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C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment (Anti-Tank) is a Stryker Anti-Tank Company task organized StykerNews.com: Stryker Brigade 101 October 2004

under 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team). As a Company of 54 Infantrymen, the Company nicknamed "Avalanche" has conducted primarily Infantry operations during two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the first deployment of a Stryker Brigade to Iraq (OIF 01-02), soldiers of C-52d IN earned five Bronze Stars, a Meritorious Unit CommendationC Company, 52d Infantry Regiment Meritorious Unit Commendation Memorandum, November 2003 – November 2004

C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment Meritorious Unit Commendation Certificate, November 2003 – November 2004

, and a Superior Unit Award3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Superior Unit Award, November 2003 – November 2004

. In the most recent deployment (OIF 06-08) which saw C-52d IN operating in many significantly different roles and environments, Avalanche soldiers earned one Silver StarSFC Iban Silver Star Award October 21, 2007

Northwest Guardian: ‘We are proud of you’ February 7, 2008

February 2, 2008

Winlock Grad Awarded Silver Star January 31, 2008

2 Fort Lewis soldiers earn Silver Star January 29, 2008

FOB Tacoma - Two more Silver Stars for 3rd Brigade soldiers January 29, 2008

, 16 Bronze Star, 17 Purple Hearts Northwest Guardian: Wounded Soldiers earn Purple Hearts June 28, 2007

and received Honors from the Washington State Senate State Senate honors Stryker brigade February 2, 2008

as a Company of 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment History

52d Infantry Regiment Crest
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52d Infantry

Regimental Crest


Heraldic Definition: Azure, on a bend or a six-pointed mullet gules; on a sinister canton argent a fusil gules of the third bearing a cross pattee argent charged with an acorn gules.

The 52d Infantry crest is blue, with a yellow line from upper left to lower right, occupying one-fifth of the crest. On the yellow line is a six pointed star, red. In the upper right corner is a red diamond on a silver field. In the center of that diamond is a cross whose arms get wider as they move away from the center of the cross. On that cross is a red acorn. Underneath the shield is the Regiment's motto, "Brave and True."

The shield is blue for infantry. The charges on the canton represent the 11th Infantry The Institute of Heraldry: 11th Infantry Regiment

from whose personnel this regiment was organized. Its first combat service was in the Gerardruer Sector in the province of Alsacemarker, a short distance west of Colmarmarker; therefore, a mace taken from the arms of Colmar has been used for the crest. The bend from the arms of Alsace is charged with the 6th Division shoulder sleeve insignia to show that the regiment was with that division in France during World War I. ]]

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C-52d IN Lineage, as of January 2002

Constituted 15 May 1917 in the Regular Army as Company C, 52d Infantry
Organized 16 June 1917 at Chickamauga Park, Georgia
(52d Infantry assigned 16 November 1917 to the 6th Division)
Inactivated 1 September 1921 at Camp Grant, Illinois
(52d Infantry relieved 15 August 1927 from assignment to the 6th Division and assigned to the 9th Division; relieved 1 October 1933 from assignment to the 9th Division and assigned to the 6th Division; relieved 1 October 1940 from assignment to the 6th Division)
Redesignated 15 July 1942 as Company C, 52d Armored Infantry, an element of the 9th Armored Division, and activated at Fort Riley, Kansas
Reorganized and redesignated 9 October 1943 as Company C, 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, an element of the 9th Armored Division
Inactivated 13 October 1945 at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia
Redesignated 14 September 1950 as Company C, 52d Infantry, an element of the 71st Infantry Division
Redesignated 25 February 1953 as Company C, 560th Armored Infantry Battalion, an element of the 9th Armored Division
(560th Armored Infantry Battalion relieved 1 March 1957 from assignment to the 9th Armored Division)
Redesignated 1 July 1959 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battle Group, 52d Infantry
Redesignated 23 March 1966 as Company C, 52d Infantry
Activated 1 June 1966 at Fort Lewis, Washington
Inactivated 15 August 1972 in Vietnam
Assigned 16 September 2000 to the 2d Infantry Division and activated at Fort Lewis, Washington


C-52d IN Honors, as of June 2006

Campaign Participation Credit
  • World War I: Meuse-Argonne; Alsace 1918
  • World War II - EAME: Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe
  • Vietnam: 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; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; *Counteroffensive, Phase VII; Consolidation I; Consolidation II; Cease-Fire
  • War on Terrorism: Campaigns to be determined


Decorations
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered LUXEMBOURG
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered SAIGON - TET OFFENSIVE
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968-1969
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2003-2004
  • Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2000
  • Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2002-2003


Regimental Awards worn by C-52d IN
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered BASTOGNE
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered REMAGEN BRIDGEHEAD
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered ST. VITH
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered NINEVAH PROVINCE 2005
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1967
  • Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1988
  • Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1991
  • Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm, Streamer embroidered BASTOGNE; cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at BASTOGNE


World War I

After the 52nd Infantry Regiment's activation in 1917, the Regiment was assigned to the Sixth Infantry Division. The Sixth Division was organized in November 1917 as a square division consisting of the 51st, 52nd, 53rd, and the 54th Infantry Regiments, the 16th, 17th and 18th Machine-Gun Battalions and the 3rd, 11th and 78th Field Artillery Regiments. The units of the division gathered in New Yorkmarker and left for Francemarker in July 1918. After marching and training all over western France, the Sixth was assigned on August 31 to the Vosges sector. There, a chain of lofty wooded peaks had stalemated both the French and German armies. Their mission was the defense of a 21-mile front. The Division engaged in active patrols in No Man’s Land and behind the Boche lines. Daily German artillery concentrations of high explosives and gas shells kept the 6th supporting artillery busy with counterbattery fire. In addition infantry platoon strongpoints defended against German raiding parties which launched their attacks using liquid fire and grenades.

The Division developed its reputation for hiking when, prior to the Argonne Offensive, it engaged in extensive fake marches, often under enemy artillery and air bombardment, to deceive the Boche into thinking a major attack was to take place in the Vosgesmarker sector. Relieved and reassigned on October 10, 1918, the 6th Division hiked to an assembly area, marching over mountains and broken trails, usually in the dead of night.

After another short period of training, consisting primarily of forced marches, the Division hiked itself into the closing campaign of the war, the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In Corps reserve, the 6th was used in place of an unavailable cavalry division to try to maintain contact with the rapidly retreating Germans. Pulling machine-gun carts and ammo carts by hand, the best hiking outfit in the AEF marched from one front to another, usually on muddy bypaths and rain-soaked fields, to establish and incredible record of forty hiking days in a sixty-day campaign. Finally moved to another part of the front to maintain the brunt of the attack, the 6th reached the assigned area on the scheduled date, November 12, 1918, to find the war at an end, its reputation as the “Sightseeing Sixth” assured.

During its three months at the front, the 6th Division lost 227 men killed in action or died of wounds. It maintained an active defense in one important sector and played a major role in the tactical plan in another. The men of the 6th had distinguished themselves in combat, many earning the Distinguished Service Cross and Croix de Guerre. The Division was highly commended by General Pershing for its contribution to the final victory.

After the Armistice, the 6th continued its hikes through France and Germany to spread the fame of the six-point Red Star, adopted as the Division insignia on November 19, 1918. This six-point Red Star would become a part of the 52d's Crest to mark the Regiment's first Combat with the 6th Division. The bulk of the Division returned to the States in June 1919 aboard the USS Leviathan. The Division continued its service at Camp Grant, Illinois and was deactivated on September 30, 1921. A Brief History of the U.S. Army 6th Infantry Division, by Thomas E. Price February 29, 2004



World War II

U.S.
Military crosses the Ludendorff Bridge


After a period of inactivation, C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment was redesignated and activated as C Company, 52d Armored Infantry on 15 July 1942 as an element of the 9th Armored Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. They would deploy with the 9th Armored Division to France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany after a two month train up in England. The company served in Europe with the 9th Division from 31 JUL 1944 to 6 MAY 1945, including a weeklong attachment to the 8th Infantry Division from 23 OCT 1944 to 30 OCT 1944. 9th Armored Division May 30, 2005



The 9th Division was one of several real US Army divisions that participated in Operation Fortitude, the deception operation mounted by the US-British to deceive the Germans about the real landing site for Operation Neptune, the amphibious invasion of Northern France. The 9th was assigned to a camp on the British coastline opposite of the German defenses in Pas-de-Calais, ostensibly as part of the "First US Army Group" (FUSAG) under General Patton. While its members undertook training for the real invasion of the Normandy coast, the divisional headquarters was used to convey phony radio messages with the fake FUSAG HQ to make the Germans believe that an invasion of Pas-de-Calais by a massive army was the real intent of the Allies. The ruse was so successful that the German high command was completely fooled, and concentrated their reserves away from the Normandy Coast. In honor of their participation in this deception, the 9th was officially nicknamed the "Phantom Division."

The 9th Armored Division landed in Normandy late in September 1944, and first went into line, 23 October, on patrol duty in a quiet sector along the Luxembourgmarker-German frontier. When the Germans launched their winter offensive, the 9th, with no real combat experience, suddenly found itself engaged in heavy fighting. The Division saw its severest action at St. Vithmarker, Echternachmarker, and Bastognemarker, its units fighting in widely separated areas.

Its stand at Bastogne held off the Germans long enough to enable the 101st Airborne to dig in for a defense of the city. After a rest period in January 1945, the Division made preparations for a drive across the Rurmarker river. The offensive was launched, 28 February, and the 9th smashed across the Rur to Rheinbachmarker, sending patrols into Remagenmarker. The Ludendorff Bridgemarker at Remagen was found intact, and was seized by elements of the 9th Armored minutes before demolition charges were set to explode on 7 March 1945. The Division exploited the bridgehead, moving south and east across the river Lahn toward Limburg an der Lahnmarker, where thousands of Allied prisoners were liberated. A small booklet covering the history of the 9th Armored Division, "The 9th: The Story of the 9th Armored Division," is one of a series of G.I. Stories published by the Stars & Stripes in Paris in 1944-1945. Here is a quote that depicts an event where the 52d Armored Infantry Battalion receives information about the Nazi's plans to destroy the Ludendorff Bridgemarker:

The 52d Armored Infantry Battalion holds back an advancing Nazi armor and infantry force while the 101st Airborne sets up defenses in Bastogne, resulting in successful retention of the city:

Soldiers of C Company, 52d Armored Infantry Battalion rescue four American tanks caught in a Nazi complex attack:

Following operations at the Remagen Bridgehead, the Division drove on to Frankfurt and then turned to assist in the closing of the Ruhr Pocket. In April it continued east, encircled Leipzig and secured a line along the Mulde river. The Division was shifting south to Czechoslovakia when the war in Europe ended. The Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning the Army of the United States, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950, pp. 510-592. October 3, 2003



Vietnam



C Company, 52d Infantry served in Vietnam from December 1, 1966 to August 15, 1972. In 1971, the company had an authorized strength of 137 Infantrymen. Three years earlier in 1968, C Company, 52d Infantry had an authorized strength of 151 Infantrymen. The company was a rifle security company assigned to bolster the Infantry capabilities of the 716th MP Battalion (89th Military Police Group, 18th Military Police Brigade), which was responsible for providing security to the US facilities in the Saigon area. The Status of Forces agreement between the US and the South Vietnamese government prohibited stationing US combat forces in Saigon. As a result, the only forces within Saigon, C Company, 52d Infantry, with the 716th Military Police Battalion, the 527th Military Police Company, and the 90th Military Police Detachment, were equipped only with hand-held light arms.

They were on alert and expected isolated terrorists attacks. However, they would soon face the Tet offensive, an all out communist attack throughout the whole of Vietnam. The North Vietnamese violated the Tet holiday cease-fire in order to gain surprise against U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. Although U.S. intelligence anticipated the cease-fire would be violated, no one expected an all out attack within the city of Saigon. Instead, they would face some 4000 Viet Cong guerillas, many of whom had infiltrated Saigon during holiday festivities and were nearly indistinguishable from the local populace. In the early morning hours of 31 January 1968, these forces attacked facilities throughout Saigon almost simultaneously. C Company, 52d Infantry, along with the 716th MP and attached forces, would find themselves defending the U.S. Embassy Tet Offensive of 1968

against not only superior numbers but superior armament as well.

The security policemen on the perimeter could hear muffled gunfire as the VC shot up some of the bachelor officers' quarters and bachelor enlisted quarters along Plantation Road, which ran south through Cholon from the main gate of Tan Son Nhut. Five troops were killed, including a young enlisted man passing through on a Honda motorcycle on his way to his duty station. An MP jeep patrol was pinned down upon responding to the attack. The reaction team that arrived to reinforce the situation was headed by Staff Sergeant Jimmy Bedgood of C Company, 52d Infantry, a security-guard company made up of combat infantry veterans that was attached to the 716th Military Police Battalion. The reaction team provided the cover fire that allowed the jeep patrol to get out of harm's way. In the process, an RPG slammed into the reaction team's jeep, wounding several GIs and killing Bedgood, a twenty-one-year-old wild Georgia boy who was already on his third tour in Vietnam, having previously humped the bush as a grunt with the Big Red One and the 9th Infantry Division. House to House: Playing the Enemy's Game in Saigon, May 1968 2006

An article in a Military Police publication described the actions of SSG Herman Holness that day.


Staff Sergeant Herman Holness served in Company C, 52d Infantry, 716th Military Police Battalion.
Company C, along with other infantry rifle companies, was assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion and the 18th Military Police Brigade to reinforce security forces.
These Soldiers performed numerous tasks and duties alongside their military police counterparts.
Security guard duty and work with the military police led to “SG” markings on their helmet liners and brassards.
On 31 January 1968, Staff Sergeant Holness was part of a reaction force sent to relieve a fellow unit that was under attack in the vicinity of the Phu Tho racetrack.
While moving through the city, the lead vehicle of his unit was attacked by Viet Cong forces using mines and machine guns.
The men in the vehicle were seriously wounded and trapped out in the open.
Staff Sergeant Holness advanced to the disabled vehicle and caught the attention of the enemy, who diverted fire to his location, allowing the wounded men to exit the vehicle.
When Staff Sergeant Holness reached cover behind the vehicle, he returned fire on the enemy position with devastating effect.
While still under enemy fire, he began pulling the wounded Soldiers to safety.
Although badly injured himself, Staff Sergeant Holness refused medical aid until his fellow Soldiers had been evacuated.
In recognition of his selfless service, Staff Sergeant Holness was awarded the Silver Star. Military Police 19-08-1: Military Police Heroism



As both Military Police and marine reaction forces responded to the embassy, a stalemate ensued. Military Police surrounded the compound and exchanged fire with the guerillas on the grounds, but could not enter the compound due to the volume of fire and uncertainty as to the enemy's disposition. The Viet Cong could not enter the embassy building and could not exit the compound. Additionally, an infantry reaction force that attempted to land by helicopter on the roof of the embassy was repulsed by enemy fire.At dawn, the order was given to retake the compound. Military Police rammed the embassy's main gate and stormed the compound led by PFC Paul Healy of B Company, 716th Military Police Battalion. When the embassy was resecured, 19 dead Viet Cong were found and one was captured.

Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, C-52d Infantry and the 716th MP Battalion defended its ground very well indeed - none of the facilities in their charge were captured during the VC assault. The Company's performance during Tet was recognized by the Presidential Unit Citation, but the award came at a high price. Along with 27 soldiers of the 716th MP, nine C-52d soldiers gave their lives during the first day's fighting in defense of the U.S. Embassy.

C Co, 52d Infantry, 716th MP Bn: The Virtual Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial November 15, 2007

  • 2LT Stephen L. Braddock, Abilene, TX
  • SSG Rafael A. Ruiz-del Pilar, Quebradillas, PR
  • SSG Jimmy Bedgood, Milledgeville, GA
  • SGT Robert B. Stafford, Kingsport, TN
  • SP4 Frank E. Faught, Coweta, OK
  • SP4 Troy E. Hirni, Warrensburg, MO (Bronze Star "V")
  • CPL Randall K. Schutt, Sioux Center, IA
  • CPL James E. Walsh, Dayton, OH
  • PFC Lester G. Yarbrough, Kingsland, GA


For their actions in Saigon and in defense of the U.S. Embassy, four soldiers of C-52d IN would receive the military's third highest award, the Silver Star: SFC James R. Lobato, SSG Herman Holness, SPC Bruce McCartney, and SPC Vincent R. Giovanelli. A 20-year-old native of Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, SPC Giovanelli also was awarded "the Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star Medal for heroism." The "presentation [of his Silver Star] was made April 12 [1968] near Saigon by Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, [then] deputy commanding general, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam."

SPC VINCENT GIOVANELLI, SILVER STAR

CITATION:

FOR GALLANTRY IN ACTION WHILE ENGAGED IN MILITARY OPERATIONS INVOLVING CONFLICT WITH AN ARMED HOSTILE FORCE IN THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM.

 

NARRATIVE SUMMARY:

Spec.
4 Giovanelli distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on Jan.
31, 1968 while serving with a military police alert force during a combined Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army offensive against Saigon.



The enemy had launched concerted attacks throughout the city and his unit was called to assist friendly forces engaged in a firefight near the Phy Tho race track.
While en route to the location, the alert force was savagely ambushed by insurgents firing Claymore mines, rockets and automatic weapons.



Spec.
Giovanelli leaped from his vehicle and immediately returned fire on the enemy.
Observing several wounded comrades in the ambush killing zone 50 meters to his front, he moved forward through a withering hail of bullets to aid them.



This action drew the enemy fire toward him and enabled the casualties to seek cover behind their burning vehicle.
When he reached their position, Spec.
Giovanelli laid down a fierce base of fire on the insurgents and assisted in moving the wounded to a secure area.



His fearless and determined efforts in the face of grave danger saved the lives of several fellow soldiers.
Spec.
4 Giovanelli's gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team Activation

In May 2000, the Army stood up its first Stryker Brigade Combat Team (3d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, stationed at Fort Lewismarker, WA) under former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki's Stryker Interim-Force Brigade Combat Team initiative. In September 2000, A-D Companies of 1-32 AR were reflagged as 1-14 CAV (RSTA) while E Company, 1-32 AR was reflagged as C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division History November 2004

. The Company is commonly referred to as C-52, "Charlie, 52nd" and is nicknamed "Avalanche". As the Army stood up a total of six Stryker Brigades by 2008, each Anti-Tank Company was flagged as a separate Company of the 52d Infantry Regiment. The Commander of C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment, as the first Company reactivated under the 52d Infantry, holds the Regimental Colors and is the Regimental Commander.

Since the reflagging of E Company, 1-32 AR, C-52d IN has served as the Anti-Tank Company in support of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (3-2 SBCT). The Company holds a strength of 54 soldiers and 11 Stryker vehicles and has been most notably utilized to provide auxiliary Infantry support to the Brigade's three Infantry Battalions (1-23 IN, 2-3 IN, 5-20 IN) and other Task Forces operating in or near the Brigade's Area of Operations.

In addition to the six active duty Stryker Anti-Tank Companies, there is a National Guard Stryker Anti-Tank Company stationed in Pennsylvania under the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. This Company, D Company, 112th Infantry Regiment, traces its lineage through the Pennsylvania National Guard's history. The alignment of Companies under the 52d Infantry Regiment is as follows:

Stryker Brigade Company Nickname Deployments
3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team C Co., 52d IN Avalanche NOV 03 – NOV 04, JUL 06 – SEP 07, AUG 09 - AUG 10
2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment K Trp, 52d IN Killer NOV 04 – NOV 05, AUG 07 – NOV 08
1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (formerly 172nd) D Co., 52d IN Demon SEP 05 – DEC 06, SEP 08 – SEP 09
4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team F Co., 52d IN Northwest Guardian: M (Anti-Armor) Troop, 2CR reflagged as F Company, 52d Infantry June 1, 2006

Fierce MAR 07 – JUN 08, SEP 09 - SEP 10
2-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team B Co., 52d IN Hammer DEC 07 – DEC 08
5-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team A Co., 52d IN [unknown] JUL 09 - JUL 10


Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom 01-02)



C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment was assigned to 3d Brigade, 2d Infantry Division during its deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 01-02 from November 2003 – November 2004. From December 2003 – January 2004, it supported 4th ID and 3-2 SBCT, the Army’s first Stryker Brigade, during Operations Arrowhead Blizzard and Arrowhead Polaris, the Brigade’s successful attack of insurgents in and around Samarra, Iraq Stryker: Going 'Up North', The March 2004.

During twenty seven days of continuous combat operations in Samarra, the Company contributed to significant losses to the enemy in terms of personnel and equipment and neutralized enemy activity throughout their Battalion’s Area of Operations.

Upon completion, the Company followed the Brigade’s movement north in order to conduct a Relief in Place with 101st Airborne Division in Mosul, Iraq, where they operated out of Forward Operating Base Marez. Avalanche Company was assigned to Task Force Minute Field artillery Soldiers happy to make noise once again September 30, 2004

, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery under command of LTC Sliwa. During combat and stability operations in the Upper Tigris River Valley south of Mosul, the Company conducted over 150 full spectrum missions totaling over 18,000 Stryker miles. The Company regularly served as the Task Force Main Effort on many Cordon and Searches, Convoy Security, Area and Route Reconnaissance, Counter Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) Sweeps, and Counter Mortar / Area Security Operations, which resulted in significant losses to the enemy in terms of personnel and equipment, as well as neutralizing enemy activity in the Company’s Area of Operations. Such areas as Hammam Al Alil, Ash Sharuh, Qayyarah, Hatra, Makhmur, and Tal Abjah were frequently patrolled.

Some of the Operations the Company conducted which led to the successful capture of both Battalion or Brigade High Value Targets, as well as a multitude of caches, included Operations Decimation, H3, Thunderbolt, King’s Gambit, Warrior Strike, Avalanche Fury, and Operation Rude Awakening. In JUN 04, C-52d IN was also responsible for the training and equipping of the new “Iraqi National Guard,” in which the Company trained an astonishing 30 Platoons comprising over 1,500 new Iraqi Soldiers The Arrowhead: Family Readiness Group Newsletter, Vol. 7 February 22, 20 04

.

The Company successfully redeployed to Fort Lewis in November, 2004 with no loss of equipment or life and was subsequently awarded with a Meritorious Unit Commendation and Superior Unit Award for their operations in theater. Avalanche was reassigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment under the Command of LTC Flowers and LTC Huggins. The Company successfully completed Reset in record time and deployed twice to the Yakima Training Center, successfully completing Operations Arrowhead Quiver and Arrowhead Warpath which included both Platoon and Company Maneuver Live Fires, Stryker gunnery, ATGM Gunner’s Skills Testing and TOW Tables 1-12.

Image:ATGM_Securing_City_Hall,_NOV03.JPG|Avalanche soldiers secure a City Hall in Iraq, November 2003.Image:C_CO,_52_IN_-_Christmas_Picture,_CPT_Molfino_%26_1SG_Coulter,_FOB_Pacesetter.JPG|C-52d IN Christmas photo from FOB Pacesetter, Iraq. December 2003.Image:C_CO,_52_IN_-_SPC_Brown_on_Patrol_in_Bartallah,_South_of_Mosul.JPG|C-52d IN soldier patrols in the snow south of Mosul, 2004.Image:C-52_in_the_snow.JPG|C-52d IN patrols through the snow, Januart 2004.Image:Bridge 8A Security Halt.JPG|C-52d IN at a security halt in Iraq. June 2004Image:C-52 with Lacey Banner 02.JPG|C-52d IN poses with a Thank You banner from Lacey, Washington. August, 2004

Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08)

During an extended 15 month deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 from July 2006 – September 2008, the Avalanche Company operated under the command of over eight different higher headquarters. Its operations spanned much of northern and central Iraqmarker. In July and August 2006, C-52d manned a Combat Outpost in Rabiyah, Iraq in support of 200 personnel for over 30 days, overseeing various military transition teams and all life support operations. In the months of September and October, C-52d operated under Task Force Red Lion in Q-West, conducting assessments of essential services and other security and support operations. Additionally, C-52d conducted clearance operations of Route Tampa resulting in a 75% reduction of IEDs. During late October and November, C-52d operated under 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment in Mosul, Iraqmarker. The Avalanche Company supported clearing operations and performed assessments of essential services that were valuable to restoring stability.

December marked The Avalanche Company’s move to Baghdadmarker as they operated under Task Force Tomahawk. The soldiers of C-52d provided security and conducted several raids during major clearing operations in support of Multi-National Division Baghdad. In late December 2006, C-52d would move to Taji, Iraqmarker, where they would remain through May 2007 in support of 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment. In the Company’s most notable event, Third Platoon of C-52d distinguished itself while responding to a complex attack on a Joint Security Station in Tarmiya, Iraq, enabling the successful evacuation of 21 wounded American soldiers and security of the site. Several members of Third Platoon were awarded Bronze Star Medals for their actions on February 19, 2007. Third Platoon's Platoon Leader, SFC Ismael Iban, was awarded a Silver Star for Gallantry in Action.

SFC ISMAEL IBAN, SILVER STAR

CITATION:

FOR EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS ACTIONS WHILE PARTICIPATING IN A COMBAT RESCUE MISSION ON 19 FEBRUARY 2007 IN TARMIYA, IRAQ.
SFC IBAN’S LEADERSHIP, INITIATIVE, AND COURAGE WHILE SURROUNDED AND UNDER ATTACK BY AN ARMED AND DETERMINED ENEMY ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF MILITARY SERVICE AND REFLECT GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF, C COMPANY, 52D INFANTRY REGIMENT, THE ARROWHEAD BRIGADE, AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.

 

NARRATIVE SUMMARY:

For extraordinary performance and dedication to duty while serving as the Platoon Leader of 3rd Platoon, C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment.
Sergeant First Class Ismael Iban distinguished himself during combat operations by displaying courage, loyalty, and selfless service amidst a determined and lethal enemy.
On 19 February 2007, the Tarmiya JSS, located near Taji, Iraq, was destroyed by an S/VBIED that penetrated the perimeter.
3rd Platoon, C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment was in sector approximately 10 km away when a radio transmission from D/2-8 CAV requested immediate support.
Without fully comprehending the complexity of the situation, SFC Iban ordered his platoon to respond to the Tarmiya JSS.
As the platoon entered the outskirts of Tarmiya, they were immediately engaged with enemy small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from nearby alleys and rooftops.
Recognizing that his platoon was the first to respond and the only element in proximity, SFC Iban made the decision to lead his platoon through the initial enemy contact and continue movement to the JSS.
Observing the chaos in the distance created by a nearly rubbled JSS, engulfed in flames and smoke, the platoon continued movement until they encountered significant debris in the road created by the explosion.
Unable to continue mounted, SFC Iban with four platoon members dismounted their Strykers and rapidly moved over 75 meters under constant enemy automatic fire impacting around them.
Upon arrival at the JSS, SFC Iban quickly assessed the situation and established command and control.
Conducting initial triage, SFC Iban and his men began the necessary prep work that would result in the successful MEDEVAC of over 21 American WIA.
Simultaneous to the triage of casualties at the JSS, 3rd Platoon Stryker Crews worked under enemy fire to create a lane in the road, clearing debris to allow them to establish a defensive perimeter around the JSS.
Upon arrival at the JSS, SFC Iban loaded the worst of the casualties onto his vehicle and began the 500 meter movement with his platoon to a nearby HLZ.
Upon arrival at the HLZ, the platoon was hit by a complex attack, simultaneously engaged by seven RPG’s and multiple enemy machine gun positions from multiple buildings and the woodline approximately 300 meters away.
Immediately ordering his platoon to establish a perimeter to secure the HLZ and engage enemy targets of opportunity, SFC Iban, without regard for his own life or safety, dismounted his vehicle with his air guard to provide additional suppressive fire as four MEDEVAC helicopters approached.
Maneuvering dismounted with nine critically wounded Soldiers under constant enemy fire, the litter teams bounded 100 meters from the cover of Strykers into the open area to the helicopters as rounds impacted within feet of their position.
SFC Iban and his litter teams successfully loaded the nine casualties onto the helicopters and moved back to the cover of the Strykers.
3rd Platoon, under the leadership of SFC Iban, repeated this process several times under intense enemy fire until all 21 American WIA were successfully evacuated from the Tarmiyah JSS.


SFC Iban’s steadfast leadership and dauntless presence was instrumental in leading his 12 man platoon to overcome incredible odds presented by the enemy. With absolute decisiveness, calmness under pressure, and personal courage, SFC Iban’s performance on 19 February 2007 directly contributed to the saving of his fellow Soldiers’ lives in Tarmiya, Iraq.


In Sheik Hamed Village, Avalanche Company conducted bilateral clearing operations with the Iraqi Army, executed several missions against time-sensitive targets, and trained basic soldier skills to an Iraqi Army Battalion, enhancing their ability to secure their area of operations. C-52d also secured key infrastructure, specifically the Khark Water Treatment Plant, which supplies 75% of Iraq’s drinkable water.

In the Brigade’s culminating mission to expel al Qaeda from Baqubahmarker, their self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State of Iraq, C-52d conducted a 50 km attack from the march into battle in support of Operation Arrowhead Ripper. The soldiers of Avalanche Company screened over 2,500 displaced Iraqis attempting to flee Baqubah, resulting in the capture of over 30 Armed Insurgents. Additionally, C-52d conducted an air assault operation that resulted in the discovery and capture of numerous enemy caches including anti-aircraft artillery, indirect fire weapons, IED making materials and various small arms. This operation would severely hamper the enemy’s ability to use indirect fire to inflict casualties and instill terror upon the civilian population.

Led by CPT Erich B. Schneider for the totality of the deployment, the Company successfully redeployed to Fort Lewis in September, 2007 with no loss of life.

Image:C_Company_52d_Infantry_on_GAAF_June06.jpg|C-52 IN on Gray Army Airfield, Fort Lewis, WA after the BDE's deployment ceremony. June, 2006.Image:C-52_Soldiers_in_Green_Zone,_Baghdad,_Iraq,_Dec_13,_2006.jpg|C-52 IN soldiers in Baghdad's Green Zone. December 13, 2006.Image:C-52_Soldiers_in_Baghdad_26DEC2006.jpg|Avalanche Soldiers outside of Baghdad, Iraq. December 26, 2006.Image:LT_kauss_shoe_shopping.jpg|2/C-52d IN stops at a shoe market on patrol in Iraq, 2007.Image:3PLT_SSG_Velez_hands_out_candy_on_patrol_Feb_14,_2007.JPG|3PLT hands out candy on a patrol in Iraq, February 14, 2007.

Image:2PLT_takes_break_from_searching_warehouses,_June_23,_2007.JPG|2/C-52d IN takes a break while searching warehouses near Baqubah, Iraq. June 23, 2007.

Commanders and First Sergeants (since reactivation)

COMMANDERS

CPT Cyle J. Fena, AR[date needed] – JUN 01

CPT Jonathan C. Muenchow, ARJUN 01 – FEB 03

CPT Eric A. Molfino, INFEB 03 – AUG 04 The Arrowhead: Family Readiness Group Newsletter, Vol. 17 August 8, 2004



CPT Arieyeh J. Austin, INAUG 04 – DEC 05

CPT Erich B. Schneider, INDEC 05 – JAN 08

CPT Dan J. Futrell, INJAN 08 – NOV 08

CPT Ryan M. Case, INNOV 08 – Present
FIRST SERGEANTS

1SG Eric Eichenlaub, ARAUG/SEP 00 – OCT 00

1SG Charles R. Geiseweite, INOCT 00 – JUL 03

1SG Timothy W. Coulter, INJUL 03 – FEB 05

1SG Stephen Kessler, INFEB 05 – JUN 06

1SG David M. Corbin, INJUN 06 – JAN 08

SFC Stephen J. Dotson, ARJAN 08 – AUG 08

1SG T. Michael Pickerel, INAUG 08 – Present


Depictions

- In The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Maj. Bennet Marco's patrol belongs to the 52nd Regiment of the Charlie Company. Of course, the Charlie Company never served in Korea, as it was an anti-tank unit. Yet another Hollywood goof.

References

  1. C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment, Army Superior Unit Award 2002-2003 Certificate
  2. C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment, Army Superior Unit Award 2002-2003 Memo
  3. C Company, 52d Infantry Regiment, Army Superior Unit Award 2002-2003 Orders
  4. Lone Sentry: The 9th: The Story of the 9th Armored Division, WWII G.I. Stories Booklet 2004
  5. The General Lee Comes Home
  6. Soldiers celebrate flour mill reopening
  7. Bird’s Eye View
  8. Superman
  9. Bless the Beasts and Children, Part 1
  10. Bread and a Circus, Part II of II
  11. Bread and a Circus, Part I of II
  12. Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System
  13. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
  14. 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment


Sources

  • Michael Yon: The General Lee Comes Home September 24, 07
  • Northwest Guardian: Soldiers celebrate flour mill reopening 06 SEP 07
  • Michael Yon: Bird's Eye View July 25, 2007
  • Michael Yon: Superman 16 JUL 07
  • Michael Yon: Bless the Beasts and Children June 30, 2007
  • Michael Yon: Bread and a Circus, Part II of II June 20, 2007
  • Michael Yon: Bread and a Circus, Part I of II June 19, 2007
  • DVIDS Videos: ING Training Evaluation July 26, 2004
  • GlobalSecurity.org: 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division History as of December 2004
  • GlobalSecurity.org: 1-14 CAV History as of October 2000
  • Perryopolis Soldier Receives Silver Star." The Evening Standard, Uniontown, PA. May 22, 1968: Page 21.
  • www.history.army.mil United States Army Center Of Military History
  • www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil The Institute of Heraldry
  • Army Digest, March 1980, "Bridgehead to Victory." (At Remagen), Pg 30-31.
  • Armor Magazine, September-October 1965, "Narrow is the Way." (Across the Remagen Bridgemarker in Germany).


References


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