First of all, for the reader, the history presented in this website is focused on the events leading up to the start and end of the
Vietnam War and that involved the 2/12th Infantry from 1966 to their return home in 1971. You can follow what each company
was doing daily by exploring and accessing each year listed on the menu bar to your left. Many people have spent countless
hours researching, interviewing and writing about the history of the war in Vietnam. Many claim that we "lost" this war, but for
those of us who participated in any capacity, we would debate that very statement.
In my personal opinion, we failed from a political platform, not from a military one. Certainly, we could have made better choices
in how we conducted military operations, or perhaps, if we had taken this war to the North, rather than attempting to fight our
battles in the South, the outcome may have been different for the Republic of Vietnam.
As it were, we departed via a negotiated (face savings) peace agreement which had us far removed from the country for two
years before the ARVN's fell to the North and only after we withdrew from providing any aid to their cause.
So in that regard, it was the ARVN's that were defeated, not the U.S. In fact, we never lost a major engagement against any of
our foes during our time in country.
It is still unclear to me where we got our original name that was used in Vietnam, the "White Warriors". Around October of 1969,
articles on the unit had reduced the name from "White Warriors" to "warriors". Somewhere along the line after the war, political
correctness arrived and the Warriors name was again changed to "Lethal Warriors", and remains the current nickname for the
2/12th. Ironic as all this is, the 1/12th remains the "Red Warriors".
Also included, outside the main storyline of the Vietnam War, are pieces of history of the regiment that you might find of interest
and are listed under "REGIMENTAL HISTORY". Some of this historical accounting is shared from Alpha Associations website,
Arnold "Sarge" Krause
• Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for LUXEMBOURG
• Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for SUOI TRE, VIETNAM
• Belgian Fourragere 1940
• Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium
• Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes
• Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1966-1967
• Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1967-1968
• Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1968-1970
• Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1967-1970
• Meritorious Unit Citation for AFGHANISTAN 2009 (119-02 UNCOMFIRMED)
• Meritorious Unit Citation for AFGHANISTAN 2010 (203-13 UNCONFIRMED)
• Valorous Unit Citation for AFGHANISTAN 2010 (099-21 UNCONFIRMED)
NOTE: It takes the U.S. Army a LONG time to get the Honors and Lineage records updated which is why you see "UNCONFIRMED" citations listed
Regiment Flag Distinctive Unit Insignia
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Unit Symbolism: The chief is for the War with Spain and the Philippine Insurrection, yellow and red being the Spanish colors, red and blue the Katipunan colors; the embattled partition line is for the capture of the blockhouse at El Caney, Cuba, and the sea lion is from the arms of the Philippine Islands. The white moline crosses represent the iron fastening of a millstone and recall the crushing losses sustained during the regiment’s first great achievement in the battle of Gaines Mill, VA in the Civil War (27-28 June 1862) The Blue Field for Infantry The wigwam stands for the Indian campaigns in which the regiment took part. There are 5 poles representing all 5 campaigns the 12th participated in.
Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 20 Jun 1923. It was amended to change the blazon of the shield on 12 Oct 1965.
“Ducti Amore Patriae”
Having Been Led by Love of Country
Note: The three previous 12th Infantry Regiments established between 1793 and 1948 were all mustered out of the service. By that definition, according to the guidelines for lineage, they basically never existed, therefore, our history begins in 1861 and not 1798. - For more detail of our "earlier history, use the MENU TAB "REGIMENTAL HISTORY for that era. - Sarge
Lineage of the unit as it was established into the U.S. REGULAR ARMY (updated 6/1/2015)
·Constituted 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as Company B, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry
·Organized 20 October 1861 at Fort Hamilton, New York
·During the Civil War, participated in twelve campaigns of the Army of the Potomac including Antietam and Gettysburg.
·Reorganized and redesignated 7 December 1866 as Company B, 12th Infantry
·During this period, the unit participated in three campaigns in the Indian Wars in the northwest from 1872-1891. In the War with Spain, the unit saw action in Cuba participating in the capture of the Spanish Fortress of El Caney. The regiment was then ordered to the Philippines to help put down the Philippine Insurrection.
·12th Infantry assigned 17 December 1917 to the 8th Division; relieved 15 August 1927 from assignment to the 8th Division and assigned to the 4th Division; relieved 1 October 1933 from assignment to the 4th Division and assigned to the 8th Division; relieved 10 October 1941 from assignment to the 8th Division and assigned to the 4th Division [later redesignated as the 4th Infantry Division]. In WW II, on D-Day 6 June 1944 the 12th landed on Utah Beach. In heavy fighting through the Normandy hedgerows the 12th Infantry led the assault on the port city of Cherbourg which fell on 25 June 1944. During the Battle of the Bulge the 12th Infantry was instrumental in stopping the German advance into Luxembourg receiving a Presidential Unit Citation and the Belgian Fourragere. The 12th resumed the offensive into Germany crossing the Rhine and capturing the city of Rothenberg as the war ended.
·Inactivated 27 February 1946 at Camp Butner, North Carolina
·Activated 15 July 1947 at Fort Ord, California
·Inactivated 1 April 1957 at Fort Lewis, Washington, and relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division
·Redesignated 1 August 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battle Group, 12th Infantry, assigned to the 8th Infantry Division, and activated in Germany (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated)
·Relieved 24 March 1959 from assignment to the 8th Infantry Division and assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, the 2nd Battle Group,12th Infantry reinforced the Berlin Brigade during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
·Reorganized and redesignated 1 October 1963 as the 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry; concurrently relieved from assignment to the 1st Infantry Division and assigned to the 4th Infantry Division
·Relieved 1 August 1967 from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division and assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, the unit participated in eleven campaigns during the Vietnam War receiving a Presidential Unit Citation.
·Inactivated 17 April 1971 at Fort Lewis, Washington
·Relieved 1 April 1976 from assignment to the 25th Infantry Division, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Carson, Colorado
·Inactivated 21 September 1976 at Fort Carson, Colorado
·Activated 16 June 1989 at Fort Carson, Colorado
·Inactivated 15 September 1995 at Fort Carson, Colorado, and relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division.
·Activated 29 September 2005 at Fort Carson, Colorado, as an element of the 2d Infantry Division.
·Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment
·Relieved 16 November 2005 from assignment to the 2d Infantry Division and assigned to the 2d Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division. The 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry served a tour of duty in Iraq with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from October 2006-January 2008.
·Relieved 4 April 2008 from assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division. reassigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Ft Carson, Co. and is reunited with the 1/12th for the first time since 1995.
Reflagged April 16, 2015 as 2nd IBCT, War Horse Brigade - 4th IBCT "Warriors" colors were cased and inactivated. 1/41st Inf. was reorganized and reactivated on April 1, 2015 and added to the 2nd IBCT at the same time.
Currently stationed at Ft Carson, Colorado (updated 12/18/15)
2nd Infantry Brigade " Warhorse " Combat Team Commander, COL Matthew Cody and CSM Anton Hillig; 2/12th BN Commander,
LTC Kirby Dennis and CSM Frank Handoe II;
Campaign Participation Credit
• Civil War: *Peninsula; *Manassas; *Antietam; *Fredericksburg; *Chancellorsville; *Gettysburg; *Wilderness; *Spotsylvania; *Cold Harbor; *Petersburg; *Virginia 1862; *Virginia 1863
• Indian Wars: Modocs; Bannocks; Pine Ridge
• War with Spain : *Santiago
• Philippine Insurrection: *Malolos; *Tarlac; *Luzon 1899
• World War II: *Normandy (with arrowhead); *Northern France; *Rhineland; *Ardennes-Alsace; *Central Europe
• Vietnam: *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
• IRAQ *Operation Iraqi Freedom - 2006-07
• AFGHANISTAN *Operation Enduring Freedom - 2009, 2012 & 2014