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2nd – 278th ACR Parade

There was a parade on 04 Dec 2009 beginning at 10:00 am

We are glad you came to show your support for our troops !



There was a great turnout of community support , Roxy Johnson and her horse “Casper” have carried the flag proudly at many events in the area . This took lots of preparation from many people in the community.  Dunlap Tennessee is a great place to have a parade and we love any reason to have one. We will miss our service members and wish them a speedy return.




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The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (278th ACR) is a regiment of the Tennessee Army National Guard with headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. Although termed a regiment, it is currently organized as a heavy brigade combat team.

This is a proud military unit with a rich history including several Medal of Honor recipients.

Motto:  "I Volunteer, Sir!"

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Motto: “I Volunteer, Sir!”

Medal Of Honor Recipients

World War I

  • James E. Karnes
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company D, 117th Infantry, 30th Division.
Place and date: Near Estrees, France, 8 October 1918.
Citation: During an advance, his company was held up by a machine-gun, which was enfilading the line. Accompanied by another soldier, he advanced against this position and succeeded in reducing the nest by killing 3 and capturing 7 of the enemy and their guns.
  • Edward R. Talley
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company L, 117th Infantry, 30th Division.
Place and date: Near Ponchaux, France, 7 October 1918.
Citation: Undeterred by seeing several comrades killed in attempting to put a hostile machine-gun nest out of action, Sgt. Talley attacked the position single-handed. Armed only with a rifle, he rushed the nest in the face of intense enemy fire, killed or wounded at least 6 of the crew, and silenced the gun. When the enemy attempted to bring forward another gun and ammunition he drove them back by effective fire from his rifle.
  • Calvin John Ward
Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 117th Infantry, 30th Division.
Place and date: Near Estrees, France, 8 October 1918.
Citation: During an advance, Pvt. Ward’s company was held up by a machine-gun, which was enfilading the line. Accompanied by a non-commissioned officer, he advanced against this post and succeeded in reducing the nest by killing 3 and capturing 7 of the enemy and their guns.

World War II

  • Harold G. Kiner
Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 117th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Near Palenberg, Germany, 2 October 1944.
Citation: With 4 other men, he was leading in a frontal assault 2 October 1944, on a Siegfried Line pillbox near Palenberg, Germany. Machinegun fire from the strongly defended enemy position 25 yards (23 m) away pinned down the attackers. The Germans threw hand grenades, one of which dropped between Pvt. Kiner and 2 other men. With no hesitation, Private Kiner hurled himself upon the grenade, smothering the explosion. By his gallant action and voluntary sacrifice of his own life, he saved his 2 comrades from serious injury or death.

A few of the Many Unit Citations and Decorations

  1. Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered ST. BARTHELMY
  2. Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered UBACH
  3. Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered SCHERPENSEEL
  4. French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, World War II, Steamer embroidered SCHERPENSEEL
  5. French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Steamer embroidered FRANCE
  6. Belgian Fourragere 1940
  7. Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for actions in Belgium
  8. Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for actions in ARDENNES
  • Headquarters Troop (Athens), 1st Squadron, Troop A (Cleveland) and Troop F (Bristol) each additionally entitled to:
  1. French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Steamer embroidered MORTAIN
  • Howitzer Battery (Maryville), 1st Squadron, additionally entitled to:
  1. French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Steamer embroidered MOSELLE RIVER
  • Headquarters Troop (Cookeville), 3d Squadron; Troops N, R, and S (Smyrna): and Air Defense Artillery Battery (Clarksville) each additionally entitled to:
  1. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945

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How the 117th became the 278th ACR

On 27 October 1954, Federal recognition concurrently was withdrawn from the 287th Infantry RCT and it was broken up as follows to become elements of the 30th Armored Division:

HQ and 1st Battalion as the 278th Armored Infantry Battalion
2d Battalion as the 330th Antiaircraft Battalion
3d Battalion as the 190th Armored Infantry Battalion

117th Infantry Regiment broken up as follows:

HQ and 1st Battalion as the 170th Armored Infantry Battalion
2d Battalion as the 174th Tank Battalion
3d Battalion as the 117th Armored Infantry Battalion

On 1 March 1959, the 117th and 170th Armored Infantry Battalions consolidated with the 278th Armored Infantry Battalion, 330th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion and 176th Tank Battalion and organized and re-designated as the 117th Infantry Regiment. The 117th Infantry Regiment was formed under the Combat Arms Regimental System to consist of the 1st, 2d, 3d, and 4th Battalions, elements of the 30th Armored Division.

Reorganized on 1 November 1973 to consist of the 2d and 3d Battalions, 117th Infantry elements of the 278th Infantry Brigade, 4th Battalion an element of the 30th Armored Brigade.

On 1 November 1973, the 278th Infantry Brigade was made a Separate Infantry Brigade.

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