second infantry division

Famous photo of General Dwight D. Eisenhower addressing American paratroopers prior to D-Day.

“Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. ‘Full victory-nothing less’ to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.” Eisenhower is meeting with US Co. E, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike) of the 101st Airborne Division, photo taken at Greenham Common Airfield in England about 8:30 p.m. on June 5, 1944. The General was talking about fly fishing with his men as he always did before a stressful operation.

Lt Wallace C. Strobel is seen wearing the number 23 around his neck.

New York, 1920: the 2nd “Fighting Sioux” Infantry Division deploy in crowd-control formation, armed with the latest Springfield Mauser-pattern rifles and Browning air-cooled LMGs. After widespread rioting due to the Influenza Plague overwhelmed the NYPD and the National Guard, the battle-hardened 2nd was called in to crush the vandals.

During the first day, the 2nd was charged five times, losing twelve men and killing three hundred. After five days of this, the riots ground to a halt, and the NYPD was able to move in and mop up. “The Battle of the Bronx” as the engagement has become known, lives on in 2nd Division lore.

“They hit us like a goddamn sandstorm, but we held the line and we pushed back like some devils outta hell. Poor dumb bastards got ground to dust.” – Captain Charley T Sawyer, Baker Company, 2nd Inf. Div., 1924