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The 2d Inf Div Band was activated on 2 August 1943 at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. Three months later the unit was redeployed with 2d Division to Northern Ireland. The division underwent training until June 1944, when it landed on June 7 as part of V Corp 1st Army. Members of Division provided convoy security during the drive across France and into Belgium.
2d Division was assaulting the Roer River Dmas when Hitler's great attack, known as the Battle of the Bulge, was launched in December 1944. The German 72d Corp struck the division's front and flank's, cutting the two withdrawal routes. The division was forced to fight its way out of the trap to positions on Elensborn Ridge. The 23d Inf Regiment was assigned to the mission of clearing the northern route, while the band and other support units were tasked to clear the southern road. Under the direct control of MG Robinson, the division commander, he bandsmen secured the road. Due to the heroic of the 23d Inf, Div Band, and other support troops, the division was able to withdraw intact and assume positions on Elsenborn Ridge. The Division stood like a stone wall, breaking all German Assaults. The Inability of the Germans to take the divisions position led to the failure of the entire German offensive. The Band was cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes, and for action on Elsenborn Crest.
The 2d Inf Div Band received Campaign Participation Credit for Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsac, and Central Europe. For actions in the Second World War he Band received the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered EUROPEAN THEATER.
After World War II, the band was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. The unit was famous for its Pipe and drum corp, which played throughout the Western U.S.
Entering the Korean Conflict in July 1950, the band was immediately deployed providing convoy security. During one mission, the convoy the bandsmen were guarding made a wrong turn, and entered an enemy occupied town. The Soldier/Musicians attacked and secured the village. The band was commended by Gen. Douglas MacArthur for its bravery and tenacity. During the battle of Yongsan in the Naktong Bulge, the band augmented the 2d Recon Company. In concert with the 2d Engineer BN and elements of the 72d Tank BN, the bandsmen assisted its actions, 2d Inf Div Band received the ROK Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer Embroidered NAKTONG RIVER LINE.
In May 1951, 2d Inf Div was struck by 12 Chinese Communist Divisions near Hongchon. The division's right flank was exposed when enemy pressure broke through adjacent UN elements. The division was under attack form both flank and rear. At one point, the 100 members of the Warrior Band were the only friendly troops between Division HQ and the Chinese. The band received the Distinguished Unit Citation; Streamer embroidered HONGCHON for its heroic action.
During the Korean War, the band performed duties such as litter bearers, security guards, sanding roads, and played music for front line troops while under enemy fire. The band received a second ROK Presidential Unit Citation, streamer embroided Korea. The 2d Inf Div Band received Campaign Participation Credit for the UN Defensive, UN Offensive, CCF Intervention, the First UN Counteroffensive, the CCF Spring Offensive, the UN Summer-Fall Offensive, the Second Korean Winter, Korea Summer-Fall 1952, the Third Korean Winter, and Korea summer 1953.
The Warrior Band returned to the Land of the Morning Calm in 1965. Since returning to Korea, the band has provided musical support for military and civilian activitities throughout the Korean Peninsula. In 2009, the unit was identified for inactivation. After several years of arduous engagement from senior leaders within 2ID, specifically the Division Commander MG Edward C. Cardon, the final decision was made by Department of the Army to inactivate the band effective September 2015. This will end the legacy of the 2nd Infantry Division Band.