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Infantry

Lineage and Honors Information as of 27 April 2018

126th Infantry Regiment
(SECOND MICHIGAN)

  • Organized 1855-1859 at Grand Rapids, Michigan, as independent volunteer militia companies
  • Consolidated and expanded 13 May 1861 as the 3d Regiment Infantry, Michigan Volunteers
  • Mustered into Federal service 10 June 1861 at Grand Rapids
  • Reorganized and redesignated in part 10 June 1864 as Companies A, E, F, and I, 5th Regiment Infantry, Michigan Volunteers (remainder of the 3d Regiment Infantry, Michigan Volunteers mustered out of Federal service 20 June 1864 at Detroit)
  • Companies A, E, F, and I, 5th Regiment Infantry, Michigan Volunteers, mustered out of Federal service 5 July 1865 at Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • Reorganized 1871-1874 in the Michigan State Troops as independent companies
  • Companies, less those in southeastern Michigan, consolidated 6 July 1874 to form the 2d Infantry Regiment with Headquarters at Grand Rapids
  • Companies in the Saginaw and Flint area withdrawn 19 May 1876 and reorganized as elements of the 3d Infantry Regiment – hereafter separate lineage; 2d Infantry Regiment concurrently reorganized in southwestern Michigan with Headquarters at Grand Rapids
  • (Michigan State Troops redesignated 31 December 1894 as the Michigan National Guard)
  • Mustered into Federal service 11-14 May 1898 at Island Lake as the 32d Michigan Volunteer Infantry; mustered out of Federal service 25 October-9 November 1898 at home stations
  • Reorganized 10 July 1899 in the Michigan National Guard as the 2d Infantry
  • Redesignated 22 April 1915 as the 32d Infantry
  • Mustered into Federal service 1 July 1916 at Camp Grayling, Michigan; mustered out of Federal service 3-15 February 1917 at Fort Wayne, Michigan
  • Called into Federal service 20-26 July 1917 at home stations; drafted into Federal service 5 August 1917
  • Consolidated 23 September 1917 with elements of the 31st Infantry; consolidated unit designated as the 126th Infantry, and assigned to the 32d Division
  • Demobilized (less 3d Battalion) 24 May 1919 at Camp Custer, Michigan; 3d Battalion demobilized 2 June 1919 at Camp Custer, Michigan
  • Former 32d Infantry reorganized and Federally recognized 10 June 1921 in the Michigan National Guard in southwestern Michigan as the 126th Infantry, with Headquarters at Grand Rapids, and assigned to the 32d Division
  • Inducted into Federal service 15 October 1940 at home stations
  • (32d Division redesignated 1 February 1942 as the 32d Infantry Division)
  • Inactivated 28 February 1946 at Kokura, Japan
  • Relieved 31 May 1946 from assignment to the 32d Infantry Division and assigned to the 46th Infantry Division
  • Reorganized and Federally recognized 20 December 1946 with Headquarters at Grand Rapids
  • Reorganized 15 March 1959 as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System to consist of the 1st and 2d Battle Groups, elements of the 46th Infantry Division
  • Reorganized 15 March 1963 to consist of the 1st, 2d, and 3d Battalions, elements of the 46th Infantry Division
  • (1st, 2d, and 3d Battalions ordered into active Federal service 24 July 1967 at Camp Grayling, Michigan; 1st Battalion released 25 July 1967 from active Federal service and reverted to state control; 2d and 3d Battalions released 2 August 1967 from active Federal service and reverted to state control)
  • Reorganized 1 February 1968 to consist of the 3d Battalion, an element of the 38th Infantry Division
  • Withdrawn 20 February 1987 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System with Headquarters at Wyoming
  • Consolidated 1 October 1999 with the 246th Armor (see ANNEX 1), and consolidated unit designated as the 126th Armor, to consist of the 1st Battalion1
  • Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 126th Armored Regiment
  • Converted and redesignated 1 September 2007 as the 126th Cavalry Regiment, to consist of the 1st Squadron, an element of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
  • (1st Squadron ordered into active Federal service 4 January 2008 at home stations; released 9 January 2009 from active Federal service and reverted to state control)2
  • (1st Squadron ordered into active Federal service 17 October 2011 at home stations; released from active Federal service 19 November 2012 and reverted to state control)3
  • Converted and redesignated 22 March 2013 as the 126th Infantry Regiment, to consist of the 3d Battalion, an element of the 32d Infantry Brigade Combat Team4
  • ANNEX 1
  • Constituted and allotted to the Michigan National Guard 4 January 1949 as the 246th Heavy Tank Battalion and assigned to the 46th Infantry Division
  • Organized and Federally recognized 6 June 1949 with Headquarters at Dowagiac
  • Redesignated 1 September 1950 as 246th Tank Battalion
  • Reorganized and redesignated 15 March 1959 as the 246th Armor, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System, to consist of 1st Reconnaissance Squadron and the 2d Medium Tank Battalion, elements of the 46th Infantry Division (1st Reconnaissance Squadron (Detroit) organized by conversion and redesignation of the 146th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion [organized in 1917])
  • 246th Armor (less 1st Reconnaissance Squadron [Detroit]) reorganized 15 March 1963 to consist of 2d and 3d Battalions, elements of the 46th Infantry Division (3d Battalion organized by conversion and redesignation of the 219th Transportation Battalion [organized and Federally recognized 15 March 1959]) (concurrently, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron [Detroit], 246th Armor reorganized and redesignated as the 146th Cavalry – hereafter separate lineage)
  • (2d and 3d Battalions ordered into active Federal service 24 July 1967 at Camp Grayling, Michigan; released from active Federal service 2 August 1967 and reverted to State control)
  • Reorganized 1 February 1968 to consist of the 1st Battalion, an element of the 38th Infantry Division
  • Withdrawn 20 February 1987 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System with Headquarters at Dowagiac

Campaign Participation Credit

  • Civil War
  • Bull Run
  • Peninsula
  • Manassas
  • Fredericksburg
  • Chancellorsville
  • Gettysburg
  • Wilderness
  • Spotsylvania
  • Cold Harbor
  • Petersburg
  • Appomattox
  • Virginia 1863
  • World War I
  • Aisne-Marne
  • Oise-Aisne
  • Meuse-Argonne
  • Alsace 1918
  • World War II
  • Papua
  • New Guinea (with arrowhead)
  • Leyte
  • Luzon
  • War on Terrorism
  • Global War on Terrorism
  • Afghanistan:
  • Transition I

Decorations

  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered PAPUA
  • French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War I, Streamer embroidered OISE-AISNE
  • Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945
  • Company C (Dowagiac), 3d Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered KANDAHAR PROVINCE APR 2012 - SEP 2013

By Order of the Secretary of the Army:

CHARLES R. BOWERY, JR.
Chief of Military History


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