U.S. Sens. Cantwell, Murray Honor 2nd Infantry Division

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U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) last week introduced a congressional resolution to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Second Infantry Division home based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Formed in 1917, the 2nd Infantry Division continues its record of proud service to our country. The current mission of the Division is to work in cooperation with the Republic of Korea Army forces to deter aggression and maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula. More than 14,600 men and women serve in the Division, with 8,187 stationed at JBLM and 6,416 based on the Korean Peninsula.

“Today, we recognize the legacy of the 2nd Infantry Division, the more than 13,200 members who gave their lives in defense of American freedoms, and the honored place the Division holds in United States history” Cantwell said. “The personal bravery, devotion and sacrifice of those who have served in its ranks are a testament to its status as ‘Second to None.’”

“There is no greater sacrifice than signing up to defend this country and protect our freedoms, and for that, it’s humbling to help introduce this resolution recognizing 100 years of the Second Infantry Division,” Murray said. “The 2nd Infantry Division is not only a source of great pride for Washington state, but a critical part of our nation’s defense. I join an entire country thankful for the bravery of those who serve.”

Brought into service during World War I, the 2nd Infantry Division quickly established its reputation as a valiant fighting force on the battlefields of France, capturing one-fourth of all enemy prisoners taken by American Expeditionary Forces.

The 2nd Division continued to provide invaluable service to American military operations in World War II, the Korean War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

A highly decorated and distinguished force, 40 members of the 2nd Division have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

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