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137th Infantry Regiment



Valor For Service

(Kansas National Guard)

Chronology :

List of the hometowns of the different units :

Units Towns
Regimental HQ Company, HQ et Band Wichita
Service Company Wichita
Anti-tank Company Topeka
Medical Detachment Wichita
1st Bn HQ Detachment Cotton Wood Falls
A Company Atchinson
B Company Emporia
C Company Council Grove
D Company Dodge City
2nd Bn HQ Detachment Kansas City
E Company Holton
F Company Newton
G Company Kansas City
H Company Lawrence
3rd Bn HQ Detachment Wichita
I Company Wichita
K Company Wichita
L Company Kingman
M Company Lawrence

Campaigns :

Philippine Insurrection :

World War 1 :

World War 2 :

Awards :

Commanderss:

Date Name
26 May 1944 Col. Harold R. Emery
7 Sep 1944 Col. Robert. Sears
31 Oct 1944 Col. William S. Murray

Motto:

Valor for service

Crest:

The regimental crest is a shield with a blue back-ground edged with gold. At the top center is a ‚Äúfitchee‚ÄĚ or pointed segment of green representing service on the Mexican Border in 1916.

At the bottom are crossed, golden bolos representing service of the 20th Kansas in The Philippine War.

In the center is a gold bar or baton. The gold baton was awarded to the regiment by the French War Department commemorating the 137th's capture of the historic town of Varennes in the 1918 Meuse-Argonne offensive. The baton on the shield is taken from the arrus or coat of arms of Varennes.

It represents the baton of a marshal of France. The baton was awarded to the City of Varennes when a young Lieutenant captured Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette at Varennes when they were attempting to escape from Paris during the French Revolution.

The motto at the bottom of the shield, ‚ÄúValor for Service,‚ÄĚ is a magnetic challenge to every person of the 137th Regiment to do their duty to God and country, thus upholding the high standards of service established by those who have gone before.

The five battle stars (awarded in 1945) are for: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

Dans la partie basse se trouve deux bolos croisés représentant le service durant l'insurrection des Philippines.

The book, Combat History of the 137th IR, World War II, printed by "Special Troops" in 1946 shows the crest with five battle stars. The Department of Defense, Office of Heraldry later passed a rule that there could be no changes made to insignia after World War II.

Therefore current 137th soldiers today wear a crest WITHOUT the five battle stars earned in World War II which looks "empty" to old timers.

World War II veterans of the 137th IR prefer to see their crest WITH the five battle stars which they earned with blood, sweat and tears.

The Crest and motto were approved December 8, 1930.

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Crest with 5 battles stars Standard crest<

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