiment earned the Distinguished Unit Citation. The Regiment returned to the United States and was deactivated on 15 December 1947.
On 15 December 1948, the Regiment was again activated and redesignated the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. On 1 May 1965, the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment deployed to the Dominican Republic as part of Operation Power Pack. During this operation they neutralized communist-backed rebel forces and participated in civic actions. The Battalion redeployed to Fort Bragg on 2 December 1965.
On 6 August 1990, Task Force 1-325 AIR, as the Division Ready Force-1 (DRF-1), was the first combat unit alerted for immediate deployment to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield. On 23 February 1991, (G-Day minus 1), the Red Falcons spearheaded the initial XVIII Airborne Corps assault into Iraq. Task Force 1-325 AIR was 150 km inside Iraq awaiting further orders when the cease-fire was declared. The Battalion began redeployment to Fort Bragg on 15 March 1991.
On 15 February 2003, 1-325th Airborne Infantry deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 27 March 2003 the Battalion crossed the border and saw ground combat in As Samawah, Fallujah and Baghdad. The Red Falcons contributed to the effort to remove a dictator, Saddam Hussein, from power. They also liberated an oppressed people and restored utilities and a form of government to the people of Iraq. In mid-January of 2004 the Red Falcons re-deployed to Fort Bragg.
Between July 2005 and November 2006, 1-325th Airborne Infantry was deployed to Afghanistan with other elements of 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.
On 15 January 2006, the 82nd Airborne Division became part of the Army's transformation towards a modular force. While other elements of the Division and Brigade were reorganized more dramatically, 1-325th Airborne Infantry was reorganized, but remained with the reorganized 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
1-325th Airborne Infantry returned to Iraq in July 2006, returning to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in December 2006. The Battalion deployed for another rotation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom between January and November 2007, before returning again to Fort Bragg.
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