2d Battalion
151st Infantry Regiment
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Nickname: Victory Division.

Shoulder patch: A green taro leaf bordered in yellow, superimposed on a red circle which is bordered in black.

During World War II, the 38th Infantry Division earned combat streamers for three campaigns in the Southwest Pacific, including spearheading the landings on Luzon in the Philippines that regained the Bataan Peninsula from the Japanese. The 151st Infantry performed security operations in the Culasian Point-Barugo area under the 24th Infantry Division.

The division was reassembled by 4 January 1945 and landed in the San Narcisco area of Luzon on 29 January without opposition. Subic Bay was gained with the capture of Grande Island by a battalion of the 151st Infantry as the port facilities at Olongapo fell 30 January 1945. The division then commenced the drive to clear Highway 7, all three regiments participating in the fierce Battle of Zig Zag Pass 1-14 February 1945, and Dinalupihan fell to the 149th Infantry on 5 February. The reinforced 151st Infantry landed at Mariveles, Bataan 15 February 1945 and defeated a major Japanese counterattack that night. The division pushed down the east coast road to Pilar and across the peninsula to Bagac, securing most of Bataan Peninsula by 21 February 1945.

A battalion of the 151st Infantry was detached to relieve the 3d Bn 34th Infantry  on Corregidor 24 February 1945 and assigned to garrison the island 8 March. The division moved to Fort Stotsenburg on 10 March and relieved the 43rd Infantry Division there. It then pushed west to destroy entrenched Japanese forces between the fort and Mt. Pinatubo. Battalion-sized landings were conducted in the meantime by the 151st Infantry at Caballo Island and Fort Drum (El Fraile Island) on 28 March, and Carabao island on 16 April.

 

25 February 1921

Activated in Hawaii as the Hawaiian Division.

26 August 1941. Redesignated the 24th Infantry Division
   

Battle Honor

New Guinea;

Decoration

Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for PAPUA

Battle Honor

Leyte;

Battle Honor

 Luzon (with arrowhead)

Decoration

 Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for CORREGIDOR

Decoration

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for 17 October 1944 to  4 July 1945

 1 December 1945

Inactivated 1 December 1945 in Japan

1 March 1963

redesignated  as the 18th Surgical Hospital

26 March 1963

Activated  at Fort Gordon, Georgia

Battle Honors

Vietnam: Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase VII; Consolidation I

Decoration

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1966-1967

Decoration

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1970-1971

31 August 1971

Inactivated  at Fort Lewis, Washington

18 November 1991

Activated  at Fort Lewis, Washington
Source: The Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning the Army of the United States, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950, pp. 510-592  
 
 

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