1916 Beginnings at Douglas, AZ and
The Battle of Ambos Nogales
At the time of her
formation in 1916, tensions were high with neighboring
Mexico. Cross border raids were threatening Americans, the
war in Europe was raging and it was known that Germany was
actively trying to get Mexico to join in their side. These
tensions erupted on August 27, 1918 into the conflict to
become known as the "Battle of Ambos-Nogales" where the 35th
Infantry Regiment suffered her first KIAs. For over a
hundred years Private William H Klint (Clint) was noted in
numerous writings as the first casualty of that battle.
Private Clint was wounded in the battle but did not die.
Through research and contact with his grandchildren we've
been able to tell his story in this segment.
Russell M Brown Photo Collection
Russell M Brown Collection as
provided by Paul Roales. Russell was a member of Headquarters Company,
35th Infantry Regiment in 1918. His photo can also
be found in the 1918 Yearbook.
A Historical and
of the 35th US Infantry
copy of the 1918 Yearbook - 35th Infantry Regiment was donated
by Jim Davis, whose grandfather served with the 35th. The
yearbook was published after the Battle of Ambos Nogales and
just before the transfer of the 35th to the 18th Division in
preparation for deployment to Europe. With the end of WWI, that deployment
never came , but many 35th troops were
previously transferred to units fighting in Europe.
Pictured left is Colonel James H Frier, first
commander of the 35th Infantry Regiment
From the 18th Division to Assignment to the 25th Infantry
Even before the Battle of
Ambos-Nogales broke out, the 35th Infantry Regiment was
being transferred to the 18th Division with the purpose of
deploying to join the fighting in Europe. With the
capitulation of the Germans and the end of the war, the
short lived 18th Division was disbanded and the 35th was
sent to Camp Lewis in Washington state to provide mine and
dam security. This too proved to be a short term assignment
as the 35th was transferred to Hawaii, the "crossroads of
the Pacific", in 1920. And then assigned to the newly formed
Hawaiian Division in early 1921, where she would serve for
the next twenty years. On 1 October 1941, the Hawaiian
Division was broken up into two divisions and the 25th
Infantry Division was born.