36th Infantry Regiment

36th Infantry Regiment

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Hi.  I’m Gary Boothe (3d Brigade HHC, 74-76) acting webmaster for the 36th Inf pages.  Please contact me with any material or information about units of the 36th Inf: gmboothe@yahoo.com 

We would like to find a veteran of the 36th to take over the webmaster duties.



As a note, 2d and 3d Battalions (Ayers Kaserne, “The Rock”, 1st Brigade, “Ready First Combat Team”, 3d Armored Division) were reflagged as 3d and 5th Battalions, 5th Cavalry (still infantry) respectively in 1988, and served in combat in Operation Desert Storm under the 5th Cavalry lineage.

Today there is only one known battalion of the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment still serving in the U.S. Army:  the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry is on duty today with the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.  As 1-36 Infantry, this battalion recently served in Bosnia.

The 36th Infantry Regiment was constituted 1 July 1916 in the Regular Army. This regiment was organized 27 July 1917 in Brownsville, Texas from personnel of the 4th, 26th and 28th Infantry Regiments. It was assigned to the 12th Division on 5 July 1918 and relieved from the 12th Division 31 January 1919. The regiment was inactivated 13 October 1921 at Fort Jay, New York. 

The 36th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 9th Division on 24 March 1923 then relieved from the 9th Division on 1 August 1940. It was then reassigned 36th Infantry (Armored), assigned to the 3rd Armored Division and activated 15 April 1941 at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. The regiment was re-designated on 1 January 1942 as the 36th Armored Infantry and inactivated 10 November 1945 in Germany.

The regiment broke up on 7 July 1947 and its elements were re-designated as elements of the 3rd Armored Division as follows: Headquarters and Headquarters, Reserve Command, 3rd Armored Division; 1st Battalion as the 36th Armored Infantry Battalion; 2nd Battalion as the 37th Armored Infantry Battalion; and 3rd Battalion as the 3rd Armored Infantry Battalion. The battalions were activated 15 July 1947 at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The 36th, 37th, and 13th Armored Infantry Battalions were relieved from the 3rd Armored Division on 1 October 1957 and consolidated to form the 36th Infantry, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. Concurrently, former Headquarters, Reserve Command, 3rd Armored Division expanded and re-designated as Headquarters, 36th Infantry and as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combat Command C, 3rd Armored Division.

Upon arriving in Baghdad in May, 2003, Task Force 1-36 conducted over 20 Battalion cordon and searches, hundreds of tactical check points, over 140 raids, and participated in 7 Brigade missions, to include Operation Iron Hammer, and Operation Longstreet. These dangerous missions probed deep into every neighborhood, proving to the enemy that there is no place to hide. Through these missions, the citizens of Baghdad observed the American forces making their city a safer place. During the Task Force’s tenure in Baghdad 605 Soldiers bravely earned the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge and 46 Soldiers earned the honored Combat Medical Badge for their stalwart support of their Infantry brothers.

The Spartans detained over 450 known criminals. These criminals consisted of 35 known Baath party members, 4 Fedayeen fighters, 7 members of Muqtaads Militia and at least 42 suspected terrorists. Taking these individuals off the streets increased the stability of the surrounding neighborhoods. The heroic actions of the Spartans also made it possible for shops to open, kids to play in the streets, markets to flourish, and schools to begin again.

The Spartans planted the seeds of democracy in Baghdad by founding 13 Neighborhood Advisory Councils and a District Advisory Counsel. These councils selected their representatives and continually made improvements within the city. Democracy is at work and the lives of the Iraqi people have improved because of it.

Upon a sudden change of mission from redeployment after one year of combat operations within Baghdad, Iraq to becoming the operational reserve for the Multi-National Corps Iraq (MNC-I) the Spartans immediately focused on the new task at hand. The task force continued as they always had, flawlessly accomplishing every mission with a marked professionalism that had become the Spartan trademark. During Operation Iron Sabre, Task Force Spartan, as the operational reserve for MNC-I, worked for four different brigade combat teams within two separate divisions. The battalion directed planning efforts for contingencies throughout the area of operations and provided flawless execution during all missions. The task force conducted operations in various locales including: Yusifiyah, Mullah Fayyad, Karbala, Hussciniya and throughout Baghdad. In Yusifiya and Mullah Fayyad, the task force conducted a cordon and search mission. At the conclusion of this 14-hour mission, the Spartans had detained numerous enemy personnel, confiscated dozens of weapons and various types of ammunition and engaged and killed two enemy attackers with no loss of men, weapons or equipment. The actions of the task force aided in the restoration of stability and security in these locales.

Upon return from Hussciniya, the task force was attached to the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The Spartans quickly planned and executed security operations from the Baghdad International Airport to Camp Ferrin-Huggins. Their actions provided important information to the brigade, halted the nightly mortar attacks on Camp Ferrin-Huggins, and eliminated enemy activity along this route of strategic importance.

In every instance – whether supporting the 2nd Brigade Combat Team in Yusifiyah leading to the detention of several suspected terrorists and the confiscation of numerous weapons and bomb-making materials, or conducting a search and attack in Hussciniya in support of the Ready First Brigade Combat Team, or securing key routes within Baghdad in support of the 5th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division – the task force earned the respect of all and advanced the goal of MNC-I to create a secure and stable environment that allowed for the transition of operations to a designated follow-on authority.

Throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom and Iron Sabre, the reputation of Task Force Spartan as the worlds toughest infantry spread from Baghdad to other regions, a direct result of the actions and leadership provided by its Soldiers.



Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered SIEGFRIED LINE (1st Battalion, 36th Armored Infantry cited; WD GO 54, 1945)
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered ECHTZ-HOBEN (1st Battalion, 36th Armored Infantry cited; WD GO 24, 1945)
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ (1st Battalion, 36th Armored Infantry cited; WD GO, 2003-2004)
Combat Infantry Battalion Streamer With Star (1st Battalion, 36th Armored Infantry cited; 2004)
Belgian Fourragere 1940 (36th Armored Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1950) Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in BELGIUM (36th Armored Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1950) Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the ARDENNES (36th Armored Infantry cited; DA GO 43, 1950)

SHIELD: Azure, a sword bayonet in fess or within a bordure of the like, on a canton argent of a cross of the field overall cactus proper.
CREST: On a wreath of the colors and azure, a six-bastioned fort vert, charged with a mullet argent.
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