509th Infantry Regiment

LINEAGE AND HONORS

Constituted 14 March 1941 in the Army of the United States as the 504th Parachute Battalion

Activated 5 October 1941 at Fort Benning, Georgia

Reorganized and redesignated 24 February 1942 as the 2d Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry

Reorganized and redesignated 2 November 1942 as the 2d Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry

Reorganized and redesignated 10 December 1943 as the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion

Disbanded 1 March 1945 in France

Reconstituted 12 May 1947 in the Regular Army as the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 1 April 1963 as the 509th Infantry, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System

Withdrawn 16 January 1986 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System

Transferred 2 October 1988 to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

Withdrawn 31 May 1993 from the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

      World War II

      *Algeria-French Morocco (with arrowhead)

      *Tunisia (with arrowhead)

      *Naples-Foggia (with arrowhead)

      *Anzio (with arrowhead)

      *Rome-Arno

      *Southern France (with arrowhead)

      *Rhineland

      *Ardennes-Alsace

DECORATIONS

*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered CARANO, ITALY

*Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered LIEGE, BELGIUM

*Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1993-1994

*French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, World War II, Streamer embroidered MUY EN PROVENCE

*Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes

*Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at St. Vith

*Personnel authorized to wear the insignia of the French 3d Zouaves Regiment

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY:

 

 

JEFFREY J. CLARKE

Chief of Military History