Freedom Walk of America™ Celebrates The Red Bulls with a Life-Sized Bronze Statue

Strolling through Freedom Walk of America’s™ Rest & Reflection areas, history comes alive visually while assistive listening devices narrate the story of the Red Bulls.  Additionally, teaching plans have been created that will allow teachers to teach and students to learn beforehand, history jump’s off the text book page during a visit.

The slide featured below is an artist conception of how the Red Bull memorial will appear within its setting.

Red Bulls Memorial Vignette

Memorial to the 34th Infantry Red Bull Division: The Freedom Walk of America™

The Big Picture

The Red Bull Story

The 34th Infantry Red Bull Division’s members have ever distinguished themselves, earning through sheer determination, dogged perseverance and loss of life many superlatives in the unit’s long meritorious history.  “There’s no glory in the infantry,” proclaimed the narrative in a government movie about these brave Midwestern foot soldiers that selflessly put themselves in harm’s way.

Here now is glory, richly deserved. The Freedom Walk of America™ honors the 34th Infantry Red Bulls and the freedoms of the citizens that they have defended, and stand ready to defend today.

Our Founding Fathers set down for posterity the liberties that define America courageously instituting the high ideals which have served America and its citizens for more than 200 years. But, high ideals do not defend themselves against interlopers who would usurp them. That role relies on the likes of the 34th Infantry Division, staunch defenders of these freedoms.

Citizen-soldiers from the core of America, the Red Bulls have fought, died, and prevailed defending the fundamental American freedoms embodied in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The rights are commemorated in this memorial lest none forget.

True patriots, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division have long battled to secure the continued survival of our most precious freedoms that are the envy of the world: support of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness recognized as God-given rights for all Americans, regardless of race, creed or national origin.

34th Infantry Red Bull Division shoulder sleeve insignia with Red Bull skull on black Mexican water pot fieldThe legendary 34th Infantry Red Bull Division based in Rosemount, Minnesota over its long history has comprised soldiers from Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Idaho and Wyoming –The Heart of America. These soldiers have united in support of imperiled freedom, without limit, pledging life and limb, driven by love for God and country.

The 34th Infantry Red Bulls in Battle: A Legacy of Gallant Perseverance

A National Guard unit, the 34th Division was formed in 1917. Preparing to enter World War I, the unit began serious combat training at Camp Cody, New Mexico. The unit needed an insignia. Enlisted man and artist, Marvin Cone, designed the winning entry in a contest, superimposing a red bull’s skull onto a black background image of a Mexican water pot, or olla: The Red Bull Division’s identity came to life with the adoption of Cone’s insignia. The division was deployed to France in October, 1918 where the division was divided into replacement units. Artillery and Infantry units fought admirably under the 42nd Infantry Division.

As war raged in Europe and Asia, the 34th Infantry was activated on February 10, 1941, entering intensive war training at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, marked America’s official entry into World War II, and the 34th was the first division to be deployed overseas. The unit arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland to begin rigorous training. The men of the 34th performed so well that 80% of the first volunteers in the elite strike force, Darby’s Rangers, came from the 34th Division.

The Red Bull Division saw first combat in North Africa, landing at Algiers on November 8, 1942. Successful there, the 34th pushed eastward into Tunisia. Fierce battles raged back and forth, at high cost, until the 34th Red Bulls won victory at Hill 609, the Nazi’s last fortified position in North Africa. Total battle casualties numbered over 4,000 soldiers, with half missing in action.

Variation of 34th Infantry Red Bull insignia with red bull’s skill superimposed on fleur di lis atop standard black Mexican water potThen, it was on to Italy where the 34th established staging camps for the Allies in Sicily. The effort to expel the enemy from Sicily was so decisive that Italy surrendered, dropping out of the war. Still, German forces fought on, often from heavily fortified battlefield positions. The Red Bulls trudged from one Italian battlefront to the next in a trek up muddy mountain passes, leading pack mules with provisions. They endured mines, rifles, machine guns, mortar and artillery in a long, grueling series of battles. Bitter hand-to-hand combat ultimately drove the enemy from their strongholds. Step by bloody step, the 34th advanced from battle to battle, ultimately claiming victory with the German surrender to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division on May 2, 1945.

Remembering Red Bulls Who Gave All

These images are dedicated to those Minnesota National Guard Service members who have died in a combat zone since 9/11/01.

Spc. George W. Cauley
Maj. Tad T. Hervas
Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick
Spc. James D. Wertish
Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV
Staff Sgt. Greg N. Riewer
Sgt. Maj. Michael Mettille
Staff Sgt. James M. Wosika Jr.
Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte
Sgt. Bryan T. McDonough
Sgt. Corey Rystad
Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson
Sgt. Kyle R. Miller
Sgt. Brent W. Koch
Staff Sgt. David F. Day
Sgt. Jesse M. Lhotka
1st  Lt.  Jason G. Timmerman
Sgt. Maj. Dennis L. Tellock

For more information about our fallen heroes . . .

Particularly remembered here are 34th Infantry Red Bulls posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor:

  • Pvt. Furman L. Smith of Central, S.C., (P) for 31 May 1944 action near Lanuvio, Italy;
  • 2d Lt. Thomas W. Wigle of Detroit MI, (P) for 14 Sept. 1944 action in vicinity of Monte Frassino;
  • Capt. William W. Galt of South Great Falls, MT, (P) for 29 May 1944 action at Villa Crocetta, Italy;
  • Pvt. Robert Booker (P) of Gallaway, NE, for action in Tunisia in March 1943;
  • PFC Leo Powers of Adler, MT. for 3 Feb. 1944 action at Cassino;
  • Lt. Ernest Dervishian of Richmond, VA, for 23 May 1944 action location unknown;
  • 1st Lt. Beryl R. Newman of Baraboo, WI, for May 1944 action near Cisterna, Italy;
  • S/Sgt. George J. Hall of Brooklyn, N.Y., for 23 May 1944 action at Anzio;
  • St. Paul Riordan of Kansas City, KS, (P) for 12 Feb. 1944 action at Cassino.

Source: 34th Infantry History

The Red Bull Division served for a remarkable record 517 days in combat during WW II. A total of 3,737 valiant soldiers were killed in action, and 14,165 were wounded. The division earned three unit citations and numerous service medals.

Awards:

  • Medal of Honor: 10
  • Distinguished Service Crosses: 98
  • Distinguished Service Medals: 1
  • Silver Stars: 1,153
  • Bronze Stars: 2,545
  • Legion Of Merit: 116
  • Soldier’s Medal: 54
  • Purple Hearts: 15,000

Casualties:

  • Killed in Action: 3,737
  • Wounded in action: 14,165
  • Missing in action: 3,460

Division statistics source

Perhaps the Red Bull slogan best captures the essence of this heroic body of soldier-defenders of America’s most precious freedoms:

“Attack, Attack, Attack”

Additional Sources:

34th Infantry Division – Minnesota National Guard

34th Infantry Division (United States) – Wikipedia

34th Infantry Division Association

‘Red Bull Attacks: A Television Documentary about the 34th… The Big Picture

34th Infantry Division World War II Resource Site 1941-1945

34th Red Bull Infantry Division – Facebook

34th Infantry Division Association – Facebook

34th Infantry Division – World War II Divisional Combat

34th Infantry Division – Global Security

34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division – Minnesota Military PDF