World War II

The 16th Infantry Regiment compiled an impressive record in World War II. As part of the 1st Infantry Division, the regiment participated in the amphibious landings at Arzew, French Morocco, Gela, Sicily, and Omaha Beach, France, each time as one of the two assualt regiments for the division. The regiment spent 443 days in combat and suffered over 1400 KIA and 5000 WIA. It earned 8 campaign streamers (3 with arrowheads), five presidential unit citations, and several French and Belgian awards. The 16th’s soldiers earned four medals of honor and 91 awards of the Distinguished Service Cross, of which 52 were awarded for actions on D-Day. These galleries attempt to illustrate the accomplishments and actions of the regiment during this great conflict.