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In World War II the 25th Infantry Division fought the Japanese from Guadalcanal, through the Solomon Islands, to the Philippines. The Division, along with its sister 24th Infantry Division, has the distinction of being the first U.S. Army divisions to engage the enemy during the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian Islands.
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World War II
Resupply in the Pacific
Positions on Guadalcanal
This guidon, donated by Tom Haynes, once flew proudly over A Battery, 90th Field Artillery on Guadalcanal. Source: 25th Infantry Division Association Archives.
Col. Charles Davis (then Capt.), MOH, Guadalcanal
"Veteran Artillery men of the `C' Battery, 90th Field Artillery, lay down a murderous barrage on troublesome Japanese artillery positions in Balete Pass, Luzon, P.I.", 04/19/1945. Source: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
This early version of the "Tropic Lightning" patch of the 25th Infantry Division was prepared by Captain Richard Fitzpatrick, 35th Infantry Regiment, in May 1944. Source: 25th Infantry Division Association Archives, donated by the Fitzpatrick family.
The 25th Infantry Division fought Japanese army forces on Route 5 on Luzon Island in the Philippines in 1945. The battle, which was almost continuous from February, finally climaxed in the battle for Balete Pass in May. The capture of that pass opened the Cagavan Valley to American forces, and effectively defeated remaining Japanese forces in the Philippines. Photo by Bill Barber. Source: 25th Infantry Division Association Archives.