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2nd Battalion - 103rd Armor Regiment

Pennsylvania's 28th Infantry Division is the longest continuously serving division in the US Army. The Keystone Patch was first worn in the terrible trenches of World War I where it earned the nickname "Iron Division" from General John Pershing. During World War II, the Nazis called the division the "Bloody Bucket" as a tribute to the punishment that the division endured and overcame during combat in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. Today, the 28th is one of only four standing divisions in the Army National Guard and its members have served proudly in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as during state disasters.

The 2nd Battalion, 103rd Armor shares the histories of two illustrious units of Pennsylvania's legendary National Guard Division, the 628th Tank Destroyer Battalion and the 109th Infantry Regiment.

The 628th Tank Destroyer Battalion was formed in 1941 with Soldiers from the 28th Infantry Division. Federalized after the attack on Pearl Harbor, it became an independent battalion, but primarily supported the 3rd Armor Division in Europe during World War II. After the conflict, tank destroyer units were disbanded, but the 103rd Armor regiment traces its lineage to this outstanding battalion.

The current tank battalion was created in Scranton in 1989 through the conversion of the 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry. The achievements of the 109th Infantry Regiment standout in the history of the US Army. Originally made up of Civil War veterans from North-Eastern Pennsylvania, this regiment has served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I and World War II.

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