A Century of Valor: The First One Hundred Years of the Twenty-Eighth United States Infantry Regiment-Black Lions

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A Century of Valor: The First One Hundred Years of the Twenty-Eighth United States Infantry Regiment-Black Lions


Hymel, Kevin M., Army


A Century of Valor: The First One Hundred Years of the Twenty-Eighth United States Infantry Regiment-Black Lions. Col. Stephen L. Bowman, USA Ret. Cantigny First Division Foundation. 432 pages; photographs; maps; index; $25.

From the Philippine Insurrection to today, the Black Lions, 28th U.S. Infantry Regiment, have been at the cutting edge of combat for the United States. Begun as a light infantry regiment to deal with insurrectos in 1901, it became a Regular Army unit that fought with the Big Red One in World War I, the 8th Infantry Division in World War II and back with Big Red in the Vietnam War.

Col. Stephen Bowman has put together a tribute to the unit and its century of service. Filled with photographs, art, lineage and honors, the regimental song and lists of Medal of Honor recipients and commanders, the book is the definitive account of the Black Lions.

After the Philippine Insurrection, the 28th took part in the actions along the Mexican border. Following that, the unit was the first to set foot on French soil in World War I and fought in the first division-sized action at the Battle of Cantigny as well as three other major battles.

In World War II, with the 8th Infantry Division, the Black Lions fought from Normandy to Brest to the bloody Hürtgen Forest. It crossed the Roer River and helped seal the Ruhr Pocket to end the war; soon after, it was inactivated. …

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