Dedicated to the members of the 4th Infantry Regiment
--past, present, and future
NOLI ME TANGERE!
Celebrating 221 years of service to the United States Army.
ANNOUNCEMENT: On behalf of the Warriors and Families and those associated with
the 4th Infantry Regiment, past and present, I want to extend our deepest
sympathies to the families and friends of the two police officers and innocent
civilian who died June 8th, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the hands of two
anti-government extremists. These extremists draped a Gadsden flag on one of
the fallen victims; the Gadsden flag happens to bear the motto, "Don't Tread
The 4th Infantry Regiment's motto since 1812 has been Noli Me Tangere, or
"Don't Tread on Me" and the 4th Infantry Regiment Association emphatically
denounces any perceived association with radical political groups. We grieve
for the families of the victims slain in Las Vegas and ask that citizens
recognize that the 4th Infantry Regiment and other U.S. military organizations
with the same motto are in no way affiliated with those domestic terrorists.
Message from the President:
Thank you for attending the inaugural 4th Infantry Regiment Veterans’ Association Reunion in Vernon Parish (New Llano/Leesville/Ft Polk) June 4-7 2014. This Reunion saw over 150 attendees from the Regiment. We had Veterans from the 1970s, 1980s, 2005, 2009, from 1st and 2nd Battalion and Soldiers and their families currently assigned to 2nd Battalion attending all events.
We enjoyed the hospitality of the Mayor and City Council of New Llano while staying at the Comfort Suites. We were especially pleased to be hosted by Vernon Parish, home of Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center. Mr. John Crook spoke at the Distinguished Member of the Regiment Ceremony welcoming all the Veterans and visitors to Vernon Parish.
We held our first Distinguished Member of the Regiment ceremony where we appointed the very first Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, LTC (retired) Frank Sturek, BN CDR 2-4 IN 2005-2007. We also inducted into the program 2 prior 1st Battalion Commanders, 3 prior 2nd Battalion Commanders, 1 prior 3rd Battalion Commander, 1 prior 1st BN CSM, 1 prior 2nd CSM, and a prior 3rd BN CSM. We also inducted two prior 2nd Battalion soldiers from the 1980s.
We had a awesome experience with learning about the Regiment's history since 2001 from 1st Battalion's mission as OPFOR in Hohenfels Germany and their deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, earning them the title of being the unit most continuously deployed in support of OEF. We learned of the activation of 2nd Battalion in 2005 at Fort Polk, LA and their deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. We also learned about our 3rd Battalion in Baumholder, Germany as part of the 170th Brigade Combat Team in order to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
There was a briefing on the Dade Massacre on December 28, 1835 on the King Road in Florida by the Association President, Richard Wideman. Major Francis Dade led two companies of artillerymen and 11 infantrymen from Fort Brooke to Fort King. They were ambushed by a much larger force of Seminole Indians led by Chief Micanopy. In the first volley of fire, Major Dade was killed. It was reported on 3 soldiers survived the massacre. Pvt. Ransome Clarke made it back to Ft Brooke and reported the attack. Pvt. Edward Decourcey was tracked down and killed by Seminole Indians. The other soldier was illiterate and unable to leave any type of report. The result of this attack, President Jackson placed General Winfield Scott in charge of operations in Florida and ordered additional forces to the region. The 2nd Seminole War had begun resulting in the subsequent removal of a majority of the Seminole Indian from the Florida Territory to Oklahoma. Today there is the Dade State Park and an annual reenactment of the Dade Massacre near Bushnell, FL.
We were hosted by VFW Post 3106 in Leesville for our cook-out in which the wife of Association President, Hannah Wideman, led a team of soldiers cooking a Cajun themed meal of crawfish etouffe, chicken and sausage gumbo, minature meat-pies empinedas, filipino lumpia, french bread, pork boudin and cupcakes. We had games for all, for instance, cards, chinese checkers, hoop throwing, and even a tomahawk throwing contest. Veterans, Soldiers and Families had fun making new friends and renewing old acquaintances. Door prizes were give to include a glass boot engraved "4th Infantry Regiment, Noli Me Tangere". There were auction items to include a print by Larry Selman, signed and numbered, framed "A Warriors Fight, 2-4 in Afghanistan" commemorating 2nd Battalions deployment in 2005.
Hospitality nights were great with veterans gathering around and enjoying telling of their experiences serving from the 1970s to current times in the different Battalions. We heard from soldiers that served as company clerks, communications specialists, infantrymen, "Tower Rats", Company Commanders, Command Sergeant Majors, and Battalion Commanders. Unique we heard from those that served as spouses. The nights ended late but the friendships we formed will last forever.
Join us in 2015 at the Dade State Park, January 3-4, 2015 in Bushnell, FL for a Warrior Rendezvous. Our next Regimental Reunion will be in 2017 at the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO.
Until next time.
Richard Wideman, President
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