6th Regiment: The Regulars
June 21, 2011
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 6th Regiment is affiliated with the U.S. Army’s 6th Infantry Regiment. “Unity is Strength”
The 6th Infantry was constituted in Vermont during the War of 1812 and first went into battle in November 1813 during the Canadian Campaign. In 1814, under the command of U.S. General Winfield Scott at the battle of Chippewa, his poorly outfitted Soldiers routed the British. “Those are regulars, by God,” exclaimed the British commander. From then on, Soldiers of the 6th Infantry continued to earn the right to be called, “The Regulars.”
After the War of 1812, the regiment aided the westward expansion of the young United States during the Indian wars. The 6th participated in the Mexican War, then returned to frontier duty.
The Civil War took the 6th Infantry to such battles as Manassas, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, where the unit performed bravely. The regiment resumed frontier duty after the Civil War and participated in the Sioux uprising at Little Big Horn.
The regiment fought in the war with Spain, participated in the fighting on San Juan Hill, and later in the Philippine Insurrection and the Mexican Expedition.
At the beginning of World War I, the 6th joined the 5th Division in Europe, where it attacked the German lines across France and Germany. When the armistice was signed, the 6th Infantry held the forward-most lines in the American sector.
In 1940, with war looming on all sides, the 6th Infantry was redesignated as armored infantry and assigned to the 1st Armored Division. During World War II, the regiment stormed Arno and Anzio and drove the Nazis from Morocco. The Regulars later served gallantly in Southeast Asia.
During Operation Just Cause, the 6th spearheaded an attack which ultimately led to the surrender of Panamanian dictator General Manuel Noriega.
Regimental honors include the Presidential Unit Citation, the Valorous Unit Award and three Medal of Honor recipients.