FOURTH U.S. INFANTRY REGIMENT: HOME of HEROES

4th Infantry, 4th Infantry Regiment, Warrior Battalion 1/4, INF 2/4 INF, 3/4 INF,

THE ARMY GROUND FORCES BAND

The Army Ground Forces Band was organized as the Fourth Infantry Regiment Band on July 21, 1845, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Its heritage includes twenty-
six campaign streamers and the French Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star.
 
During the Mexican War, band members fought heroically, becoming the only Army
band to receive a combat distinction from the President of the United States. On
September 21, 1846, during the Battle of Monterrey, members of the band captured an enemy artillery battery and turned it against the Mexican army.
 
In recognition of this heroic action, President Zachary Taylor, who had commanded the Fourth Infantry Regiment during the war, authorized the band to wear red piping on its dress uniforms, commemorating its distinguished wartime service.
 
The Army Ground Forces Band's history includes service in the Civil War, the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, and both World Wars.
 
The band fought with the victorious Third Division, which spearheaded the Battle of the Marne in July of 1918. During World War II, the band participated in the Aleutian
Islands operation of May,1943. Since 1945, this proud organization has been stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Richardson, Alaska; Fort McPherson, Georgia; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
 
Following World War II, the name of the Fourth Infantry Regiment Band was changed to the 214th Army Band. In 1985, Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh Jr. conferred upon the unit the distinctive designation The Army Ground Forces Band.
 
Since that time, The Army Ground Forces Band has served as the Musical Ambassador of the American Combat Soldier, serving as a community outreach asset for United States Army Forces Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

THE OFFICIAL 4TH US INFANTRY REGIMENT SONG
By Captain Edward J. Gotthelf III

THE OFFICIAL 4TH US INFANTRY REGIMENT SONG
By Captain Edward J. Gotthelf III

To the music of “The Happy Wanderer”

1. The crest we wear is red and green,
Of cloth exclusively,
Our Motto “Noli Me Tangere,"
It means “Don’t Tread on Me”

(Chorus)
Fourth Infantry, Fourth Infantry
We proudly serve,
Under your battle honored colors,
And we pledge, Our Loyalty,
We're Fighting Infantry!

2. Our shield contains the Maltese Cross,
A fort, the fleur-de-leis,
An arrow, knife and fifteen stars,
Proclaim our history. (Chorus)

3. In Indian Wars and 1812,
Our banners were unfurled,
We were the first full regiment,
To sail around the world,
(Chorus)

4. We stormed the hill at Monterey,
To rout the enemy,
The cannons of the Mexicans,
Were our artillery!
(Chorus)

5. Alaska and tho Philippines,
Have been our battleground,
The Marne campaign in World War I,
Is rich with our renown,
(Chorus)

6. So now, let's toast this regiment,
Its officers and men,
Who've served and fought so valiantly,
And died over hill and glen,
(Chorus)

The Commander and Conductor of The Army Ground Forces Band, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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