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1ST INFANTRY DIVISION BAND
 FORT RILEY, KANSAS - ACTIVE ARMY

History

Summary

1ST INFANTRY DIVISION BAND HISTORY

Constituted 12 October 1943 in the Regular Army as the Band, 1st Infantry Division
Redesignated 1 December 1943 as the 1st Infantry Division Band
Activated 9 December 1943 in England
Consolidated 2 January 1964 with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Infantry
Division Trains, and consolidated unit reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters,
Headquarters and Band, 1st Infantry Division Support Command
Reorganized and redesignated 10 February 1966 as Headquarters, Headquarters Company and
Band, 1st Infantry Division Support Command
Band element withdrawn 21 April 1972 from Headquarters, Headquarters Company and Band,
1st Infantry Division Support Command, and consolidated with the 1st Adjutant General
Company; consolidated unit designated as the 1st Adjutant General Company
Band element withdrawn 1 September 1985 from the 1st Adjutant General Company and
redesignated as the 1st Infantry Division Band.


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CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

World War II - EAME
Normandy (with arrowhead)
Northern France
Rhineland
Ardennes-Alsace
Central Europe
Vietnam Defense
Counteroffensive
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
Southwest Asia
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
(Other campaigns to be determined)


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THUNDER ROAD

One notable example of the use of bands in Vietnam was the "Thunder Road" incident, which received national publicity. Major General John Hay, Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division, ordered his band to march down "Thunder Road" for a distance of one mile while playing the march Colonel Bogey. This road was critical to the division, but was under control of a North Vietnamese Army regiment located less than a mile away. The enemy, confused by the action, withdrew from the area. The 1st Infantry Division Band fulfilled a remarkable combat mission without firing a shot.



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