History of the 327th Infantry
The 327th Infantry was activated on 17 September 1917 as an element of the 82nd Infantry Division. During World War I, the 327th Infantry helped reduce the St. Michael Salient and conducted offensive operations at Meuse-Argonne.
On 15 August 1942, the redesignated 327th Glider Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. In June 1944, the 327th was committed to combat in the Normandy Invasion. Subsequent operations with the 101st Airborne Division were the capture of Carenton, operations Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge.
During the Battle of the Bulge, the battalion played a key role in the defense of an encircled town of Bastogne. There the unit earned the nickname "Bastogne Bulldogs". The unit's mascot, " Nuts" served as a reminder of BG McAuliff's reply to the German's ultimatum to surrender at Bastogne.
On July 1965, the 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry departed for Vietnam. Within a year, the battalion earned the reputation of an outstanding combat unit because of their "No Slack" fighting spirit. Operations of the battalion in the republic of Vietnam were conducted in Trung Luong, Dak To, An Khe, Phan Rang, and Ashau. Being selected as the last infantry unit of the division to leave Southeast Asia distinguished the battalion with the record for the longest continuous combat service in Vietnam of any infantry battalion in the United States Army.
On 6 September 1990, the "No Slack" battalion deployed to Saudi Arabia to serve the country in Operation Desert Shield. As the brigade main effort in the covering force battle, the battalion assumed combat posture as the forward most deployed unit. Through innovative tactics applied to the desert environment and the firm resolve of each soldier, the battalion served our nation proudly in the defense of Saudi Arabia, the deterrence of further Iraqi aggression, the protection of American interest in the Persian Gulf, and the enforcement of the United States resolutions.
During Operation Desert Storm, the "No Slack" Battalion once again led the division as one of the first battalions to seize and hold Iraqi soil. "No Slack" assaulted deep into Iraq during the largest Air Assault operation in history. The tenacity with which the battalion brought the fight to the enemy ensured a quick and decisive victory.
On 16 April 1998, the "No Slack" Battalion was once again challenged to set new standards for the division and the XVIII Airborne Corps. The battalion simultaneously deployed its forces to execute security missions in Southwest Asia and the Republic of Haiti, while maintaining its readiness posture on the home front.
On 29 August 2000, Task Force 2-327th Infantry deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian. Task Force "No Slack" performed Peace Support Operations, conducted over 6000 patrols, guarded nine fixed sites, conducted ten cordon and search missions, and provided humanitarian assistance. The Battalion distinguished itself by providing the longest period of no violence in its area of operation while enforcing UN Resolution 1244.
The 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry has trained and fought as Regular Infantry, Glider Infantry, Airborne Infantry, and Air Assault Infantry. Each time the battalion validated the effectiveness of a new battle concept and confirmed the battalion's place in history.
"No Slack" now stands before you as a trained, experienced, and proud Air Assault Infantry Battalion prepared to continue its Rendezvous with Destiny.