Fort Benning in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Polar Bear Regiment Memorial
—Pro Patria —
In 1918, the 31st Infantry Regiment deployed to Siberia to protect allied interests and guard the Trans-Siberian railroad. In sharp actions with bandits and Red forces, 16 soldiers earned the DSC and 32 soldiers were killed in action. From its two years of service in Siberia, the regiment became known as "The Polar Bear Regiment" and adopted a polar bear as part of its insignia.
Organized - 13 August 1916
Fort McKinley, Philippines
Motto: Pro Patria
Nickname: The Polar Bears
World War I - Siberia 1918 - 1920
Shanghai, China 1932
World War II - Bataan 1941 - 1942
Korean War 1950 - 1953
Korea, DMZ 1953 - 1987
Vietnam 1966 - 1971
Afghanistan 2001 -
Iraq 2003 -
Erected 2011 by the 31st Infantry Association.
Location. 32° 23.119′ N, 84° 57.228′ W. Marker is in Fort Benning, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker can be reached from Fort Benning Road 1.6 miles south of Matheson Road. Touch for map. Located on the Walk of Honor, just to the south of the National Infantry Museum parade ground. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Benning Road, Fort Benning GA 31905, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 96th Infantry Division Deadeyes Memorial (here, next to this marker); 30th Infantry Division / 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Fallen Sniper Memorial (a few steps from this marker); 87th Infantry Division Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne) Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Benning POW Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to the American Revolutionary War Infantryman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Specialist Ross A. McGinnis (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benning.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the 31st Infantry Regiment. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Additional keywords. Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Pro Patria (For one's country)
Categories. • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.