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Re: Vivre la Quebec libre!! (8-) (was Re: Odd FT Idea)

From: jatkins6@i... (John Atkinson)
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 21:40:44 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: Vivre la Quebec libre!! (8-) (was Re: Odd FT Idea)

You wrote: 

>It's still on the rolls as a National guard infantry regt in teh 29th 
Div. Some of >them just got back from 6 months in Bosnia.

As a 29th Infantry Division trooper, yeah, that's the 116th Infantry 
Regiment.  Most distinguished and decorated regiment in the National 
Guard.	Hit the beach at Omaha, etc, etc, etc. C/1/116th did a tour in 
Bosnia.  I might also mention that my Batallion, the 229th Engineer 
Batallion traces it's lineage back to a Civil War infantry regiment 
that also fought in WWI and II.  US Regiments can be old, and we are 
AFAIK the only nation that re-integrated the loosing side's army after 
a civil war.  BTW, the oldest units in the National Guard are stationed 
in Lexington and Concord and carry battle honors from same.  Though the 
oldest National Guard is the Virginia one--est. 1607 as the Colony of 
Virginia Militia under command of one Cpt. John Smith, a mercenary who 
made his reputation fighting against the Turks.  IIRC, that goes back 
before the British Army (not founded until the Restoration after 
English Civil War, when New Model Army laid down it's arms).

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that while some of the Regular 
Army units come and go, the Guard is OLD, and the odds of our 
permitting some piddly little economic crash and civil war interrupting 
lineages that go back before the US was a nation are practically nil.

John M. Atkinson

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