About the 24th Infantry Division
We are known as "the First to Fight Division," which has been borne out by our record. We were the first to take arms against Imperial Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor, and we were the first to engage the North Korean aggressors with Task Force Smith at Osan, SK on July 5, 1950.
Of the 24th, Japanese Army General Yamashita said "It broke the back of the Japanese Army at Breakneck Ridge" on Leyte. And the liberated people of The Philippines called us "Victory."
Soldiers of the 24th Division have always stood ready to defend freedom and the democratic way of life, anytime, anywhere, against all aggressors, whether in the jungles, through the snow, or on the sands of Iraq half way around the globe. We are fiercely Proud of our heritage as the "First to Fight" in defense of Freedom!!!
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