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Twenty-Third Infantry Regiment

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TIME AND PLACE OF ORGANIZATION:
Summer of 1917 at Syracuse, N. Y.
 
The 23rd Infantry consisted of A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, Med, MG, HQ and Sup. Companies. (Ed.)
 
Names of Commanding Officers
Colonel Walter K. Wright (March 15, 1917 — Feb. 15, 1918)
Colonel Paul B. Malone (Feb. 15, 1918 — Sept. 2, 1918)
Colonel Robert O. Van Horn (Sept. 2, 1918 — Sept. 11, 1918)
Colonel Edward R. Stone (Sept. 11th, 1918 — March 1, 1919)
Colonel Milo C. Corey (March 1, 1919 — June 15, 1919)
Lt. Col. D. W. Spurloch (June 15 — 23, 1919)
Col. Milo C. Corey (June 23, 1919 to date).
 
Date of Arrival in France.
September 20th, 1917.
 
Training Periods.
Intensive training in vicinity St. Thiebault and Goncourt until March 17th, 1918; some of the units used as provost and construction detachments. Vicinity of Cheminon-la-Ville and Lisle-en-Rigault, May 10th-20th, during which time regiment was inspected by General Pershing. On May 20th moved by train and marching to Chaumont-en-Vexin and Trie-la-Ville. Training for large scale operations was vigorously pushed. Plans for the relief of the 1st Division at Cantigny were changed because of the German drive on Paris.
 
Verdun Sector.
On March 17th, 1918, the regiment occupied a sub-sector near Ranzieres, taking over C. R. Riga from the French. March 28th C. R. Turin was taken over from the French. Sub-sector Lacroix was occupied April 23rd, one battalion holding C. R. Chevreuils, and one C. R. Sangliers. The entire period was quiet save for two enemy raids and one raid by our own forces Few casualties were suffered.
 
Aisne-Marne Defensive (Chateau Thierry).
Chateau Thierry area started May 31st. The regiment was thrown into a gap in the French line near Coulombs on June 2nd. Small enemy attacks were beaten off. June 4th relieved by the French and on June 5th, the 1st and 3rd Battalions took over the line from Bouresches to Le Thiolet, relieving the Marines. These two battalions attacked late in the afternoon June 6th, gaining their objective with heavy losses. The regiment retained the portion of the line Bouresches-Le Thiolet (both inclusive) until July 9th. The period was one of great activity but the only notable offensive action after June 6th was the attack July 1st. Our 3rd Battalion, attacking with a Battalion of the 9th, captured Bois de la Roche and the ground on the left of Vaux.
 
Aisne-Marne Offensive (Soissons).
On July 18th attacked from a position near Longpont. Advance was 9 kilometers. Relieved night July 19th-20th. Marched to St. Etienne, thence to Ormoy-Villers. July 30th, moved to Nancy.
 
Marbache Sector.
A portion of the line near Pont-a-Mousson was held from August 4th to August 16th when the regiment moved to Allain to prepare for the St. Mihiel Drive.
 
St. Mihiel Offensive.
The regiment attacked near Limey September 12th, advancing 9 kilometers and capturing Thiaucourt. September 14th relieved and moved by easy stages to Camp Lafayette near Souain where it arrived September 30th. Colonel Edward R. Stone had assumed command September 11th.
 
Meuse Argonne Offensive (Champagne)
October 3rd attacked as part of the 4th French Army ­General Gouraud. Supported the 9th to the Medeah Farm Objective and then passed through them, storming the heights southeast of St. Etienne-aux-Arnes. The resistance was strong and the fighting more bitter than in any other engagement. Remained in action until October 9th. Relieved by 141st Infantry October 9th-10th, marched to Camp Noblette near Chalons-sur-Marne, remaining there until October 22nd, when the regiment moved, by marching, through St. Mennehould and the Argonne to a position in the woods near Exermont.
 
Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
On the night of October 31st—November 1st, relieved the 165th Infantry and attacked at 5.:30 A. M., November 1st on a two-kilometer front. Captured Landres-et-St. Georges, Bois Hazois and Bois l 'Epasse. Advancing continuously from November 1st to November 5th, captured Fosse, Letanne and Beaumont.
 
March to the Rhine.
The Armistice found the regiment in and around Yoncq. Preparations were immediately made for the march to the Rhine. The movement to the Rhine started November 16th. Passing through Stenay, Virton, into Belgium, thence through Luxembourg, crossed the Sauer River into Germany at Bollendorf on December 1st. On December 13th crossed the Rhine at Remagen, and on December 20th went into permanent billets at Vallendar, Germany.
 
THE SECOND DIVISION
SYLLABI OF THE HISTORIES OF REGIMENTS AND SEPARATE ORGANIZATIONS
From dates of organization to June 1, 1919.
Coblenzer Volkszeitung, Coblenz, Germany.
 
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