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9th Infantry Division / “The Old Reliables”

 
 
9th Infantry Division / “The Old Reliables” Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 11, 2010
1. 9th Infantry Division / “The Old Reliables” Marker (Side A)
Inscription. The 9th Division was organized on 18 July 1918 at Camp Sheridan for service in World War I. When the War ended, 11 November 1918, deployment of the Division to France was canceled and it was demobilized on 15 February 1919. Reactivated on 1 August 1940, 9th Infantry Division soldiers fought valiantly in 8 crucial World War II campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium, and Germany. After a short inactivation, the 9th returned to the active force on 15 July 1947 as a training division at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and later served under NATO in Germany and at Fort Carson, Colorado, as a combat unit.

“The Old Reliables”
Inactive from 1962 to 1966, the 9th Infantry Division again was tapped for active service in Vietnam. The Division trained at Fort Riley, Kansas, and deployed to Vietnam in 1967. There the 9th fought with distinction in 8 campaigns as part of the Riverine Force. The Division left Vietnam in the summer of 1969 and was inactive for 3 years. In 1972 the “Old Reliables” were reactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington, where they tested new organizational concepts and equipment until deactivated in 1992. During combat in 16 campaigns in two wars, 13 soldiers of the Division were awarded the Medal of Honor.
 
Erected 1993 by Alabama Historical
9th Infantry Division / “The Old Reliables” Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 11, 2010
2. 9th Infantry Division / “The Old Reliables” Marker (Side B)
Association.
 
Location. 32° 25.592′ N, 86° 16.968′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Johnson Avenue east of Lower Wetumpka Road, in the median. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 Johnson Avenue, Montgomery AL 36110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 167th Infantry / Alabama’s Own (a few steps from this marker); Camp Sheridan (a few steps from this marker); 37th Division The Buckeye Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Pickett Springs / “The Best Public Resort” (approx. half a mile away); Airman First Class John L. Levitow Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); Award of Air Force Cross to Dustin H. Temple (approx. 2.5 miles away); Award of Air Force Cross to Ivan M. Ruiz (approx. 2.5 miles away); Award of Air Force Cross to Robert Gutierrez, Jr. (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Additional comments.
1. The 9th Infantry Landed at Vung Tao in 1966
The marker reports that the 9th Infantry arrived in Vietnam in 1967. A member of the 9th wrote in to report that he was “in the 9th and in Vietnam in 1966 amphibious on the landing in Vung
9th Infantry Division / “The Old Reliables” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 11, 2010
3. 9th Infantry Division / “The Old Reliables” Marker
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    — Submitted July 23, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.

 
Categories. MilitaryWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II
 
Camp Sheridan Site image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 11, 2010
4. Camp Sheridan Site
 
 
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