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.

News and Updates

24 OCt 2013

Wreaths for Warriors Walk 7th Annual Ceremony

We are getting near the holiday season again. In addition to all the joyous celebration, it's a time for remembering those families who have lost loved ones; loved ones like the 466 brave men and women who are memorialized on Warriors Walk at Ft. Stewart .

As a previous donor you know that Warriors Walk is, and what it means to the soldiers of 3rdInfantry Division, the community, and most importantly, the family and friends of the soldiers memorialized on the walk.

For the past six years, with the generous help of donors like you, we have raised the funds to place wreaths on all of the trees at a solemn ceremony. We are registered as a non-profit corporation in GA, and we have been granted tax-exempt status from the IRS. You can get more information by visiting our website at or our facebook page

For this, our seventh year, Wreaths for Warriors Walk is again asking for donations to place a wreath on each of the trees. There are several ways to donate on line.

  1. Simply go to PayPal and send a donation to, you can find a link to PayPal on our website,
  2. Look for the “Donate Now” tab on our facebook page,
  3. New this year, Wreaths Across America has set up a page for us where you can donate a wreath directly through them (this is where we get our wreaths from). The link is The site automatically generates a receipt for your taxes.

The cost of one wreath is $15, but all donations are welcome. Donations are tax deductible. While you’re on our facebook page, please check out the “Heroes” album for pictures of the some of the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Many of these pictures were submitted by family members and are very personal.

This year’s ceremony is at noon on Saturday, December 14, 2013. We hope you can attend. Please keep the soldiers and families of all our men and women in uniform in your thoughts and prayers.

Tony Justi

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), US Army

President, Wreaths for Warriors Walk

24 Oct 2013

Wreaths Across America

Dear Volunteer,

We want to thank you for your support of Wreaths Across America. Your support is the heart and soul of our mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach about the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

We would like to invite you to check out our new page for Arlington National Cemetery which you can see at

Our goal this year is to place 135,000 wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on December 14th and we need your help to reach our goal.

Here are the simple ways that you can help us:

  1. Sponsor a wreath for Arlington. Click here to sponsor a wreath now .
  2. Share the Arlington National Cemetery page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other media networks.Go to the page now by clicking here.
  3. Ask your friends to sponsor a wreath for Arlington National Cemetery by going to to the Arlington National Cemetery page at .
  4. Ask your friends to share the Arlington National Cemetery page with their friends.
  5. Support us through the CFC. Wreaths Across America is part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) so if you or your friends contribute to the CFC program please consider listing WAA’s code #66860 when making your pledge.

Thank you for your support.

Wayne Hanson

In Addition, on 14 Dec 2013, it's 'National Wreaths Across America Day 2013'. Join us at Arlington National Cemetery or any of the over 800+ participating locations nationwide for this special day of honor and remembrance, as we say thank you to our veterans and their families for all they sacrifice for our freedoms.

Use this link to find a participating location nearest to you.

24 Sep 2013

I received some sad news last night from our Historian, John McManus:

I want to let everyone know that I received a call this evening from Anastasia Pratt, wife of former Regimental Historian and longtime Association Member Sherman Pratt. Sherm passed away last night (22 Sep 2013) at 8 PM in Arlington, VA. I believe he was 92 years old. I do not believe there is any specific information yet on funeral arrangements.

Sherm joined the 7th Infantry as a private in 1939, straight out of high school. He served with the 7th from North Africa to the end of the war, earning a battlefield commission. He was the commander of L Company, the first unit into Berchtesgaden in May 1945. He also was a company commander with the 2nd ID during the Korean War. He eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Sherm had a major role in establishing the 7th Infantry Regiment Association in the 1980s and he was my predecessor as Regimental Historian. He was a truly wonderful person with a great sense of humor and a keen intellect. Needless to say, he was also a Cottonbaler to the bone.

As I find out more information, I will post it here.

24 Sep 2013 I know this is late, but I want to welcome LTC Chad Chalfont as the new Commander of 2-7 IN and CSM Anthony Walker as the new Command Sergeant Major for 2-7 IN. I also would like to wish LTC TK KElly and his family best wishes in his next assignment working with NATO. The Change of Command Ceremony was conducted on 27 Aug 2013 at Fort Stewart.

23 Jul 2013

On Friday, July 12th, 2013, the 2-7 IN Battalion held their Post-Deployment Award Ceremony and a re-edication of the Cottonbaler Monument with the completion of the Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn Campaigns and the Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign.

The ceremony was wonderful. The ceremony started with the Awarding of the Campaign Streamers for Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn to the 2-7 IN Colors. Then the Cottonbaler was unveiled by LTC Kelly and CSM Burns with the assistance of Cottonbaler Members Gene Owens and Dave Jensen. This was followed by comments from LTC Kelly, 2-7 Commander. He then presented the awards to the Battalion staff and then the Company Commanders and First Sergeants. The the Company Commanders started to present the awards to their soldiers. Just before the presention to all of the soldiers was completed, it started to rain. And then it really started to rain. The Ceremony was completed while it was still raining.

Here are some of the photos I took before and during the ceremony.

22 JUl 2013

I have posted some photos from this year's Reunion

4 Jun 2013

Mark Your Calendars!

Everyone is invited to the 2-7 IN Post-Deployment Award Ceremony and Cottonbaler Monument Rededication on July 12th, 2013 at 1330 hours.

2-7 Award Ceremony

26 Dec 2012 2013 Reunion

26 Dec 2012

Survey Results

Here are the Results of the survey from the Summer issue of the Newsletter:

  1. Q1: How ofter should we have a reunion:
    42.8% - Every Other Year
    33.3% - Every Year
    10% - Only with the Society of the 3rd ID
    14% - Not interested in attending Reunion*
    (* All listed poor health and/or age as reasons for not attending reunions)
  2. Q2: When should we have the Reunion:
    I received answers for almost every month and every season except winter.
    50% - Summer (either the season or the months of late May, June, July, August or early September)
    25% - Spring
    40% - Fall
    Yes this is more than 100% since I counted late spring and early fall in with the summer choise along with the spring and fall choices
  3. Q3: What days of the week:
    50% - Weekends
    33% - Weekdays
    16.7 - No opinion
  4. Q4: Top Destinations
    Here I received suggestions for almost 30 different locations.
    • 18.75% - Savannah/Ft. Stewart, GA
    • 8% - Ft. Benning, GA
    • 8% - New Orleans, LA
    • 6% - San Antonio, TX
    • 4% - Reno, NV
    • 4% - Washington, DC
    • 4% - St. Louis, MO
    • The remaining 20 locations each was submitted only once.
  5. Q5: Resonable room rate:
    75% - Under $125

3 Aug 2012

Initial Preliminary Survey Results

I have started to get some responses to my survey that was included in the Summer Issue of the Cottonbaler Newsletter.

Here are some of the preliminary results:

  1. Q1: How ofter should we have a reunion:
    50% - Every Other Year
    25% - Not interested in attending Reunion
  2. Q2: When should we have the Reunion:
    40% - June timeframe
  3. Q3: What days of the week:
    45% - Weekends
    45% - Weekdays
  4. Q4: Top Destinations
    • Savannah, GA
    • San Antonio, TX
    • Las Vegas, NV
    • Washington, DC
    • St. Louis, MO
    • Reno, NV
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Ft. Benning, GA
    These all received multiple votes
  5. Q5: Resonable room rate:
    75% - Under $125

If you haven't taken the time to fill it out and send it in, I ask that you do soon.
I will be presenting this information and some more details in the Fall Newsletter.

25 Jun 2012


The Officers and Board of Directors held a Conference Call last night and the location and tentative dates for the 2013 Reunion was determined. With both Battalions deployed, it was decided that instead of Savannah, that the reunion should be held in DC. None of Board members could remember attending a Reunion in DC, so it's time. The Dates have been tentatively identified as 30 May - 2 Jun 2013. I'm saying tentative because we will need to see if we can a better rate by holding the reunion during the week insted of the weekend. Stay tuned for further information.

22 Jun 2012

The 2012 Reunion has come and gone. We had a very small turnout this year. And for those who missed it, you missed a really great reunion. The new National Infantry Museum is really worth the visit. In addition, we also attended a Graduation Ceremony for 2 companies of brand new Infantry Soldiers. I have posted some photos from the reunion. You can find them on the Reunion Page.
At the Regimental Dinner on Saturday, John Le Moyne was recognized as the new Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. I know that he will serve the Association, the Regiment and the Battalions well.

One of the things we learned while at the Reunion in the briefings given by both 2-7 and 3-7 is that both Battalions will be deployed next year. That may change our plans for next year's reunion. There is a Teleconference planned for this weekend to discuss this issue. Hopefully the location for next year's reunion will be announced. Stay tuned here for updates.

18 May 2012

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.

8 Feb 2012

Our historian, John McManus has a new book getting ready to come out. September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far will be released on 5 Jun 2012.

September Hope Front Cover

At the end of August 1944, the Allied world was filled with hope. The Allies had just experienced what was, for them, the greatest month of the war. In the Pacific, the Americans had just taken the Mariana Islands and the Japanese were in full retreat everywhere. In Europe, Soviet armies had annihilated more than twenty German divisions and had pushed the hated enemy from Russia. Indeed, Soviet forces were deep inside Poland, at the edge of Warsaw. In the West, General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s burgeoning armies had liberated Paris, along with the rest of France. Flushed with victory and the possibility of an imminent end to the war, British, Canadian and American armored columns plunged into Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Rumors swirled that the war would end any day now and that everyone would be home for Christmas. The Germans were in disarray, overwhelmed on all fronts, losing soldiers by the thousands, even as Allied bombers pulverized their cities. For the Third Reich it seemed the end was near. At least that was the hope. Then came September and Holland.

Eisenhower wanted to invade Germany on a broad front but, by September, his supply situation was so perilous that he could only make a major effort on one part of his front. He now made a momentous decision that decided the future course of the war. Spurred on by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, he chose to launch a major attack in Holland. Together they unleashed Operation Market-Garden, an ambitious airborne and armored operation designed to knife through Holland, capture key bridges and invade Germany from the north. The ultimate goal (or hope) was to dash east to Berlin and end the war by the time the leaves began to fall. This is the story of that tragic battle, told from the perspective of those Americans who experienced it. SEPTEMBER HOPE is a World War II epic, carrying on in the tradition of A BRIDGE TOO FAR.

23 Jan 2012

Unfortunately I just received word that the Cottonbaler Birthday Dinner has been put on hold. No new date has been selected.

6 Jan 2011

Happy New Year!

In addition to the New Year, we are also celebrating the 200th Birthday of the Regiment with a Birthday Dinner on 13 January at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, Savannah, GA. Both 2-7 and 3-7 IN will be there. 200th Birthday Dinner
I hope you all will be able to attend this celebration.
Please RSVP to LT Zachary Fenn (757-778-7003) ASAP!

9 Sep 2011

3-7 IN Change of Command will be held 19 Sep 2011.
Here is your invitation:
3-7 IN Change of Command Invitation
Please RSVP to CPT Bell via e-mail or 912-435-7685 (Office) or 727-501-2818 (Cell) NLT 15 Sep.
Hope to see you all there.

29 Aug 2011

Joe Carrasco graciously sent me his copy of the 1963 1/7 IN Cottonbalers Yearbook.
I have scanned in each page and created a Photo Gallery for the book. It can be found in the Photo Gallery section of the web site.

5 Jul 2011

I have posted some photos from the 2011 Reunion. They can be found here.

21 Jun 2011

Well the 2011 Reunion was 10 days ago and I'm still excited by the wonderful time we all had. If you missed it, you missed a great reunion. Spending Friday touring the Gettysburg Battlefiled and seeing where Cottonbalers fought and died was very moving. We were able to stop at the Monument to the 7th Infantry along with stopping at the cemetery. Standing where President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address and seeing the graves of the fallen soldiers, to include Cottonbalers, was equally moving and impressive. We all relaxed on Saturday with a tour to Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. The Regimental Dinner was very nice and Chaplain (COL) Carter gave a great talk on leadership.

I'm working on the photos and I should have some posted in the next couple of days.

Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day 2011
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13 Apr 2011 3-7 IN

The 3-7 Infantry Battalion Tour Book is in the works. The book will begin with the 7th Infantry Regt Reunion in May 2010 where we honor the history of our unit and will continue through the Iraq deployment. It will include soldier and family events as well as the history of the unit. This is a wonderful memento of your time in the unit which can be shared with family and friends. It includes 2 full page history of the unit, written by John McManus in color as well as photos from the reunion. The rest of the book is filled with the units and families over the past year.

We are selling Yearbooks for $40 to offset the cost of our ball. If someone purchases a tour book they need to select ship to an address not ship to unit as we will be unable to ship any books from the unit. The ship to an address option allows the Yearbook to be shipped directly to their home. Order here:

Also we are selling Advertisements. Full Page color Ad is $100, 1/2 page is $50, 1/4 page is $25. These can be an ad for a business. It can be a welcome home Cottonbalers, pictures from way back when. Send us the info and pics and we can make an Ad. Email:

13 Apr 2011

2-7 Change of Command Photo by Jim Beckworth
Jim Beckworth (1/7 INF and 4/7 INF), LTC Todd Kelly (2-7 IN Commander) and Henry Burke (5/7 INF) at the Reception following the 2-7 IN Change of Command.

25 Mar 2011

2-7 IN Change of Command

LTC Todd Kelly assumes command of 2-7 IN from LTC Greg Sierra
2-7 Change of Command LTC Greg Sierra and staff 2-7 Change of Command LTC Kelly and COL Crider in front of LTC Sierra and the Company Commanders 2-7 Change of Command LTC Greg Sierra, COL James Crider and LTC Todd Kelly in front of the Colors, the Regimental Flag, the Company Commanders and the Company Guidons 2-7 Change of Command LTC Todd Kelly receiving the Regimental Colors from COL Crider during the Change of Command

We want to wish LTC Sierra and his family the best of luck in his next assignment.
We want to welcome LTC Kelly and his family back to the Cottonbalers.

10 Mar 2011

2-7 IN Change of Command Invitation

Hope to see you there.

5 Dec 2010

Eugene Daniel (Sam) Guy

I just received the following e-mail:

As most of you have already heard, Sam Guy passed away so very peacefully at 1:28am on Saturday the 4th of December, 2010. He was at home (“I want to be in my OWN house when I go“) in his favorite room and with people that truly cared for him. As he and I said to each other on many occasions, “It has been one heck of a ride! “ The past four months have been quite an experience. He knew that all his tasks had been completed and it was OK for him to move on to the next step. And he did so with grace. The 7th Regiment meant quite a bit to him (served with them in Korea as the American Red Cross Field Director) and he has collected funds and various material donations that he sent to the troops in the Middle East. So, in lieu of flowers, he would prefer a donation to the American Red Cross or the 7th Infantry Regiment in his name.
We will have a celebration at the American Legion, Post 66, located at 30 Covington Road in Avondale Estates, Georgia on Thursday, 9 December, from 1pm to 4pm. Come hoist a few in his honor and swap funny stories (you KNOW there are many to be shared). Food and full bar will be provided. We will have grave side services on Friday at 11am at Melwood Cemetery located at 5170 East Ponce de Leon Ave in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He will be laid to rest next to Mary and Mom. If you have any questions let me know; or if you just want to say “Hello “, please do. Warmest Regards,
Eugene Daniel Guy, Jr
4172 Summit Way
Marietta, GA 30066
(404) 307-1441

He will be missed.

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