13th Regiment: Men of War
July 8, 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 13th Regiment is affiliated with the U.S. Army’s 33rd Armored Regiment. “Men of War.”
The 33rd Armored Regiment has a proud and distinguished history of service to the nation. The Men of War regiment was constituted Jan. 13, 1941 as the 3rd Armored Regiment and activated April 15, 1941 at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. On May 8, 1941, the regiment was redesignated as the 33rd Armored Regiment.
The 33rd proved its courage and bravery, and lived up to its nickname and motto, “Men of War” during World War II as it fought valiantly in Normandy, northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and central Europe campaigns.
It distinguished itself during two savage attacks on the city of Mons, Belgium from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 1944. The battle resulted in the capture of Mons from the German 7th Army. Following the liberation of Mons and the mauling of elements of the German 7th Army, the Men of War moved back to reinforce the Siegfried Line on the western border of Germany.
For its gallant and decisive action in the battle and capture of Mons, the 33rd Armored was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with silver gilt star by the provisional government of France.
The bravery and dedication of the 33rd was additionally recognized with a Presidential unit citation with streamer embroidered “hastenrathscherpensel,” and citations in the orders of the day of the Belgian army for participation in the Ardennes and Belgian campaigns.