What is the No Slack 2/327 Battalion and what is their history? This post answers those questions and more about these heroes of the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault.
WHERE DID THE 327TH INFANTRY REGIMENT ORIGINATE?
The 327th Infantry Regiment goes way back to the 164th Infantry Brigade of the 82nd Infantry Division at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
During World War I, this newly-formed regiment was thrust into combat in the St. Mihiel Offensive, defending the Lorraine Fort in France.
After being briefly demobilized, the regiment was called to active duty to help defend the nation.
The 327th continued to serve the United States bravely during WWI until its end.
WORLD WAR I
During Operation Market-Garden, the 327th gliders, alongside Allied paratroopers, helped gain control of critical supply routes and bridges within the German-occupied Netherlands.
On 30 November 1945, the 327th Airborne Infantry Regiment was inactivated. Between June 1948 and July 1965, the regiment underwent various reactivations and redesignations, ultimately ending up as the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
WORLD WAR II
VIETNAM WAR During the Vietnam War, they participated in over 40 combat operations, including:
Counteroffensives I through VII
The Tet Counteroffensive
Consolidation I and II
From 1965 to 1972, the 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment was earned their moniker “No Slack!” after fighting for seven consecutive years without relief in the Vietnam War Theater.
OPERATION DESERT STORM
On 24 February 1991, the 1st Brigade 101st Airborne was called back to war, participating in the largest helicopter air-assault mission in military history, participating in the offensive to drive Iraqi forces from Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.
Since Desert Storm, the 1st Brigade has remained actively involved in peacekeeping missions globally to include:
Sinai Egypt Port-au-Prince Haiti Kosovo
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
– Helping Liberating 840,000 people in the city of An Najaf – Protecting supply lines for the 3rd Infantry Division – Assaulting north into the Nineveh Province, just south of Mosul.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 1st Brigade has been credited with:
In September 2005, the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned to Iraq to assume duties in the city of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq.
With the skills they learned from the “Bastogne Bulldogs,” over 20,000 Iraqi Security Forces were able to protect the Iraqi population during this time.
1st BN, 327th IN “Above the Rest”
2nd BN, 327th IN “No Slack”
1st SQDN, 32nd CAV “Bandits”
2nd BN, 320th FA “Balls of the Eagle”
1st BSTB “Spartans
506th infantry regiment was disbanded and their battalions reflagged. 1/506 Band of Brothers was sent to 1st Brigade and 2/506 to 3rd Brigade
WHAT UNITS ARE PART OF THE 1ST BCT?
426th BSB “Taskmasters”
Their long and decorated history is a reminder of the countless number of soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice while defending democracy and freedom worldwide.
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE NO SLACK 2/327 BATTALION
The 327th Infantry Regiment Association exists to provide support, encouragement and brotherhood to the Veterans, Soldiers and Families of 2/327th. Infantry Battalion ”No Slack.”
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