Company D 1-181 Infantry

Company D 1-181 Infantry
Company D, 1st Battalion 181st Infantry Regiment (6th Massachusetts)
Active 1864-Present
Country United States
Branch Massachusetts Army National Guard
Size Infantry Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion
Garrison/HQ Hudson, MA
Nickname "Hudson Light Guards"
Motto "Keep Your Powder Dry”
Engagements American Civil War
Spanish American War
Mexican Expedition
World War I
World War II
Iraq War
Afghanistan War (2001-present)
Captain Landon Mavrelis
U.S. Infantry Regiments
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Company D 1st Battalion 181st Infantry Regiment is a heavy weapons company in the 181st Infantry Regiment. It provides anti-armor and heavy machine gun support to the battalion operations. In the National Guard, companies have two histories. They share the history of the Regiment to which they are assigned, but also have a unique company history and lineage. Therefore, Company D 1-181 IN shares the long history of the 181st Infantry Regiment (United States). This site concentrates on the unique history of Company D as a militia / National Guard company in Hudson, MA. The company traces its history to 1864 during the Civil War, when it was first mustered as the Company I, 5th Massachusetts Infantry. It later served as a federalized Massachusetts National Guard regiment with the U.S. Army during War with Spain, Mexican Border Campaign, World War I and World War II. Most recently the Company D has served in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, in Iraq and in Afghanistan.



Formation and Civil War

The present Company D 1-181 IN, was first mustered as Company I of the 5th Massachusetts Infantry on 18 April 1864. The company saw service for one hundred days, and was sent to Baltimore, Md., where it did guard duty at Fort McHenry, Fort Marshall, Federal Hill, and other places.

National Guard and overseas service

In 1894 it was named the Hudson Light Guards.

In June of 1898 The Hudson Light Guards was mobilized for the war with Spain and served at Gunville, South Carolina.

The Land forces of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia were redesignated as the Massachusetts National Guard on 15 November 1907.

On 26 June 1916, Company M of the 5th Mass. Infantry was mobilized for service on the Mexican Border at El Paso, Texas.

World War I

In the First World War the company sent many of its soldiers to Company M of the 101st Infantry, the remainder of the Company served in France as part of the 3rd Pioneer Infantry Regiment. The pioneer regiments included such specialists as mechanics, carpenters, farriers and masons. They were supposed to work under the direction of the Engineers to build roads, bridges, gun emplacements and camps "within the sound of the guns." They received standard infantry training so that they could defend themselves, but there are very few documented instances of any pioneer troops unslinging their rifles. Demobilized in July 1919 at Camp Dodge, IA.

In 1923 the Company was redesignated as Company L 1-181 IN.

World War II

The company was mobilized in January of 1941 for one year of training with the Yankee Division. The year of training ended in December of 1941 but the company’s service continued after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into the Second World War. Company L was relieved from duty with the 26th (Yankee) Infantry Division and served with the 181st Infantry Regiment on coastal defense duty until January 1944, when the 181st Infantry was broken up with the soldiers going to be infantry replacements in the Italian Campaign.

In 1946, The 181st Infantry was re-established. The WWII battle honors and service in the Army of Occupation in Austria of the 328th Infantry were credited to the 181st Infantry. The Company served through the Cold War.

Later service

After World War II the company in Hudson became a tank company assigned to the 110th Armor and 110th Cavalry Regiments. In 2005 The company became Company D 1-181 Infantry.

In September 2005, Company mobilized as an element of JTF Yankee for rescue and security operations in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

In May 2007, D Company mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit's mission was to operate as a Personnel Security Detail for the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, State Department personnel, Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team and the U.N.'S Special Representative to Iraq.

In August 2010, Company D 1-181 IN deployed for one year of service with the International Security Force in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The company coordinated force protection at Camp Phoenix and conducted security operatons in Ghazni, Zabul and Farrah(detachment from Arizona National Guard) Provinces.


American Civil War, I Company, 5th Massachusetts Infantry

Spanish American War, M Company, 5th Massachusetts Infantry

Mexican Border campaign, M Company, 5th Massachusetts Infantry

World War I, 3rd Pioneer Infantry Regiment

  • Champagne Marne
  • Saint Mihiel
  • Meuse Argonne

World War II, L Company, 328th Infantry Regiment (United States)

  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe

Global War on Terror, Company D 1-181 IN

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan War (2001-Present)

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