5th Regiment: Bobcats

The U.S. Army Cadet Command established the Regimental Affiliation Program in 1985 to foster unit cohesion, camaraderie, esprit de corps, and the pride of belonging among the diverse groups of Cadets attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course from states around the nation.

Cadets attending LDAC have the unique privilege of being members of one of the Army’s finest combat units. Through the Regimental Affiliation Program, each Cadet organization is assigned to an active Army regiment. The goal of the program is to bind Cadets and cadre together in a close-knit and dynamic organizational relationship with a strong sense of teamwork so crucial to success at LDAC.

LDAC’s 5th Regiment is affiliated with the U.S. Army’s 5th Infantry Regiment. “I’ll try, Sir.”

History

The 5th Infantry Regiment has a proud and distinguished history of service to the nation. From the War of 1812 to Vietnam, the 5th Infantry Regiment has proved its courage and bravery.

Constituted and organized in 1808 as the 4th Infantry, the Bobcats first saw action during the War of 1812, serving with distinction in Canada at Chippewa and Lundy’s Lane. In 1815, the 4th Infantry was consolidated with the 9th, 13th , 21st, 40th, and 46th Infantry regiments to form the 5th Infantry.

The 5th Infantry participated in seven campaigns during the Mexican War and 11 battles during the Indian wars; it saw action in New Mexico in 1862 during the Civil War and took part in the Philippine Insurrection.

During World War II the Bobcats fought throughout central Europe. The colors of the regiment were next unfurled over the Korean peninsula and carried high in every major campaign of that conflict. During the Vietnam War, members of the 5th Infantry were part of 12 major campaigns throughout Southeast Asia.

The bravery and dedication of the 5th Infantry Regiment have been cited in numerous awards, including two Presidential Unit Citations, one Valorous Unit Award and three Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations.

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