BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY
|24th Infantry Regiment|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Wainwright, Alaska|
|Nickname||"Deuce Four" (special designation)|
|Motto||Semper Paratus (Always Prepared)|
War with Spain
World War II
John W. O'Daniel
|Distinctive unit insignia|
|U.S. Infantry Regiments|
|23rd Infantry Regiment||25th Infantry Regiment|
Pre-World War I and the Houston Riot
World War II
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
- On a blue field a block house of masonry with tower, walls in color of grey stone, roofs yellow.
- On a yellow scroll, the words "SAN JUAN" in blue.
- All encircled by a yellow band bearing the motto in blue "SEMPER PARATUS" (Always Prepared).
- Symbolism: The design commemorates the gallant service of the regiment in the Santiago campaign of 1898.
- The badge was approved on 1920-03-27.
- The badge is used as the crest on the organizational colors. The breast of the eagle on the colors is feathered.
Distinctive unit insignia
- A gold color metal and enamel device 1 inches (3.2 cm) in width overall consisting of a blue disc bearing a white blockhouse with tower masoned and roofed gold below a gold scroll inscribed "SAN JUAN" in blue letters. 1⁄4
- Attached below the disc a gold scroll turned blue and inscribed "SEMPER PARATUS" in blue letters.
- Blue is the color associated with Infantry.
- The house with tower depicts a blockhouse at San Juan Santiago de Cuba and commemorates the 1898 campaign service of the regiment.
- The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 24th Infantry on 1923-01-21.
- It was amended to correct the motto on 1923-03-21.
- Amended to add the authorization for wear of the DUI on 1923-05-07.
- Amended to add to the authorization for wear of the DUI on 1925-09-21.
- On 1925-10-23 it was amended to change the appearance of the DUI.
- The insignia was cancelled and a new insignia authorized on 1927-05-17.
- Constituted 1866-07-28 in the Regular Army as the 38th Infantry Regiment
- Organized 1866-10-01 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
- Consolidated 1869-03-15 with the 41st Infantry, and consolidated unit redesignated as the 24th Infantry
- Assigned 1947-02-01 to the 25th Infantry Division
- Relieved 1951-08-01 from assignment to the 25th Infantry Division
- Inactivated 1951-10-01 in Korea
- Reorganized 1995-08-16 as a parent regiment under the U.S. Army Regimental System
- Redesignated October 1, 2005 as the 24th Infantry Regiment
- Inactivated on June 1, 2006
- Reactivated on December 16, 2006, the 1st Battalion only, and attached as an element of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Stryker), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Campaign participation credit
- Indian Wars:
- Spanish–American War:
- Philippine–American War:
- San Isidro
- Luzon 1900
- World War II:
- Northern Solomons
- Western Pacific
- Korean War:
- UN Defensive
- UN Offensive
- CCF Intervention
- First UN Counteroffensive
- CCF Spring Offensive
- UN Summer-Fall Offensive
- Korean Presidential Unit Citation for MASAN-CHINJU.
- Valorous Unit Award for Battle of Mosul.
- Meritorious Unit Citation for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008–2009 in the Diyala Province.
- Special Forces Captain Harry G. Cramer, Jr. served most of his conventional career with 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry. He commanded Company B on Okinawa during the Occupation of Japan and commanded Companies B and D during the Korean War. He was considered the first Vietnam casualty from 1983 to 1999, is the first Special Forces soldier to die in Vietnam, and is the first casualty of the 1st Special Forces Group.