The nickname of the 108th Infantry Regiment, “Third New York,” recognizes the Regiment’s origins in 1898 as the 3rd New York Volunteer Infantry. Though mustered for Federal service during the Spanish-American War, the Regiment saw no combat action. It would be reorganized as the 3rd Infantry Regiment in 1907 and serve along the Mexican border in 1916 before being mustered into Federal service in 1917; in October of that year it was reorganized and redesignated as the 108th Infantry and assigned to 27th Division as part of the 54th Infantry Brigade. It was awarded credit for participation in three World War I campaigns: Somme Offensive, Ypres-Lys, and Flanders 1918.

Besides the Spanish-American War and World War I, the 108th has also earned campaign participation credits for World War II and the War on Terrorism, with specific companies of the Regiment’s 2nd Battalion awarded standalone campaign participation credit. In the War on Terrorism, subordinate units of the 2nd Battalion were honored with Valorous Unit Awards for their actions between 1 October 2004 and 1 November 2004 and 12 February 2004 and 15 February 2005, and the entire Regiment was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for their outstanding performance between 15 February 2005 and 26 December 2004.

First approved on 29 April 1925, the 108th Infantry Regiment’s Regimental Distinctive Insignia, sometimes referred as a unit crest or simply RDI, pays tribute to the Regiment’s wartime service in France during the First World War. The fasces in the middle represent France, with the golden lions on either side symbols of Britain and Belgium supporting their ally. The unit motto, “VIRTUE NON-VERBIS,” translates into English as “By Valor, Not Words.”

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