|46th Infantry Regiment|
Coat of arms
|Branch||United States Army|
|Nickname(s)||"The Professionals" (special designation)|
|Motto(s)||Lead to Victory|
Distinctive unit insignia
U.S. Infantry Regiments
|45th Infantry Regiment||47th Infantry Regiment|
During World War II, the 46th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 5th Armored Division. Landing at Normandy in 1944, the 46th Infantry led the 5th Armored Division in five campaigns earning the nickname "Victory’s Spearpoint".
For their repeated courage under fire, the 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry, was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations, the French Croix de Guerre, and the Luxembourg Croix de Guerre, those nation’s highest awards for gallantry in action.
During the Vietnam War, the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry and the 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry were part of the Americal Division. Both initially deployed to Vietnam with the 198th Infantry Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas. But the 1-46th was placed under operational control of the 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) and later became fully a part of the 196th Brigade. Though the 5-46th left Vietnam when the Americal Division cased its colors in the fall of 1971, the 1-46th deployed to Da Nang with the rest of the 196th. The 1-46th left Vietnam in June 1972.
The 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry subsequently was assigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Ferris Barracks, Erlangen, Germany. It continued in this assignment until late 1984. The battalion was organized as a mechanized infantry battalion. By 1981, as VII Corps flank battalion on the movement to the General Defense Position (GDP), the battalion's initial mission had flanking units of the West German Corps to the southeast. As a result, the battalion maintained an active partnership with a panzer and a panzer grenadier battalion that had the German corps' flank mission, initially Panzerbatallion 104, Pfreimd, and later Panzergrenadierbatallion 122, Oberviechtach. Throughout 1982-4, the battalion was in the process of reorganizing to become a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle equipped unit. The maintenance sections were consolidated into headquarters company, the infantry company anti-tank sections were consolidated into an anti-tank company, additional 2 1/2 ton trucks were received, a fourth infantry company was formed and the M578 Light Recovery Vehicles were replaced by the heavier M88 Armored Recovery Vehicles among other changes in preparation. LTC Werner Banisch commanded for much of this period of reorganization preparation with Major Thomas Rozman commanding as acting commander for several months.
The 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry, was a garrison unit in Europe until September 1972 when it was inactivated.
In October 1987, the 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry, was reactivated at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a Basic Training battalion, (assets derived from the 13th training battalion), charged with providing the force with disciplined, highly motivated and physically conditioned soldiers. Note: the entire 4th Training brigade during this time consisted of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd,and 4th battalions of the 46th Infantry. Later the 3rd and 4th deactivated leaving only the 1st Battalion ("Professionals") and the 2nd Battalion ("Lead to Victory") as the last two basic training battalions on Ft. Knox. In 2011, 1st Battalion became part of the 192d Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia, where it continued to service as a basic training battalion.
As of 2016, 1st Battalion 46th Infantry Regiment still serves as a Basic Combat Training Battalion on Sand Hill at Fort Benning, Georgia organized under the 194th Armored Brigade.
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 5/32 inches (2.94 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, in pale a mullet and a flaming torch Or. On a canton Argent a Roman numeral "X" of the first superimposed on a Roman sword in scabbard palewise point down Or.
This Regiment was organized in 1917 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, from the 10th Infantry. The field is blue, the Infantry color. The charge, a gold torch and star, is taken from the flag of the State of Indiana while the badge of the 10th Infantry is shown on the canton.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 46th Armored Infantry Regiment on 24 February 1942. It was redesignated for the 46th Armored Infantry Battalion on 30 November 1943. The insignia was redesignated for the 46th Infantry Regiment on 2 January 1959.
Tim O'Brien described his tour in Vietnam with the regiment's Alpha Company, 5th Battalion in his book If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home.
46th Regiment or 46th Infantry Regiment may refer to:
46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot, a unit of the British Army
46th (Liverpool Welsh) Royal Tank Regiment, a unit of the British Army
46th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom), a unit of the British Army
46th Infantry Regiment (United States), a unit of the United States ArmyAmerican Civil War regiments
Union (Northern) Army regiments46th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
46th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
46th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment
46th Indiana Infantry Regiment
46th New York Volunteer Infantry
46th Ohio Infantry
46th United States Colored InfantryConfederate (Southern) Army regiments46th North Carolina Infantry Regiment
46th Regiment Militia (Pendleton County, West Virginia), a Virginia State Unit
46th Arkansas Infantry (Mounted)
46th Virginia Infantry