By Samira Hedayat
Did you know that the Army’s 7th Infantry Division, also known as the Bayonet Division, turns 103 on December 6?
In celebration of the 7th Infantry Division’s milestone, here’s six need-to-know facts about the unit:
1. Originally created at during World War I, the 7th Infantry Division, activated on December 6, 1917 at Camp Wheeler, Georgia.
Its current headquarters are at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
2. Over the years, the 7th Infantry Division has participated in a variety of U.S. conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Panama and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Arguably, the unit is best known for its participation in the Pacific theater during WWII, when it took heavy casualties during combat in the Aleutian Islands, Leyte and Okinawa.
3. The 7th Infantry Division boasts 17 Medal of Honor recipients and 15 campaign participation credits.
4. The 7th Infantry Division has authority over five active brigades and one associated brigade from the Washington Army National Guard.
It’s also the only active-duty multi-component division headquarters in the Army.
5. The 7th Infantry Division’s official patch features an hourglass.
The patch was first adopted in October 1918 and originated from the use of two inverted and upright sevens to create an hourglass. As a result, the division was also known as the “Hourglass Division.” A bayonet, hence the name “Bayonet Division,” was added as a result of the division’s participation in the Korean War.
6. “Trust in Me” is the 7th Infantry Division’s motto.
The division’s motto, “Trust in Me” shows the nations confidence and trust in the 7th infantry Division. The division is always ready to provide units that are trained and ready to fight at any given time and for any given mission.
-This article was originally published in 2019. It has been edited for 2020.
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