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Port Arthur in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

143rd Infantry Regiment

143rd Infantry Regiment Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
1. 143rd Infantry Regiment Marker
The 143rd stems from the Third Regiment of Infantry which was organized in 1880 from existing companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard, five of which participated in the Spanish American War. Company I of the Third Regiment served in the army of occupation after hostilities ceased. In 1905 the regiment was redesignated as Third Infantry, Texas National Guard and later served on the Mexican border with General Pershing during the border disturbance of 1916-17. The regiment was inducted into Federal service 5 August 1917 and along with the Fifth Regiment was redesignated 143rd Infantry 36th Division. The regiment served with destinction in World War I; while attached to the First French Army during the Muese Argonne campaign. Company C 143rd was mustered into service in Beaumont 24 November 1926 and served under state control prior to its induction into Federal service 25 November 1940. The company was moved to Camp Bowie in January 1941 where it was brought up to war time strength with draftees. After over a years intensive training and sucessive moves to Florida, the Carolinas and Cape Cod Massachusetts, Company C was shipped overseas
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to north Africa. Following debarkation at Oran Algeria, there was more training and moves, the last of which was to the staging area for the initial invasion of continental Europe. The 143rd regimental combat team waded ashore at Salerno at 7 30 a.m. D-Day 9 September 1943 as the designated reserve for the division but came under attack immediately. The successes at Salerno and southern France D-Days are history as are the final outcome of all of the other campaigns in which the 143rd and the 36th division were engaged. After V-E Day the division was demobilized and the personnel sent home.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, World IWar, World II.
Location. 29° 57.207′ N, 93° 52.659′ W. Marker is in Port Arthur, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Gulfway Drive (State Highway 87) and State Highway 73, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7626 Gulfway Drive, Port Arthur TX 77640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War II 36th Division Support Troops (here, next to this marker); Thirty Sixth Infantry Division (here, next to this marker); 111th Combat Engineers (here, next to this marker); Women's Peacetime and Wartime Service
143rd Infantry Regiment Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
2. 143rd Infantry Regiment Marker
(a few steps from this marker); 'Man's Best Friend' (a few steps from this marker); The Four Chaplains (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish-American War (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchant Marine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Arthur.
More about this marker. Located inside the Golden Triangle Veterans Memorial Park
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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