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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

11 Apr 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the application deadline for the Boswell Scholarship has been extended to 3 Jul 2020.

10 Mar 2019

I've heard from different people that the reservation information for the reunion isn,\'t working. The best way to make reservations is to call the front desk directly. I also found out that Chattanooga renamed the street.
So here is the hotel information with the new street address and the direct number to the hotel�s front desk:

The Read House
107 ML King Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37402

You need to make your hotel reservations NLT 15 April.

4 Jul 2018

2019 Reunion Information
The dates and hotel for the 2019 Reunion in Chattanooga, TN have selected along with a proposed schedule for the reunion. The information available is on the Reunion Page. Check back later for more details on Registration, the Hotel costs and a finalized schedule.

12 Aug 2017

Photos from the 2017 Reunion, held in Savannah, GA, are now online.

26 Mar 2017

Addition to the 2017 Cottonbaler Reunion:
Just received word that the schedule for the trip to Fort Stewart. Our first stop now will be at Cottrell Field for the Change of Command for 2-7 Infantry. Afterwards we�ll have lunch in the Dining Facility and then lay w wreath at the Cottonbaler Memorial. We�ll end the day at the new 3rd ID Museum.

16 Feb 2017

2017 Reunion Information!
The Reunion information has been finalized and is now avaiable here.
The dates and location are still the same, 29 May - Jun 2017 at the Hilton De Soto Hotel in Savannah, GA. Looking forward to getting together. Looks like we have a great reunion planned. Hope to see all of you there.

29 JUn 2016

We are currently just under a year out from our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the 7th Infantry Regiment Association (Cottonbalers) at our 2017 Reunion in Savannah, Georgia (29 May � 1 June 2017). Remember we changed to a Monday thru Thursday schedule to keep your cost down in Savannah. The reunion will be at the Hilton Savannah Desoto, 15 East Liberty Street. Here is a tentative schedule of events for the reunion.

5 July 2015

I know that the reunion was a month ago, but I just finished going thru my photos and posted some that I took here .

14 March 2015

I'll see you there!

Remember you must Register by 28 April!

27 Feb. 2015

I have received the final Reunion Schedule and Registration form for the 2015 Reunion in New Orleans. The complete information is located on the Reunion page. Hope to see everyone there. Remember, this is the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans and where the 7th Infantry Regiment earned its nickname, Cottonbalers

19 Jan. 2015

I have posted the Tentative Schedule for the 2015 Reunion that is being held 28-31 May in New Orleans. This year is the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans and where the 7th Infantry Regiment earned its nickname, Cottonbalers. Hope to see all Cottonbalers in New Orleans in May!

11 Aug. 2014

You're Invited!

2/7 Infantry is extending an invitation to their Battalion Ball at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott the evening of Saturday, 4 October 2014. General Le Moyne will speak at the banquet. POC for coordination is CPT Cristina Meyer, 2/7IN S-1 Phone: 912-767-3946.

11 Aug. 2014

You're Invited!

Both Battalions have invited the 7th Infantry Regiment Association members to the 3rd Infantry Division EIB Graduation Ceremony on the Division Parade Field at 0800 on Friday, 3 October 2014.

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

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