The 77th Sustainment Brigade is the successor to the 77th Infantry Division,
which served in both World War I and WWII. Following World War II, it was re-activated as one of the six combat divisions in the Army Reserve. In 1967 it was re-organized into the 77th
US Reserve Command and went on to serve in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and other various missions. In 1995 it shifted into a role more appropriate for peacetime, becoming the 77th
Regional Support Command and assigned to assist NATO peacekeeping efforts in Yugoslavia. Since then, they have assisted refugees, built roads and schools in Guatemala, and provided medical care and aid to remote mountain towns.
Six soldiers of the 77th
lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Centers in 2001. In the aftermath of the terrorist attack, they assisted civilians, city agencies, and federal agencies. Many of the soldiers also held civilian jobs that aided in the relief efforts, such as firefighters, paramedics, and the police. It was deactivated and reactivated into its current form as the 77th
Sustainment Brigade in September 2008.
The famous “Lost Battalion” of WWI was comprised of nine companies of the 77th
Infantry Division. In the Argonne forest in 1918, the division advanced toward the German line, believing themselves to be supported by French forces on their right flank. However, the French advance was stalled, and the division found itself surrounded by the Germans and cut off. For six days it took heavy casualties, but held it ground. At one point they were bombarded by American artillery, and only ceased when a carrier pigeon got through to the main lines with the message “WE ARE ALONG THE ROAD PARALELL 276.4. OUR ARTILLERY IS DROPPING A BARRAGE DIRECTLY ON US. FOR HEAVENS SAKE STOP IT”. However, the fighting created a distraction that allowed the Allied forces to break the German line.
When the division was initially created in World War I, almost all of its recruits were drafted from NYC. This led to the division being nicknamed the “Liberty Division,” sometimes referred to as the Statue of Liberty Division. Both of these are reflected by the Statue of Liberty on the Unit’s Patch; the same design is employed on the Division’s Combat Service Identification Badge
. The Unit Crest
is a windmill with a red-white-blue base, reflecting the Division’s New York City heritage (it was once called New Amsterdam).