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"To The Colors"

Welcome To The

4th Battalion (Mechanized) 23rd Infantry Regiment

"Tomahawks"

Website

While much of this site is dedicated to the Tomahawk Veterans of the Vietnam War,
we acknowledge, that this proud unit has a history as old as the United States itself.
With this in mind, the founders of this site feel that it is important for us to honor the brave soldiers of the 23rd Infantry Regiment who have gallantly defended our great nation on American soil and also those who have fought for the freedom of the citizens of foreign countries world wide.

 

 

As we move into the 21st century, we want the re-activated,

4th/23rd "Tomahawks"  Stryker Brigade Combat Team
to know that we are equally proud of them in their efforts in Operation Iraqi Freedom..
We "Old Dogs of War" humbly offer our assistance to them and their families in any way possible.  
God Speed to all of you!!!

Thus: We Dedicate This Site, to the brave Men and Women,
of the 4th Battalion/23rd Infantry Regiment
"Tomahawks" 

and
to our fallen brethren who will live within our hearts forever.

Welcome Home!!

 

 "TOMAHAWKS ASSOCIATION"  
Private Yahoo Message board for all "Tomahawks" and family

To Join Contact:
    

charlie13@tomahawkveterans.com
OR

Conn5458@aol.com

In your message please provide: Name, Company and Year you were with the 4th/23rd

Vietnam Photo Albums
All the guys are providing pictures from their tours of duty.
A really great collection of the "Tomahawks" in action.

"Mohawk 6" 
LTC Cliff Neilson,
4th/23rd Battalion Commander 1968
Has shared his personal daily diary with us.
At:
 
"Commanders Diary"

Interesting and historical documents.

 

 



The 10-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 75 from Holton to Netawaka was designated as the Danny J. Petersen Memorial Highway by the Kansas Legislature in 1990 to memorialize Spec. Danny John Petersen, who was the only Kansan awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for service in the Vietnam War. The Medal was awarded by President Nixon posthumously for Petersen's acts of bravery in Vietnam in 1970. The Congressional Medal of Honor was one of 14 medals he received during his military service from April 1969 to his death at the age of 20 on January 9, 1970. Petersen's grave is west of the east drive in the Netawaka Cemetery, one-half mile east of U.S. Highway 75 on Kansas Highway 9.

Citation: 

The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor To:
PETERSEN, DANNY J.

Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
Place and Date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam,
9 January 1970.
Entered service at: Kansas City, Mo.
Born: 11 March 1949, Horton, Kans.

Sp4 Petersen distinguished himself while serving as an armored personnel carrier commander with Company B during a combat operation against a North Vietnamese Army Force estimated to be of battalion size. During the initial contact with the enemy, an armored personnel carrier was disabled and the crewmen were pinned down by the heavy onslaught of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Sp4 Petersen immediately maneuvered his armored personnel carrier to a position between the disabled vehicle and the enemy. He placed suppressive fire on the enemy's well-fortified position, thereby enabling the crew members of the disabled personnel carrier to repair their vehicle. He then maneuvered his vehicle, while still under heavy hostile fire to within 10 feet of the enemy's defensive emplacement. After a period of intense fighting, his vehicle received a direct hit and the driver was wounded. With extraordinary courage and selfless disregard for his own safety, Sp4 Petersen carried his wounded comrade 45 meters across the bullet-swept field to a secure area. He then voluntarily returned to his disabled armored personnel carrier to provide covering fire for both the other vehicles and the dismounted personnel of his platoon as they withdrew. Despite heavy fire from 3 sides, he remained with his disabled vehicle, alone and completely exposed. Sp4 Petersen was standing on top of his vehicle, firing his weapon, when he was mortally wounded. His heroic and selfless actions prevented further loss of life in his platoon. Sp4 Petersen's conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism are in the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Friday, January 9, 1970

Link to: Other Meritorious Citations awarded to fellow Tomahawks.
 

23D INFANTRY REGIMENT

DUI, 23d Infantry Regiment

COA, 23d Infantry Regiment

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA

COAT OF ARMS

Distinctive Unit Insignia. 

    Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Parti per chevron wavy Azure and Argent in dexter chief a cross patée of the second in sinister chief a sea lion with sword in dexter paw of the like langued Gules in base a northern hemisphere with a transport in each ocean both sailing from east to west, all Proper. Attached below the shield a silver scroll inscribed "WE SERVE" in Blue.

    Symbolism: The shield is blue and white, the present and old Infantry colors. The Civil War service is indicated by the white cross of the 5th Corps and the early Philippine service by the sea lion taken from the seal of Manila. The Mont Blanc Campaign of October 1918 in the World War is commemorated by the outline of the lower half of the shield. The regiment has the unique distinction of being the first American regiment to circumnavigate the globe and this is indicated in the base of the shield.

    Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 29 Oct 1924. It was amended on 6 Aug 1968 to add the motto.

Coat of Arms.

    Blazon:

        Shield: Party per chevron wavy Azure and Argent in dexter chief a cross pattée of the second in sinister chief a sea lion with sword in dexter paw of the like langued Gules in base a northern hemisphere with a transport in each ocean both sailing from east to west, all Proper.

        Crest: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure a fleur-de-lis in front of two crossed arrows of the first surmounted palewise by a sword-breaker with seven barbs Sable charged at the hilt with a taeguk Proper all in front of and within an open laurel wreath Vert.

        Motto: WE SERVE.

    Symbolism:

        Shield: The shield is blue and white, the present and old Infantry colors. Civil War service is indicated by the white cross of the V Corps, and Philippine Insurrection service by the sea lion taken from the seal of Manila. The Mont Blanc operation of October 1918 in World War I is commemorated by the outline of the lower half of the shield. The 23d Infantry has the unique distinction of being the first American regiment to circumnavigate the globe and this accomplishment is indicated in the base of the shield.

        Crest: The seven barbs of the sword-breaker (a medieval close combat weapon) and the red and blue taeguk upon its hilt are symbolic of the seven Presidential Unit Citations awarded to the unit in Europe during World War II and in the Korean War. The fleur-de-lis refers to the four awards of the French Croix de Guerre during World War I, three with palm, which are symbolized by the encircling laurel wreath. The arrows allude to participation in the Indian Wars.

    Background: The coat of arms was originally approved on 4 May 1922. The original crest was cancelled and a new crest approved with symbolism revised on 28 Mar 1980.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of the Infantry website: http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/j/r/jrr17/infantry/23inf.htm

Comments, Additions or Corrections: 
 charlie13@tomahawkveterans.com

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