History of the 184th Infantry Regiment

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Sacramento, California was the site for organizing the 184th Infantry Regiment on 4 December 1924, from California National Guard Companies, and it was activated in March 1941. In the summer of 1943, the 184th Infantry Regiment went into its first action, that of assaulting Kiska Island in the Aleutian Chain, but found that the Japanese had evacuated Kiska.

The fist combat action of the “Let’s Go” Regiment was on Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Group on 1 February 1944. The blue and gold regiment, wearing tropic battle garb in place of their Aleutian parkas, proved their worth after five bloody days on the bomb-pummeled atoll.

The 184th returned to Pearl Harbor after Kwajalein to prepare for the next amphibious landing which turned out to be Lyete, of the Philippines Island Group. At 1000 hours, 20 October 1944, the California Regiment with the 7th Division, hit the Dulag Beach and for another intensive five day period the 184th helped to rout the Crack Japanese 16th Division, perpetrators of the Death March of Bataan. When the Leyte campaign closed it was seen that the 7th Division had covered 1,950 square miles in its battle to liberate the Philippines. Final score of identified Japanese organizations,  the 184th alone, fought and whipped in that one campaign was fifty-two.

The 184th Regiment plunged shore to Okinawa on 1 April 1945, in what soon was to be one of the toughest struggles in the Pacific. The Japs had a chance to mass artillery to a greater extent than ever before. In late May, the “Blue and Gold” boys slammed their way through the “NAHASHURI-YONABARU” line, ending the statle mate that had tied up two U.S infantry Divisions and two Marine Divisions. Thus they practiced what they preached—“Let’s Go.”

The 184th as part of the roving “Hourglass” Division, came ashore to Korea’s liberated land on 8 September 1945. On 19 January 1946, the 184th was inactivated, the colors sent back to Sacramento, and the famous veterans of Bataan, the 31st Infantry, replaced the California Regiment that had added much to the laurels of U.S. Military Arms.

 

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