12th Regiment: Red Lions
July 4, 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 12th Regiment is affiliated with the U.S. Army’s 32nd Armored Regiment. “Victory or Death!”
The 32nd Armored Regiment has a proud and distinguished history of service to the nation. In World War II and the Persian Gulf War the 32nd Armored Regiment proved its courage and bravery.
The Red Lions regiment was constituted January 13, 1941, as the 2nd Armored Regiment and activated April 15, 1941 at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana.
On May 8, 1941, the regiment was redesignated as the 32nd Armored Regiment. The 32nd lived up to its motto, “Victory or Death”, during World War II as it fought valiantly in Normandy, northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes Alsace and central Europe campaigns.
It distinguished itself by battering, piercing and over-running the defenses of the Siegfried Line earning a Presidential Unit Citation for its actions.
The 32nd also was cited in the orders of the day of the Belgian Army and awarded the Belgian Fourragere for its participation in the Ardennes and Belgian campaigns.
In 1991, the bravery and dedication of the regiment were tested again when the Red Lions returned to battle in Southwest Asia. For its actions in the defense of Saudi Arabia and the liberation and defense of Kuwait, the regiment earned a Valorous Unit Award and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.