Get a U.S. Half Dollar Enhanced to Honor the 15th Infantry Regiment
The 15th Infantry’s insignia pays tribute to the unit’s service in the Civil War and Boxer Rebellion. The red acorns come from the badge of the XIV Army Corps, which the 15th served under during the Civil War. The four acorns represent the 15th’s participation in four major battles – Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. The rock between the acorns is for General George Henry Thomas, who commanded the regiment and is famously known as “The Rock of Chickamauga.” The gold dragon represents the unit’s 38 years in China during the Boxer Rebellion.
As far back as 1798, several 15th Infantry regiments were established in the US. But the current one was formed on May 3, 1861. At Shiloh, they became the first new infantry regiment to engage in battle during the Civil War. By the end of the war, they’d fought in 22 major battles as part of the XIV Army Corps of the Army of the Cumberland.
After the Civil War, the 15th served out West, participating in the Indian Wars and containing the Chicago Railway Riots of 1894. In 1900, parts of the regiment sailed to China to participate in the Boxer Rebellion. At times, they would lead daily expeditions against small bands of Boxers. George C. Marshall commanded the 15th from 1924 to 1927.
Just prior to World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower briefly commanded the 15th’s 1st Battalion. In October 1942, the 15th sailed for Morocco and spent 31 months engaged in battle in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany.
The 15th participated in eight major campaigns during the Korean War and remains in service today, after participating in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom VII, and New Dawn.
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