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Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 10:43am

Army Regiment Gets Monument

Its soldiers fought in both world wars and in Vietnam, and now the Army's 47th Infantry Regiment is getting a stone monument placed outside the National Infantry Museum in west Georgia.

A dedication ceremony was scheduled Thursday at the museum on Fort Benning. Veterans of the unit raised $22,000 to place the marker at the museum's outdoor Walk of Honor.

The 47th Infantry Regiment was activated in 1917 and deployed to France during World War I.

Its troops saw heavy fighting in World War II while storming beaches in Morocco, Sicily and at Normandy during the D-Day invasion. Two decades later, the 47th Regiment fought on the rivers of Vietnam.

Today the unit has just two active battalions, both based at Fort Benning, that are used for basic training.

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