By Joe H Camp Jr.

South Carolina servicemen made a superb and early contribution in WW II, while in February 1942 a gaggle of them, all items of the state's 4 pre-war ROTC courses, have been assigned to the thirty second "Red Arrow" Infantry department (Michigan-Wisconsin nationwide Guard). during this unusual and expedient pairing, and in a single of the earliest Infantry devices to be ordered in a foreign country after the Pearl Harbor assault, they participated within the first offensive waged within the Pacific Theater below basic Douglas MacArthur's command. In victory, the purple Arrows suffered over ninety% casualties there at Buna, Papua New Guinea. those that emerged from that first tragic and defining conflict stayed directly to shape the Division's center of management for the rest of the battle, and in doing so accrued the various optimum overall hours in wrestle in U.S. military background. The identify "32 replied" alludes not just to the Division's nomenclature but additionally to the thirty-two overall documented South Carolina reservists came across during this learn, who stepped as much as solution the decision to accountability quickly after the battle emergency's onset.

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