2nd Infantry Division gears up for centennial with living insignia
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — The 2nd Infantry Division formed and photographed a living insignia featuring its storied Indianhead patch Wednesday in the run-up to its 2017 centennial celebrations.
It was the third time since 1925 that the division assembled thousands of soldiers for the unusual photo shoot. The second time was in 2009.
More than 5,000 soldiers wearing dress uniforms, white shirts or red T-shirts gathered on the field to re-create the insignia — an Indianhead superimposed over a white star with a black shield background. Photographers were positioned 40 feet above in two rented cherry pickers.
Some 600 South Koreans were included, reflecting that the 2nd ID is the Army’s only permanently forward-deployed combined division.
The 2nd Infantry Division dates to Oct. 26, 1917, and has remained in South Korea to guard the front lines since the 1950-53 war ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.
Maj. Gen. Theodore Martin, the division’s commander, noted the 2nd ID had spent the longest uninterrupted period based overseas.
“Of all the divisions in the Army, this one’s been away the longest and isn’t going home anytime soon,” he told Stars and Stripes before joining the soldiers to stand on the front tip of the insignia. “We’re excited to reach back to our roots and celebrate our centennial.”
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