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 www.w4ww.org or our facebook page www.facebook.com/wreaths4warriorswalk
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.
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.
|24 Oct 2013||
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 give.wreathsacrossamerica.org/arlington.
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:
Thank you for your support.
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.
|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.
|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.
|26 Dec 2012|
|26 Dec 2012||
Here are the Results of the survey from the Summer issue of the Newsletter:
|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:
If you haven't taken the time to fill it out and send it in, I ask that you do soon.
|25 Jun 2012||
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
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
|18 May 2012||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.
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.
|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.
|9 Sep 2011|
|29 Aug 2011||
Joe Carrasco graciously sent me his copy of the 1963 1/7 IN Cottonbalers Yearbook.
|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|
|13 Apr 2011||
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.
|13 Apr 2011||
Photo by Jim Beckworth
|25 Mar 2011||
2-7 IN Change of Command
LTC Todd Kelly assumes command of 2-7 IN from LTC Greg Sierra
|10 Mar 2011||
2-7 IN Change of Command Invitation
|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.
He will be missed.
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