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34th Regimental History

     The 34th Infantry Regiment was constituted July 1, 1916 in the Regular Army. It was organized in El Paso, Texas on July 15, 1916 by transfer of personnel from the 7th, 20th and 23rd Infantry Regiments. Its initial mission included guard duty on the Mexican border and the training of National Guard units.

     World War I: The 34th was shipped to France, arriving on August 27, 1918. On October 9, 1918, the regiment held the extreme left of the 7th Infantry Division's flank. The regiment received battle honors "Lorraine" for actions during this period.

     World War II: The 34th Infantry was chosen to spearhead the assault on Leyte, to liberate the Philippines. The unit was in a series of bloody battles for 78 continuous days. The 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment received the Presidential Unit Citation for conspicuous valor and outstanding performance. The battalion's nickname, "Leyte Dragons," derives its recognition during the Leyte assault.

      The 34th Infantry Regiment made its second beachhead assault in the Philippines on the island of Luzon. It was later chosen to assault the island of Corregidor.

     On June 30, 1950, in the Republic of Korea, the 34th Infantry Regiment, with the 24th Infantry Division began to successfully delay the North Korean People's Army until the United Nations Forces could arrive to hold the Pusan Perimeter.

     The 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment was deactivated on January 15, 1993 and was reactivated on January 12, 1996 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

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