The Manchu dragon insignia
7th Infantry Division "Hourglass" patch (aka the "Crushed Beercan")

Manchu Light

9th Infantry Regimental Combat Team (L), 7th Infantry Division (L)
Fort Ord, CA and Fort Lewis, WA - October 85 to August 95

"Fight Light, Own the Night" (or at least rent it for extended periods of time)
Manchu Scout/Sniper
Heading back to post after a long night in Monterey
Patrolling skills were honed to a razors edge
Gratitude from the Panamanians
Assulting the objective
Navigation (without using a satellite) was a critical aspect of life as a Manchu Light Fighter

History of the 9th Infantry Regiment (Light)

- If you have corrections, questions or comments about this history please e-mail me! -

Apr 83: The 9th Regiment was reorganized under the Army Regimental System with the 1st Battalion in the 2nd Infantry Division, headquartered at Camp Casey, South Korea, and the 2nd and 4th Battalions in the 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, California.

25 Jan 85: The 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry was activated at Fort Ord, becoming the first infantry COHORT battalion in the U.S. Army. (Ed. I suspect that the 3rd Bn was simply a re-designation of 4-9. Certainly by 89 4-9 was not stationed at Fort Ord, but had been moved to Alaska as part of the 6th Infantry Division).

01 Oct 85: 7th Infantry Division was re-designated as the first Light Infantry Division and the various battalions of the 17th, 31st and 32nd Regiments were replaced by battalions from other regiments. (Ed. I need to find out what the other battalions of the 7th IDs 2nd and 3rd Brigades were at this point).

Oct 85: The history of the Manchu Light Fighters starts here with at least 2-9 and 3-9 (Ed. ... and perhaps, for a period, 4-9; see previous note about 4-9) at Fort Ord when the 7th ID was re-designated "light".

16 Apr 87: The First Battalion, 9th Infantry was inactivated and relieved from assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division.

Apr 87 to Nov 87: Troops from the 7th Infantry Division were deployed to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, as the US contingent of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) (
(Ed. I cannot determine which units of the 7th participated in this iteration of MFO, but at this point at least 2-9 and 3-9 were at Fort Ord, and may have participated).

17 May 87: 1-9 was reassigned to the 7th Infantry Division and activated at Fort Ord, California. It was at this time that the Regimental Colors were brought to Fort Ord, and the division's 1st Brigade Headquarters became 9th Regimental Headquarters.

16-30 Mar 88: The 7th participated in Operation Golden Pheasant in Honduras in what the President referred to as a "no-notice deployment exercise and show of force", along with the 1st and 2nd battalions of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) of the 82nd Airborne Division (
(Ed. At least troops from 2-9 participated in this operation. Although I had not yet arrived at Fort Ord, troops from my unit did participate).

03 Apr to 05 Oct 89: 3-9 served as the United States Battalion Task Force in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) (

01 May 89 to 15 Oct 89: Shortly after 3-9's deployment to the Sinai, the remainder of the Regiment was called upon by the President of the United States to deploy to Panama for Operation Nimrod Dancer. (Ed. I joined the regiment in May 89, just a few days after this deployment. I joined the regiment in Panama a few weeks later).

19 Dec 89 to 30 Jan 90: Operation Just Cause, Panama ( The 9th RCTs mission was to enter and clear Panama City of Panamanian Defense Force (PDF) members and Dignity Battalion members (armed civilians paid by President Manuel Noriega). Although the Regiment killed or captured numerous Panamanian villains, captured hundreds of weapons and a variety of explosives, and seized tons of documents, some related to drug activity, they sustained no combat losses or injuries. It was in Panama that the 9th Infantry Regiment earned its 70th Campaign streamer.

Apr (?) to 03 Aug 90: Less than four months after leaving Panama, 3rd Battalion returned on an operational mission supporting Operation Promote Liberty. The mission's purpose was to support the new Panamanian government should they request assistance and to protect U.S. lives and property. The 3rd Battalion 9th Infantry returned from Panama on 3 August 1990.

01-10 May 92: A few elements of the division (its MP Companies augmented by some Infantry) participated quelling the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. (Ed. I am personally aware that units from 2-9 participated in this action.)

(Ed. Mid- to Late 92: Plans were announced to move the 9th RCT to Fort Lewis, WA. For the next several months soldiers were allowed to transfer between the various battalions of the 7th ID. Soldiers from WA were encouraged to transfer into the 9th RCT. We knew that the 7th ID was going to be deactivated, but didn't know exactly when. There was a rumor that the 9th RCT would become a separate light infantry RCT, or perhaps even be the basis for a re-activation of the 173rd PIR).

09 Aug 1993: The 9th RCT officially unfurled its colors at Fort Lewis, WA, although troops had been arriving since Feb of that year. (Ed. We immediately began training to replace the brigade of the 10th Mountain Division in Somalia. However, following the tragic outcome at the Battle of Mogadishu in Oct 93, these plans were cancelled).

18 May 94: Official deactivation ceremony for the remainder of the 7th Infantry Division occurred at Fort Ord, CA, with an official deactivation date of 15 Jun 1994. Shortly thereafter Fort Ord itself was closed as an official US Army garrison as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission's recommendations which had been handed down three years prior.

Dec 94 to May 95: C Co. 3/9 was sent to Panama for operation joint task force - "Safe Haven" Cuban migrant humanitarian relief to support the 92D military police battalion.

Jan 95: 3-9, along with augmentation from the 79th Forward Support Battalion and the 13th Engineer Company, deployed from Ft. Lewis, WA to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of OPERATION SEA SIGNAL where they provided security and humanitarian assistance for more than 21,000 Cuban and Haitian Migrants awaiting immigration into the United States, having fled the tyranny of their countries. Task Force 3rd Manchu as they became known returned to Ft. Lewis, WA in June 1995. (Ed. You can find more information about OPERATION SEA SIGNAL at, although there is no mention of the participation of the Manchus).

24 Aug 95: The 9th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division (Light), was re-flagged and became the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light). As a result of that re-flagging action, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and the 3rd Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment (Manchu) were inactivated. The 1st and 2nd Battalions, 9th Infantry Regiment (Manchu), exchanged Colors and missions with 1st Battalion 5th Infantry, and 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry, respectively. The Manchu name, colors and their store of Regimental memorabilia, including such treasures as the Liscum Bowl ( (Ed. And, as I personally recall, and one of the three much-contested Balangiga Bell ( returned once again to Camp Casey, South Korea and the 2nd Infantry Division.

Aug 95: After just months short of 10 years the Manchu's were no longer Light Fighters. As part of their re-assignment to the 2nd ID, they became mechanized Infantry. However, to this day the Manchus are still expected to complete a 25-mile ruck march with full kit and weapon (changed from the requirement of the mid-80s of four 25-mile marches in four days!) called the "Manchu Mile" every quarter. Soldiers who complete the march are authorized to wear the "Manchu buckle" on their uniforms. Although only Manchus are required to participate they often invite other units and soldiers attached to support the regiment to join in and earn their belt buckles.

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