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" ... A regiment, which, while it may have no proud record of battles won and honors gained, yet has a spirit and a soul, which, if occasion should ever arise, would show itself true to those high ideals of service for which our executive has always stood."
Thus was the 391st Infantry of the organized reserves described by Colonel Thomas H. Remington of Rochester, New York, at a farewell dinner in honor of Major Lester Baker, then War Department executive for the regiment, on 31 July 1926. And the "occasion" appears to be not far off, for the 391st Infantry was activated for combat duty at Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky, 15 September 1942, as a part of the 98th Infantry Division, commanded by Major General Paul L. Ransom.
And, as General Ransom presented the regiment's colors to the 391st Infantry's Commanding Officer, Colonel Head, on that brisk September morning, indications were that the "best reserve infantry regiment in the United States Army" would now become one of the best regular units.
Unites States Army, World War 1939-1945, regimental histories, 391st Infantry Regiment
United States Army, "The 391st Infantry Regimental History" (1946). World War Regimental Histories. 74.
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