2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized)
"Willing and Able"
2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, was originally constituted on 11 January 1812 in the Regular Army as a company of the 8th Infantry. It organized in 1812 in Tennessee, Georgia, or the adjacent territories. It was consolidated in May-October 1815 with a company of the 24th Infantry (constituted on 26 June 1812) and a company of the 39th Infantry (constituted on 29 January 1813) to form a company of the 7th Infantry. The unit was redesignated on 21 August 1816 as Company B, 7th Infantry.
It was consolidated on 4 June 1869 with Company B, 36th Infantry, which itself had been constituted on 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as Company B, 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry, organized in December 1861 at Camp Thomas, Ohio. It had been reorganized and redesignated on 26 December 1866 as Company B, 36th Infantry, and consolidated on 4 June 1869 with Company B, 7th Infantry, with the consolidated unit designated as Company B, 7th Infantry.
The newly consolidated unit was designated as Company B, 7th Infantry. The 7th Infantry itself was assigned on 21 November 1917 to the 3rd Division (later redesignated as the 3rd Infantry Division).
Of the 3 regiments assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division during World War II, the 7th Infantry was the only one to be employed in the assault phase of every major operation of the "Rock of the Marne" division. It ended that war by capturing Berchdesgarden, Adolph Hitler's private retreat.
It was reorganized and redesignated on 1 July 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battle Group, 7th Infantry, relieved from assignment to the 3rd Infantry Division, and assigned to the 10th Infantry Division (its organic elements were concurrently constituted and activated). The Battle Group inactivated on 14 June 1958 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
It was again redesignated on 18 April 1963 as the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry, and was concurrently relieved from assignment to the 10th Infantry Division and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. It was activated on 20 June 1963 in Germany. The unit was inactivated on 1 May 1966 in Germany and was relieved from assignment to the 3rd Infantry Division.
The unit was assigned on 16 December 1987 to the 24th Infantry Division, it activated at Fort Stewart, Georgia. In 1991, 2-7th Infantry participated in Operation Desert Storm as part of the 24th Infantry Division.
The unit was relieved on 16 February 1996 from assignment to the 24th Infantry Division and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division.
In March 2003, the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division fought against regular and unconventional Iraqi forces in the vicinity of An Najaf in central Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The intense fighting was made even more remarkable considering that a sandstorm reduced visibility to 25 meters. During the battle, the Brigade killed dozens of enemy personnel and captured 50 prisoners while sustaining no casualties. After 9 days of fighting, 2-7th Infantry sustained the first fatality for the brigade when an enemy combatant detonated a suicide vest at a checkpoint, killing 4 Soldiers on March 29, 2003. The 1st Brigade returned to the United States in September 2003.
In 2004 the 3rd Infantry Division as a whole began transformation to the US Army's new modular force structure. As a result various relationships and unit organizations changed. 2-7th Infantry was reorganized, but remained with the similarly reorganized 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
Immediately following a month and a half long National Training Center rotation in May 2004 to June 2004, the 1st Brigade Combat Team received a warning order that it would deploy to Iraq in the end of 2004 for OIF III. 2-7th Infantry, along with other elements of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Iraq for a second tour in December 2004. The 1st Brigade Combat Team returned to the United States between December 2005 and January 2006.
In January 2005, 2-7th Infantry deployed with the 1st Brigade Combat Team to Iraq for a third, 15-month tour.
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