America's Premier Infantry Regiment

Welcome to the 7th Infantry Regiment Association!

The Seventh Infantry Regiment Association was established in 1987. The Association presently has more than 600 members, comprised of veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Persian Gulf, and members of the Active Army.

The Seventh Infantry Regiment was constituted 11 January 1812, making it one of the five oldest regiments in the United States Army. It ranks first on the Army's Order of Merit List in terms of date constituted, number of campaigns in which it participated, and awards and decorations received.

Archived News and Updates

1 Nov 2010

Veteran's Day 2010 Veteran's Day 2010

1 Nov 2010

Wreaths for Warriors Walk

Wreaths for Warriors Walk (W4WW) is once again planning on place wreaths on each tree along Warrior Walk at noon on 11 Dec 2010. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend

W4WW is a registered Non-profit corporation and is once again asking for donations to help pay for the wreaths. The cost of one wreath is $15, but all donations are welcome. Donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made on-line Paypal via a link on thier web site. You can also send a check to:
Wreaths for Warriors Walk, Inc
P.O. Box 3533
Ft. Stewart, GA 31315

13 Oct 2010

Army Coins Authorized by Army Commemorative Coin Act

Currently under design by the U.S. Mint, three commerative coins will be the first U.S. coins ever issued to celebrate and honor the U.S. Army, its heritage and the 30 million American men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775.

The commemorative coins—a five dollar gold piece, a silver dollar, and a copper-clad half dollar—will do more than just honor the Army and Army veterans. The legislation reserves a share of sales revenue to help fund the National Museum of the United States Army to be built at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. An estimated $10 million of the US Mint’s sales revenue from the coins will be directed toward the campaign to build the Museum.

The designs are expected to be unveiled this fall and the Mint will begin taking orders for them in late 2010. Sale prices for the coins will be determined by the Mint at the time of sale.

29 Sep 2010

The Reunion page has been updated with the hotel information for the 2011 Reunion (9-12 June 2011).
So Mark Your Calendars and make your reservations!

We are also looking at locations for the next 3 reunions also. If you have any recommendations or would like to help organize a future reunion please contact the webmaster.

17 Aug 2010

Mark Your Calendar!

I have updated the Reunion page to reflect that the 2011 Reunion will be 9-12 Jun 2011 in Harrisburg, PA. The Hotel details have not been finalized at this time. Once finalized, I'll post the details here and in the Cottonbaler Newsletter.

Harrisburg is less than 20 miles from Hershey Park and less than 40 miles from Gettysburg. The tour details have not been finalized, but I know they are looking at possible trips to both locations. So bring your family and I hope to see you all there!

9 Jul 2010

Our historian, John McManus, has a new book getting ready to come out on 3 Aug 2010:
Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq

Grunts front cover

For centuries of warfare—regardless of culture, creed, or country— there has always been one group of warriors continually in the thick of battle who often are the most unsung: the infantry.

Now, in an era of unmanned drone aircraft, renowned military historian John C. McManus brings us GRUNTS: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq (NAL Caliber Hardcover Original; August 3, 2010; 978-0451227904; $25.95), showing how instrumental “foot soldiers” are to victory. In this accessible account of the American infantry experience, McManus urgently conveys the infantryman’s importance in winning wars to this day.

Chronologically covering the past six decades of warfare, McManus examines ten critical battles: from World War II, to Vietnam, to the Gulf War, up to today’s war in Iraq. As the author points out, in nearly every case in recent history it is the ground soldiers, the “grunts,” who prove to be the difference between victory and defeat. Based on years of research and interviews with veterans, GRUNTS is a fascinating blend of narrative and analysis, as well as a thought-provoking call for support for the American infantryman from one of the best-respected American military historians writing today, John C. McManus.

The last chapter, titled "Watch Out for IEDs": Twenty-First-Century Counterinsurgent Warfare Through the Eyes of One Infantry Regiment in Iraq, covers 2-7 IN and 3-7 IN during their deployments in 2005.

Webmaster Note: I have finished reading this book and it's very intense. John has a way of capturing the true essence of the Infantry. I highly recommend it!

11 Jun 2010 I have uploaded some of the photos I took during the reunion. You can find the photos here.

11 Jun 2010 3-7 IN has a FaceBook Page!
3-7 IN BN Cottonbalers

21 May 2010

Memorial Day 2010 Bivouac Of The Dead, by Theodore O'Hara

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

21 May 2010 Last week's reunion was a great success. I think everyone who attended had a wonderful time. Spending Friday at Ft. Stewart with 3-7 IN was really exciting. Not only did we get to spend time with the soldiers, but they also made it a Family Day, so their families got to spend time with them also.

I'm working on getting my reunion photos organized and placed on the web site, but until then, here is one. This is the group photo with the Association Members, 3-7 IN soldiers and family members taken at Cottrell Field.

2010 Reunion Group Photo Photo Courtesy of 3-7 IN

22 Mar 2010 TF 2-7 has a FaceBook Page! Keep up to date with TF 2-7 while they are deployed via FaceBook
Task Force 2-7 Infantry, 1HBCT, 3rd ID

22 Mar 2010 1st Brigade (Raider Brigade), 3rd Infantry Division is creating a Memorial for the Fallen Soldiers of 1st Brigade. The Raider Brigade Fallen Soldiers' Memorial will be a permanent tribute and visible memorial to members of the First Brigade Combat Team -- past, present and future.
Please take a moment to read about our efforts. With your tax deductible donation, together we will break ground and, brick by brick, make this a reality for the Soldiers' and Families' who have sacrificed so much for their country. They are forever in our hearts.

6 Mar 2010 I have posted the Eulogy for GEN Fred Weyand here .

25 Feb 2010 The Registration Form for the 2010 Reunion is now available!
The Registration Form and Tentative Schedule are now on the Reunion Page .

12 Feb 2010

Former Army Chief of Staff Frederick Weyand, 1st Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment Commander during Korean War, dies at 93 GEN Weyand

Here is the Army Times Article

2 Feb 2010 I received an e-mail today with a request for information. There is an effort underway to upgrade the Silver Star Award to the Congressional Medal of Honor for CPL Patrick Sheahan. They are looking for eye-witnesses. Here is the request:

“I am seeking eyewitnesses to the heroic actions of CPL Patrick Sheahan, who was a member of Company A, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division in the Army, and was killed in action October 4, 1951 during the assault on Hill 281, near Chungse-ri, Korea. We are trying to assist in the upgrade of CPL Sheahan’s Silver Star to the Medal of Honor. I would be very grateful if anyone who may have served with CPL Sheahan during this time contact me. Thank you for your support!"
Name: Caroline Wekselbaum

29 Jan 2010 I just received this from our Historian, John McManus:
60th Anniversary of the Korean War
Korean War Veterans Association
Revisit Korea Coordinator
13198 Centerpointe Way, Ste 202
Woodbridge, Virginia 22193-5285
800-722-9501 - 703-590-1295
Fax: 703-590-1292

Since 1975, the Republic of Korea has been inviting 1950 to 1954 Korean War Veterans, and family members, to return to Seoul Korea on a subsidized visit to thank them for their sacrifices that save their country from Communism. Thousands of veterans, from all the Allied Countries that participated in the war, have enjoyed this sojourn to the "Land of the Morning Calm." The Korean government pays for hotel rooms, meals and touring in country

Commencing Spring 2010, the Revisit Korea tours will be tripled and, for the first time, the ROK government will pay 50% of the airfare for Veterans and 30% of his or her family member or travel companion’s air cost. The Eligibility Requirements will also be relaxed in view of the age of the veterans.

There are 10 major commemoration tour dates, beginning in late April through November 2010

These 2010 tours will be oversubscribed! If you are planning to participate, you must register early. Registrations will be date stamped and will be "First come - First Served"!

To register, call 800-722-9501 or 703-590-1295. Check the KWVA web site at or You can also Email to the Revisit Coordinator at, to request a brochure.

Military Historical Tours
Travel ... Where history comes alive!
13198 Centerpointe Way Suite 202
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Fax: 703-590-1292

29 Jan 2010 Vietnam War Virtual Wall
This is link to a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam War with the names, bio's and other information on our lost comrades.
First, click on the link, then click on a state, when it opens click on a city or town, then click on a name. It should show you a picture of the person or at least his/her bio and medals. Everyone should know of someone whose name is on "The Wall".
Vietnam Memorial

25 Jan 2010 Since we're "New Orleans' Own" we need to celebrate Mardi Gras. To help get us in the spirit of Mardi Gras, our own Curley Faulk is this year's King of Krewe du Bon Coeur (The Good Heart Krewe). Here he is at their Pageant and Ball:
Curly Faulk, King of Krewe du Bon Coeur
Queen Bon Coeur XIII Lynn Bourque and King Bon Coeur XIII Curley Faulk

From the Southwest Daily News, Sunday, January 17, 2010, Pg 10B:
The Krewe du Bon Coeur opened its 2010 Mardi Gras social season with its 13th pageant and ball, "Une Nuit au Moulin Rouge," January 16 in the Habibi Shrine Center. The Krewe of the Good Heart has enjoyed 13 years of good times and good friendships.
King Bon Coeur XIII Curley Faulk represented The Moulin Rouge and was escorted by Krewe President, Sherry Campbell.
Queen Bon Coeur XIII Lynn Bourque represented the beautiful women of The Moulin Rouge and was escorted by Krewe Vice President, Gerald Bryant.

1 Jan 2010 I would like to wish all Cottonbalers a Happy New Year!

11 Nov 2009 Since today is Veterans day, I want to say thank you to all veterans alive and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, in order for all of us to have the freedom that we enjoy, I have friends and relatives that were in WW II, Korea, Vietnam, The Cold War, and Desert Storm and some who are now in Iraq and Afghanistan, so to all who have served or are serving, Thank You.

Below is a poem by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
Please read it and remember what they did or are doing for us.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

10 Nov 2009 Wreaths for Warriors Walk holds their 3rd Annual Wreath Ceremony at noon on Saturday, December 12, 2009 on Cottrell Field, Ft. Stewart, GA.
Warriors Walk is a series of walkways surrounding Cottrell Parade Field on Ft. Stewart, GA, home of the 3rd Infantry Division. An Easter Redbud tree is planted along the walk for each 3rd ID soldier who dies serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. A small granite marker is inscribed with the soldiers name. This December there will be 421 trees along the walk including twenty-eight soldiers of the 7th Infantry Regiment.
Wreaths for Warriors Walk (W4WW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the sacrifice of the soldiers and their families. Each year since 2007, W4WW has collected donations to place a wreath on each of the trees along Warriors Walk. They hold a solemn ceremony and invite everyone to come out. In 2008 over 3,000 attended including 150 family members of the soldiers memorialized on the walk.
You may find out more about W4WW by visiting their web site at Wreaths for Warrior Walk
I would like to see all of the Cottonbalers in the area join in the Wreath Laying Ceremony on the 12th of December. I also recommend anyone interested in Donating for the purchase of these wreaths to do so also.

I will not be able to attend this year's ceremony because I'll be at Arlington National Cemetery doing the wreath laying there. Everyone in the D.C. area is invited. More information on the Arlington Cemetery Wreath Laying event, and at other National Cemeteries, can be found on the Wreaths Across America web site
A video telling the story of this event is posted on their web site and on YouTube.

10 Aug 2009

Mark Your Calendars!

The dates and location for the 2010 Reunion have been established. 13-16 May 2010 at the Embassy Suites in Brunswick, GA. See the Reunion Page for the latest information.

14 Jul 2009

I have received the latest update from Monika Stoy on the Operation Dragoon 65th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony on 4 Aug 2009. The schedule is as follows:

August 4th, 2009
1830 - 2030 hours Historical Round Table Discussion with veterans and historians for early arrivals. Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme Street, Va 22204.
Dress casual
August 5th, 2009
0900 - 1000 hours Commemorative Ceremony, Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery
1015-1025 hours Wreath Laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknowns
1030 hours Wreath Laying at the 3rd Infantry Monument
1040 hours A moment of silence at Audie Murphy graveside
1050 hours Movement to Fort Myer Officers Club
1130 to 1300 hours Luncheon at Fort Myer Officers Club
1300 to 1500 hours Historical Round Table with veterans and historians
1500 to 1530 hours Closing Remarks
Dress Code — Military: Service Dress, Civilian: Business attire

9 Jul 2009 I have received an update from Monika Stoy:

Here is the latest invitation letter which includes a firm event schedule, beginning at 0900 at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery. Link up for transportation to the ceremony will be at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, next to Henderson Hall, no later than 0830.

I would like to invite your organization members to join us at a memorial ceremony my outpost will be conducting on 5 August at 0900 at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery honoring the veterans of the United States Armed Forces who participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France, in August 1944.

We all watched the Normandy 65th Anniversary activities on the news this June. As always the ceremonies were first class and our veterans were well treated and appropriately feted. Sadly, so very few Americans know of the 15 August 1944 landings in Southern France in which the 7th Army (3ID, 36th ID, 45th ID), with the 1st Allied Airborne Task Force (1st AATF), and the 1st Special Service Force, played major roles, with the superb support of the US Army Air Corps and the US Navy.

We are conducting our commemorative ceremony and further events that day to gain national media recognition for the veterans of this Forgotten D-Day. The ceremony will be followed by a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, another wreath laying at the 3ID monument and a short remembrance at the grave of Audie Murphy, and the day will conclude with a luncheon and historical discussion panels at the Fort Myer Officers Club.

We are working hard to have as many veterans who landed and fought in Southern France in August 1944 in attendance as we can find. We also want as many of their families and friends to join us as possible. These great veterans have gone unrecognized for 64 years and we really want to correct that in this 65th anniversary year.

At this time I already have received commitments from LTG (ret.) Grange and LTG (ret.) Seitz as 1st ABTF veterans to participate on 5 May. From the 3ID Infantry Division I have MG (ret) Lloyd B. Ramsey, who landed at Cavalaire as a Battalion Commander in the 7th Infantry Regiment, MG (ret) Daniel Raymond who landed as B/10th Engineers Commander, as well as other 3ID and airborne veterans of the fighting in Southern France. We have invited veterans of all the commands who participated in Dragoon. We also have three distinguished historians for our panel: Gerard Devlin, author of Paratrooper!, Dr. John McManus, author of numerous well received military history books, and Kevin Hymel, historian for Army Freedom Team Salute.
Editors Note: Dr. John McManus is the Historian for the 7th Infantry Regiment.

I can be reached at telephone number (703) 912 4218, this email address, or at snail mail: Monika Stoy, 6531 Milva Lane, Springfield, VA 22150. As time is short, email or phone are the preferred method of communications. Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you and your WWII veteran members, soon!

Rock of the Marne!

Monika Stoy
Outpost Europe
Society of the 3rd Infantry Division

26 Jun 2009 This is from Monika Stoy of the Society of the 3rd ID:

Dear 3rd Infantry Division team mates, I am contacting you because your outposts may have members who participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France, in August 1944.

Operation Dragoon

We all watched the Normandy 65th Anniversary activities on the news this June. As always the ceremonies were first class and our veterans were well treated and feted. This brings me to the sad point that so very few Americans know of the landings in Southern France in which the 7th Army, with the 1st AATF and the 1st Special Service Force, played major roles. In an effort to gain some national recognition in the media for the veterans of Operation Dragoon, I am working with the Army Historical Foundation to host a media event on 5 August at Fort Myer , Virginia with as many veterans who landed in Southern France in August 1944 in attendance as we can find. With hard work and a little luck we hope to arrange for a prominent government official or well-known personality to join us for the event and generate national press attention for our great veterans.

If you or someone you know participated in the landings in Southern France, fought their way up the Rhone Valley or secured the flank of that movement on the border of Italy , and are able to get to Northern Virginia on 5 August, we’d love to hear from you! Let’s make their 65th Anniversary of the second and Forgotten D-Day as memorable as the Normandy celebration.

At this time I already have received a commitment from LTG (ret.) Grange as a 1st AATF veteran to participate on 5 May. From the 3ID side I have MG (ret) Lloyd B. Ramsey, who landed at Cavalaire as a Battalion Commander in the 7th Infantry Regiment.

I can be reached at telephone number (703) 912 4218, this email address, or at snail mail: Monika Stoy, 6531 Milva Lane, Springfield, VA 22150. As time is short, email or phone are the preferred method of communications. Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you and your WWII veteran members, soon!

Rock of the Marne!

Monika Stoy
Outpost Europe
Society of the 3rd Infantry Division

8 Jun 2009 History of the 7th Infantry Regiment
American Courage, American Carnage, the 2nd volume on the history of the 7th Infantry Regiment by our Historian John C. McManus is now available. American Courage, American Carnage is an inside look at the drama, tragedy, fatigue and pathos of war, from America's early nineteenth century struggles as a fledgling republic to its emergence as a superpower in the twentieth. Based on nearly a decade of archival research, battlefield visits, interviews, and intensive study, and illustrated with copious maps and photographs, this book is a moving, authoritative, tale of Americans in combat.

1 Jun 2009 The long awaited photos from the 2009 Reunion are now posted online! Head on over to the Reunion page for the link to the 2009 Reunion Photos.
And coming soon, a short video taken by one of the members of the Abrams tank firing it's Main Gun!

20 May 2009 In Honor of Memorial Day:
Memorial Day 3

Memorial Day 2
Memorial Day 4

20 May 2009 The 2009 Reunion is now over and I know that I had a wonderful time. I'm still working on organizing the photos and everything. But as a preview, here is the group photo that was taken in the DTOC on Friday.
2009 Reunion Group Photo

16 May 2009 The 2009 reunion is currently ongoing and so far I have to say it's been a great success. In just a few minutes I'm heading down to the Regimental Banquet. I'll be posting more on the Reunion once I get back home. For the moment, I want to announce that effective 1 Jul 2009 the cost of new Life Memberships will increase. So, if you've been thinking about becoming a Life Membership, now is the time to apply before the new rates go into effect. I'll be posting photos from the Reunion soon.

2 Apr 2009 I have received 2 photos from the 3-7 IN Change of Command.
3-7 Change of Command
3-7 IN Change of Command

24 Mar 2009 On 11 March 2009, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment conducted a Change of Command. LTC Tim Newsome relinquished command to LTC Richard Cleveland. I would like to welcome LTC Cleveland to the Cottonbalers, the Army's Premiere Infantry Regiment. Hopefully I'll have some photos of the Change of Command soon.
In addition, since the Change of Command, 3rd Battalion has begun their conversion from a Combined Arms Battalion to a Light Infantry Battalion.

29 Dec 2008 I have received a Press Release from the Anzio Beachhead Veterans of World War II, Inc. announcing the 30th Annual Reunion of the Anzio Beachhead Veterans of World War II. The Reunion will be held in Savannah, GA, April 26th - 29th 2009.
For more information, contact:
John Boller
1 Harbor North
Amityville, NY 11701

19 Dec 2008 This is from Monika Stoy of the Society of the 3rd ID:

The former mayor/local historian of Ostheim, France convinced the locals to dedicate a tablet to honor fallen Marne soldiers. The dedication ceremony will take a place on 8 May 2009 in Ostheim. I and other members will be there after we attend the annual commemoration ceremony on Obersalzburg. On the tablet, it will have their names, ranks, units, home towns, and their ages.

All were 1st BN, 7th RI

Please, inform your members of these great events in May 2009:
5 May - Berchtesgaden/Obersalzburg, Germany
8 May - Ostheim/ Sigolsheim, France

I'm coordinating with mayors of Salzburg, Austria, Augsburg, and Bad Reichenhall, Germany for dedication ceremonies to honor our Marne soldiers of 1945. If anyone is interested in attending these ceremonies, please, have them contact me via e-mail .

19 Dec 2008 3rd Battalion is in the middle of their return to Fort Stewart from Iraq. I was able to attend the Welcome Home Ceremonies on 10 Dec. It was another truly heart-warming event. I'll be posting some photos shortly.

4 Dec 2008 D Company, 1st Battle Group, 7th Infantry Regiment (1958) had their 50th Reunion at Columbus, GA/Fort Benning in Oct. Here are some photos from that reunion, courtesy of Jim Beckworth.

3 Dec 2008 The 2009 Reunion is set for 14-17 May in Savannah, GA The Reunion Page has the latest information along with an Application.

15 Nov 2008 I've done a complete redesign of the web site. I sure hope you like the new look. If you find any broken links or just want to comment on the site, please drop me a line.

22 Oct 2008 I have added some photos from the 2008 Reunion.

15 Oct 2008 The latest update from 2-7 IN is on-line.

15 Oct 2008 The 2008 Reunion has come and gone. I certainly hope that everyone in attendance had a wonderful time. During the General Membership it was decided that the 2009 Reunion will be in Savannah, GA in order to "reconnect" with the Active Battalions. For the first time in several years, and maybe the last for several more, both Battalions will be at Fort Stewart, GA. The Winter Newsletter will have all of the information for the 2009 Reunion. The Reunion Page will also be updated as I get the information.

17 Jun 2008 Association Vice President Ernie Jackson received a New York State Legislative Resolution recently for his tireless dedication to veterans and his country.
NY State Legislative Resolution for Ernie Jackson

6 Jun 2008 The latest Newsletter from TF 3-7 is now on-line.

13 May 2008 John McManus's history of the 7th Infantry Regiment Volume 1, The 7th Infantry Regiment, Combat in an Age of Terror, is now available.
7th Inf Reg, Combat in an Age of Terror Front Cover

31 Mar 2008 The main Body of TF 2-7 arrived back at Fort Stewart last week. Here are some photos from the Welcome Home Ceremonies held at Cottrell Field for each flight. One Flight arrived after midnight and the family members were there waiting for them.
TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremonies TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony TF 2-7 Welcome Home Ceremony

9 Mar 2008 TF 3-7 IN has published their February 2008 Newsletter. Check out the ODS Section for more information.

15 Jan 2008 TF 3-7 IN has published their January 2008 Newsletter. A Co, TF 3-7 IN held a Ground-breaking ceremony for the Jurf as Sakhr town hall. Check out the ODS Section for more information.

4 Jan 2008 TF 2-7 IN has published their January 2008 Newsletter. Check out the ODS Section for more information.

28 Dec 2007 I have just received some photos of TF 2-7 celebrating Christmas. You can view the photos in the ODS Section.

25 Dec 2007 GEN Petraeus, Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander, stopped by TF 2-7 on Christmas morning. The ODS Section has some photos of the General. Photos of B Company at Combat Outpost (COP) Akashat on Christmas Eve are also there.

23 Dec 2007 Students broadcast concert for soldiers

Six New York school districts united to present a holiday concert via the Intranet.

They don't have the celebrity status of Bob Hope or other USO headliners. And, it certainly isn't possible for them to hop a plane to fly overseas. But, that isn't stopping more than 300 locals music students from entertaining the U.S. troops in Iraq this holiday season.

Following the spirited tradition of USO performers who have been brightening the holidays for lonely GIs since the 1940s, the music departments from five local school districts schools are uniting Tuesday, Dec. 18 to perform a special holiday concert for the troops. Unlike the USO, which for safety reasons must perform concerts in designated safe zones, video conferencing technology will enable the schools to bring this concert directly to the soldiers serving on the front lines.

The Songs for Troops concert is being organized by Chester Middle School Principal Ernest Jackson, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served most of his military career in the 3rd Infantry Division. A member of the 7th Infantry Regiment Association Board of Directors, Jackson has been coordinating local participation in the retirement association's Operation Direct Support for the past four years. While he continues to solicit donations for soldier care packages and cards, Songs for Troops is a way of getting a large number of students actively involved in a community service project that will touch an even larger number of soldiers - many of whom are away from their families for the first time.

Below is the list of participating schools:

  • Chester Middle School - Chester Union Free School District, Chester, NY
  • C. J. Hooker Middle School - Goshen Central School District, Goshen, NY
  • Minisink Valley Middle School - Minisink Valley Central School District, Slate Hill, NY
  • Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School - Port Jervis City School District, Port Jervis, NY
  • Robert J. Kaiser Middle School - Monticello Central School School, Monticello, NY
  • Warwick Valley Middle School - Warwick Valley Central School District, Warwick, NY

17 Dec 2007 The Mid-East edition of the Stars and Stripes has had several articles that chronicled the activities of TF 3-7 in their new home of FOB Iskan south of Baghdad.

6 Nov 2007 TF 2-7 IN has published their November 2007 Newsletter. Check out the ODS Section for more information.

10 Oct 2007 The 2008 Reunion will be held 18-21 Sep 2008 in Columbus, GA. in conjunction with the Society of the 3rd Infantry Division 89th Annual Reunion. Further information is listed in the Reunion Section.

23 Aug 2007 I have received a recommendation for an author, Kristin Henderson, that I think should be forwarded on to everyone. Her book While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront is an in-depth portrait of military spouses in wartime. Kristin, a Quaker, is married to a Navy chaplain who served with the Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition, Association member Larry Bradley is also an author who has a book ( Neither Liberal nor Conservative Be) out.

6 Aug 2007 TF 2-7 IN has published their August 2007 Newsletter. Check out the ODS Section for more information.

18 Jul 2007 TF 2-7 IN has published their July 2007 Newsletter. Check out the ODS Section for more information.

10 Jun 2007 MAJ Chris Carter, former A/3-7 Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, is back in Iraq. This time he is the leader of a Military Transition Team. He also has a column in the Athens, GA newspaper, the Athens Banner-Herald. His latest column is now available on-line. Registration is required, but it's free. Here is his message with the link to his article included:

Greetings from the outskirts of Baghdad. It's another month or so here and it's certifiably hot now. I guess I have another reason to look forward to football season. I figure about three or four weeks into the season, the highs here will only be in the 90s. Well, maybe five or six weeks into the season.
My team continues to drive on. Our guys have started to take their R&R leave now. Actually on our third on now. That's another sign that time is moving along here.
Our work with the Iraqi Army is beginning to get interesting. We're past the point of "building" a working relationship with them and feel we need to start pushing them to get better. Lots of pushing back though. Looking back, I see why it was so easy to kick their tails before. Maybe it's just that professionalism is standard in our Army or should I say professionalism means something completely different to us.
The work continues to be rewarding. Though working with some of the IA officers is a complete pain in the rear, there are others that make our work enjoyable. I just wish we could get the good ones promoted to positions of influence.
Thanks for all of your continued prayers. We really appreciate them and there are times when I can truly feel the Lord's influence here.
Another article is up for your reading. This one might upset some people.... Here's the link:
Until later, y'all stay safe and Go Dawgs!
MAJ Chris Carter
United States Army

9 Jun 2007 The 3rd Infantry Division (TF Marne) is publishing a daily newspaper ( The Dog Face Daily) and a weekly/monthly publication ( The Marne Focus) while they are deployed in Iraq.

1 Jun 2007 Announcing the return of the Redcatchers of the 199th Infantry Brigade!
On June 27th, 2007, at Fort Benning, GA, the 199th Infantry Brigade will be reactivated and assigned to the Infantry School as a Training Brigade. This is part of a TRADOC-wide re-flagging of all training brigades linking initial military training to the army's transformation and generation of modular brigade combat teams. In TRADOC, the brigade re-flag enhances the training and retention of junior leaders and Soldiers by providing bona fide histories, traditions and veteran alumni as tools to help foster unit cohesion and esprit de corps. A portion of the Redcatcher newsletter detailing this event and the redesignation is available here.

1 Jun 2007 The National Museum of the U.S. Army recognizes the service and sacrifice of the American Soldier at home and around the world, at war and during peace.
The Registry of the American Soldier provides an opportunity for anyone who served in the U.S. Army to have his or her name and service history placed on record at the Museum. If you served, you need to be in the Registry!
You may also register the name of a family member or friend, if they currently serve, or have served in the U.S. Army, or submit someone from the past.

31 May 2007 TF 2-7 IN has published their May-June 2007 Newsletter. Check out the ODS Section for more information.

20 May 2007 The 2007 Annual Reunion, held in New Orleans, has just concluded. Check out the Reunion page for information on the 2008 Reunion and photos from this year's reunion.

8 May 2007 A grave marker dedication and cemetery recognition ceremony was held at the grave site of Mark (Martin) Franklin, War of 1812 Veteran and a "5 Year man" in the 7th Infantry Regiment. The ceremony was held at noon, Saturday 21 April 2007, just outside Georgiana, AL. Some photos of the ceremony are here.

3 Mar 2007 According to the Army Times, The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a resolution calling on a day to honor Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the House Armed Services Committee chairman and chief sponsor of the House-passed resolution, said the bill “seeks to recognize the heroism and sacrifice of the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients.” The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has been pushing for the designation of a day of recognition for the award that was established in 1861 and has been given to 3,444 people, including 112 who are still living.
“We are thrilled that Congress has recognized the important legacy of recipients of the Medal of Honor and of all members of the Armed Forces,” said Nick Kehoe, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. “An annual, national day of recognition is an excellent way to remember these American heroes and foster public appreciation for the important values these veterans represent.”

23 Feb 2007 Gary Limmer is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry (66-67) and an Association member. His veteran-owned business is Pride of
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8 Feb 2007 The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit corporation that provides comfort and aid to the most severely injured service men and women returning from the current military conflicts abroad. Contributions to the Project are tax deductible.

6 Feb 2007 Task Force 2-7 INF has arrived at FOB Hit and the various Bases in Task Force 2-7 Infantry's Area of Responsibility. Check out the ODS Section for more information.

15 Jan 2007 The U.S. Army has started a new program entitled the U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute Program. The Freedom Team Salute program gives Active, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers an opportunity to recognize parents, spouses and employers for the support and strength they provide, while you serve to protect our freedom and American way of life. The Freedom Team Salute is recognition program and provided at no cost to the recipient or the nominator.
As a special thanks to our Nation's veterans, the Army would like to send a Freedom Team Salute to veterans for their dedicated service and continued support of today's Soldiers.

27 Nov 2006 Hershey Miyamura MOH Korea Monument Dedication
The Society of the 3rd Infantry Division has a reference to the dedication of the Medal of Honor Monument Dedication in Gallop, NM for Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura. The ceremony took place on 19 Aug 2006. The Gallop Independent Newspaper also has an article about the ceremony.

2 Nov 2006 Welcome to the redesigned web site. As the new webmaster, I'm interested in your comments and thoughts (both good and bad) on the web site. I'm also looking for some interesting photos and stories ( can be as small as a paragraph) of your time with the Cottonbalers. Coming shortly will be a section dedicated to the "Old Guard." Here is where I'll post any photos and stories that you send me. And for those of you who are active-duty Cottonbalers, you'll also have a section for your photos and stories.
Thanks. David Spanburg, webmaster.

10 Oct 2006 The Army Historical Foundation is creating a registry that will contain the names and service records of U.S. soldiers in conjunction with the campaign to establish a National Museum of the U.S. Army (scheduled to open at Fort Belvior, VA., in five to six years). Information can be entered by veteran and currently serving active and reserve soldiers, family members and friends of deceased veterans, and descendants of soldiers who served in active Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, Army Air Corps (Army Air Forces), Women's Army Corps, and Women's Army Air Corps from 1775 to present.

4 Apr 2005 The White House announced that President George W. Bush will honor Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith on the second anniversary of his courageous actions during the Battle of Baghdad Airport. The Medal of Honor will be presented to the Smith family during a White House ceremony, April 4.

8 Jan 2005 The 2005 observance of the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 was made particularly special by the dedication of a memorial to the 7th Infantry Regiment and other units that participated in the battle 190 years ago.

11 Apr 2002 7th Infantry Regiment ceremoniously recognized as " New Orleans Own."