November 1918 — Belgium
World War I 1
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The 145th Infantry was initially in the 37th Division reserve in the Montfaucon-Avocourt area. When the Meuse-Argonne Offensive started the regiment moved into the front line. In this battle the 145th Infantry distinguished itself in the capture of Montfaucon, an action so heroic that it has been commemorated in the Regimental Coat of Arms by a falcon, representing the town which bears the name Falcon Mountain, or Montfaucon. Following the Monfaucon action the 145th Infantry was relieved on October 1, 1918, returning to the vicinity of Recicourt (Meuse Department), where it remained for two days. On October 3 the Regiment moved to the U.S. Second Army Area and was attached to the U.S. IV Corps. On October 7 it relieved an infantry regiment of the 89th Division in the Pannes Sector, and remained in the front line for ten days, until relieved by a regiment of the 28th Division on October 16, 1918. D. Ypres-Lys Far to the northwest, near the English Channel, a new allied offensive was in progress. The Regiment moved on October 18 to the Ypres Area, in western Belgium, arriving on October 21. In this sector the regiment participated in two major attacks. With the 37th Division it was attached to the Army Of France in Belgium, being assigned to the French XXX Corps on October 28. The 145th served with this French Corps until November 7 when it was assigned to the French XXXIV Corps. Here it took part in the Ypres-Lys offensive. It made the historic crossing of the Escault-Scheldt River which is symbolized in Regimental insignia by the wavy blue line representing the river. The 37th and the 91st were the only American Divisions to fight in Belgium, and the 145th Infantry once more distinguished itself in this action.