The Matthews Monument Co out of Elberton,Ga was selected as the builder of the obelisk, benches and back wall. Their CEO, Greg Gunter, has been very helpful in this process. All associated documents will be submitted shortly, by me, to the National Infantry Museum,(NIM), BOD for review and ultimate approval. Mostly they verify the history, Wars and MOH recipients.Which, we know to be correct. But, its a process. The NIM Executive Director, Steven McClaflin has been very helpful in this process.
The projected dedication date is set for 31 May, 2017, at the Walk of Honor, at the National Infantry Museum. The granite has been ordered, the concrete foundation company has been contacted and 98% of the engraving has been approved and finalized. The History and Wars fought of and by the 12th Regt was researched and written by Bill Comeau, A/2/12 Inf, RVN. The Medal of Honor recipients were researched by Dennis Witt C/1/12, RVN. Our most valuable "Treasurer" is Tim Swan, C/1/12, RVN. I need to also mention that this entire project is as a result of an idea by Rusty Armstrong 1/12, RVN. Mike Hamer, 3/12,RVN, is that units POC.
The process is underway. Now we face the task of raising the remainder of the funds needed to complete this effort. Estimated final costs are $72,000 to $75,000. We have paid a 50 % deposit for the monument itself, $28,800, paid for the 20'x20' plot site at the Walk of Honor (WOH),$5,500. To date we have paid $34,400. This leaves us with the need to collect another $38-40,000. I sense this is an attainable goal, But , we need to get-er-done.
To see all forms of donations, click HERE.
If you prefer, your Tax-Deductible Donations can be made by check: mail to:
Tim Swan, Treasurer
3110 Muir Field Rd
Madison, WI 53719
Checks should be made payable to '12th Infantry Regiment Monument Fund'
A little information about the Monument. FYI--room will be left for needed additions.
1. The Obelisk, which is dark grey, is 20' tall, including the base which is 4'x4'x4'. The obelisk is 2'x2', tapered and 16' tall. The base portion is rough finish, the top is polished
2. The front shows our Regimental crest, in color. The rear will reflect the engraved History ( not a plaque), The right side the Wars fought and the left the MOH recipients, with a colored MOH medal.
3. The back ,Black Granite, Wall is in 5 sections. It is 5' high. the 3 center sections are basically 7' wide. The 2 smaller side sections are left blank and are 3'wide.
4. These 3 sections will contain the... left section: Crossed Infantry Rifles ( gold color, with a 12 centered ), center section: The words in bold print "The 12th Infantry Regiment" below will be the regimental motto. "Having been Led By Love of Country"., right section:The CIB will be to scale and colored.
Personally, I am most grateful for the untiring efforts of so many people to help accomplish our Monument project as a team. and for being willing, I think, to listen to me and accept my guidance. Herb Taylor, our President, has been a valuable partner and guidance counselor.
Now, I just need to get the packet together , submitted to the NIM BOD for approval and to have a successful $$$ campaign.
The Executive Committee hopes you approve of this effort and will now consider donating, and also motivating others to consider doing so. WE need to spread the word to as many as possible, especially those that are not email fluent ! ie : snail mail may have to be used or telephone calls.
With all respect,
PS--- there may be an option to purchase copies of this "Artist" print. Michael must approve, details may follow. --Ed
Veterans - As a disclaimer, I am now a member of the 25th I.D. Assoc AND member of the12th Inf Reg't Chapter of the National 4th I.D. Assocation that was formed in August, 2016. I know most of us served with the 25th, but our history is more closely tied to the 4th I.D. than any other division we have served under. I believe this project is a worthy cause and I also encourage you to join the ranks of the 12th Inf Regiment Chapter as a member. --- Sarge 11/28/2016
Good Day friends----attached you will find, an executive committee approved, "Artist" rendering of our 12th Inf Regiment Monument. This rendering was accomplished by our own Michael Pearson ( her husband is Bob !! B/1/12, RVN ). Michael, an accomplished artist, is solely responsible for its concept and ultimate design. The ideas for the engravings, Combat Infantry Badge (CIB),, 12th Crossed Rifles, Motto, Medal of Honor ( MOH), and Wars was accomplished by your executive committee. Our desire was to KISS. Not to be overwhelming in design, but to reflect the true nature of the INFANTRYMAN. Be an imposing structure, memorable and something all will respect.
" I am the Infantry, Follow me .......... For I am Mentally Tough,Physically Strong and Morally Straight." To hell and back Sir!".
Proposed narrative for the plaque that requires official approval
12TH INFANTRY REGIMENTAL HISTORY
THE ORIGINAL 12TH INFANTRY REGIMENT WAS ESTABLISHED ON JULY 31, 1798 AND FIRST SERVED IN COMBAT DURING THE WAR OF 1812 ALONG THE NIAGARA FRONTIER BEFORE BEING ORDERED SOUTH TO BALTIMORE WHERE THEY MANNED THE BREASTWORKS AT FORT MCHENRY DURING THAT FAMOUS BATTLE. DURING THE MEXICAN WAR OF 1847 THE REGIMENT BECAME PART OF THE INVASION FORCE THAT CONQUERED MEXICO CITY. SOON AFTER THE OUTBREAK OF THE CIVIL WAR THE PRESENT DAY 12TH INFANTRY REGIMENT BECAME PART OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC AND ENGAGED IN 10 OF THE 11 MAJOR BATTLES THAT WERE FOUGHT BY THAT ARMY. THEY SERVED AT GAINES MILL, MALVERN HILL, CEDAR MOUNTAIN, SECOND BATTLE OF BULL RUN, ANTIETAM, FREDERICKSBURG, CHANCELLORSVILLE, GETTYSBURG, BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS, SPOTSYLVANIA, AND PETERSBURG. FROM 1869 TO 1890 THE REGIMENT SERVED IN THE WEST DURING THE INDIAN WARS PARTICIPATING IN FIVE CAMPAIGNS INCLUDING VS. THE MODOCS, BANNOCKS, AND AT PINE RIDGE. DURING THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR OF 1898 IT CAMPAIGNED AT SANTIAGO, CUBA, EL CANEY AND SAN JUAN. WHEN THE PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION OF 1899-1902 TOOK PLACE, THE REGIMENT PARTICIPATED IN CAMPAIGNS AT MALALOS, TARLAC, LUZON, AND ZAPOTE. THE 12TH WAS CALLED INTO ACTION AS PART OF THE MEXICAN PUNITIVE EXPEDITION OF 1915-1917 VS. PANCHO VILLA FORCES, SUCCESSFULLY FIGHTING OFF THE MEXICAN BANDIT’S ARMY. IN 1917 THE REGIMENT WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 8TH DIVISION AND WAS DUE TO SERVE IN EUROPE DURING WORLD WAR I. HOWEVER, THE WAR ENDED JUST AS THE UNIT WAS ABOUT TO BOARD A TROOPSHIP TO TAKE THEM TO EUROPE. IN 1919 THIRTEEN HUNDRED MEN FROM THE 12TH WERE SENT TO SIBERIA WITH THE 31ST INFANTRY REGIMENT. EVENTUALLY THE 12TH WAS REBUILT WITH NEW RECRUITS. IN AUGUST OF 1927, THE 12TH INFANTRY WAS REASSIGNED TO THE 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION AND IN BETWEEN WORLD WARS THE REGIMENT BECAME KNOWN AS THE ‘PRESIDENT’S OWN’, SERVING IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL DISTRICT AS AN HONOR GUARD UNIT FOR INAUGURALS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS OF STATE. DURING WWII, THE 12TH SERVED WITH DISTINCTION AT NORMANDY, NORTHERN FRANCE, RHINELAND, ARDENNES-ALSACE, CENTRAL EUROPE, HURTGEN FOREST, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND THE GERMANY INVASION AS PART OF THE 4TH ID. AS A RESULT OF THEIR ACTION IN WWII THE REGIMENT WAS AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION FOR THE LUXEMBOURG BATTLE . THE REGIMENT DEPLOYED FIVE BATTALIONS TO SOUTH VIETNAM DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, MORE THAN ANY OTHER REGIMENT. THEIR UNITS EARNED FOUR PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATIONS FOR THEIR ACTION AT THE BATTLES OF SUOI TRE, DAK TO AND PLEIKU IN ADDITION TO FIVE VALOROUS UNIT CITATIONS. DURING THE WAR ON TERROR THE REGIMENT SERVED IN KUWAIT, DURING OPERATION INTRINSIC ACTION TWO MONTHS AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACK OF 2001. IN QUICK SUCCESSION, IT SERVED IN IRAQ FOR TWO TOURS DURING OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. IN 2009, THREE YEARS LATER, THE REGIMENT DEPLOYED TO KUNAR PROVINCE AFGHANISTAN IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND EARNED THE VALOROUS UNIT CITATION. TO DATE THE REGIMENT HAS SERVED IN AFGHANISTAN FOR A TOTAL OF FOUR DEPLOYMENTS.
Project is funded - No more donations
thanks to everyone for helping out.