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4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry

The Old Guard

NOLI ME TANGERE - DO NOT TOUCH ME

The heraldry of the Old Guard is symbolic of its history and record. 4th-3rdBased on precedents adopted as early as 1911, the shield contains a hill with a fortification at its summit in the national colors of Mexico, symbolic of service in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1847, as is the bandmaster's baton (called the Chapultepec Baton) on the far left corner. The three white Maltese crosses symbolize service in the American Civil War in the 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac. The 18th century military cocked hat symbolizes the antiquity of the unit. The bayonet is emblematic of the trust of the government in granting its oldest active Army unit the right to march with bayonets fixed. The motto, "Noli Me Tangere," meaning "Touch me Not," is shared with other older units. Major Charles K. Gardner of the 3d U.S. Infantry first suggested the practice of using letters of the alphabet to indicate companies in a regiment in 1816. The Infantry branch adopted the crossed rifles insignia in 1875.



4th-3rd The Old Guard 1967-1971


buffgrunt.com

Tommy J Skiens has put together a website called buffgrunt.com which is the complete history, sitreps, photos and much more all about the 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry. This site includes information on each company that served with the 4th-3rd and many special links.



Vietnam

Counteroffensive, Phase II
Counteroffensive, Phase III
Tet Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase IV
Counteroffensive, Phase V
Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Tet 69/Counteroffensive
Summer-Fall 1969
Winter-Spring 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Consolidation I

Click here to go to the Buffgrunt website.
Click here to go to the 4th of the 3rd Alpha Co website.
Click here to go to the Old Guard Association.