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The Regimental Patch
History of the Second Infantry, 1930

Our Army, 1930
By TenEyck Van Deusen



One Hundred and Forty Years of Service in Peace and War;
History of the Second Infantry,
United States Army; 140 Years...2nd Infantry

On a field of Infantry blue ... 
Represeting ... campaigns ... 
Seminole ... Indian Wars ... 
The Regimental designation ... 
Faithfulness ... Courage ... Honor." 

They're right, of course it fades 
And it has to be replaced 
Which causes the usual 
"Unwarranted expense" 
But it's Ours! The Regiment's! 
Godchild of the Standard! 
Worn by each honorable soldier 
Of the Regiment! 
A constant pledge 
Of traditions to be maintained 
Proud service to be remembered. 

Grey smoke - hanging low on the green. 
Green walls of the Everglades - 
Keen white winds of desolate plains - 
Tall arched palms 
And tall, cold pines - 
Glory and Death. Honor and Service 
And always, always the Regiment! 

The Patch is ours! 
Something we cherish. 
The blue and the scarlet on the drab 
Represents to us 
The royal blue, the proud gold 
And the fluttering battle ribbons 
Of our Standard! 
We wouldn't trade it 
For five thousand enamed badges! 
It is ours! 
Distinctive insignia of 
The Second Infantry! 

         TenEyck Van Deusen
         {Former Second Infantryman)


Published in "Our Army" for October, 1929.








Historical Notes


This poem was the facing page for the entire 'History of the 2nd Infantry.'





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