90th Regional Support Group
The 90th Regional Support Group, headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, commands approximately 5,300 soldiers and 280 fulltime personnel in 47 units and enjoys tremendous support from the City of San Antonio and the surrounding community. The citizen soldiers and fulltime support personnel who serve as "Tough Ombres" continue to bear out the legacy and heraldry of those proud, brave and heroic fighting men who made the 90th one of the most respected and decorated Divisions in the US Army.
Two granite monuments, erected by the soldiers of the "Tough 'Ombres," 90th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, who fought in World War I and World War II were recently discovered in a Lake Texoma park in Lake Texoma, Oklahoma. The monuments are dedicated to the soldiers from Texas and Oklahoma who gave their lives on the battlefields of Europe. The World War I monument lists the soldiers who died in action in what was known then as the "war to end all wars." The other monument, dedicated to the soldiers who fought in World War II, lists the five campaigns in which the 90th Division fought during 288 consecutive days of combat in the European Theater.
The 90th Division Association represents soldiers who fought in World War I, World War II, Desert Storm and current "Tough 'Ombres." After learning about these monuments, the Association petitioned the state of Oklahoma to allow the relocation of the two monuments to the birthplace of the 90th Infantry Division at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The State of Oklahoma gave approval for the relocation to Fort Sam Houston earlier this year. An elaborate ceremony dedicating the two granite cenotaphs and an additional monument commemorating the 90th soldiers who fought in Desert Storm took place on Saturday, September 1, 2001.
The 90th Infantry Division was constituted on August 5, 1917, and organized on August 25, 1917, at Camp Travis, now Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Division recruited soldiers primarily from the states of Texas and Oklahoma. The Division patch and heraldry depict the T-O symbol, Texas - Oklahoma. Soldiers returning home after World War I formed the 90th Division Association and met annually at Lake Texoma. They dedicated the World War I monument to their fallen comrades. As more veterans of the 90th Infantry Division returned from World War II, more Tough 'Ombres joined the 90th Division Association and a subsequent monument for these battle scarred veterans was dedicated. However, over the years the membership dwindled, the members ceased to meet at Lake Texoma and the two monuments fell into obscurity.
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