158th Infantry Regiment Pre WWII DUI, screwback

This auction for an American Metal Crafts Co. 158th Infantry Regiment Pre WWII DUI, screwback.

Following the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the 158th Infantry Regiment was removed from the 45th Division becoming a separate Regiment. January 1942 found the Regiment embarking at the Port of New Orleans and disembarking in Panama w they trained in jungle warfare. They were on their way to Australia by the 2nd of January 1943, landing two weeks later at Bisbane, Queensland.
On Christmas Day 1943 Safford's Company G embarked for Arawe. It was t that the 158th Infantry had its "baptism of fire."

After the landing on Wakde-Sarmi in Dutch New Guinea they fought the Japanese 6th Tiger Marine Division from the 17th of May to the 12th of June, 1944. The regiment traded 77 officers and men for 3000 of the enemy. They were relieved on the 12th of June by the 6th Infantry Division ( which spoke well for the regiment as it took an entire division to replace them ). With only a brief rest on the morning of July 2nd, the Regiment went ashore at Neomfoor with the mission to destroy the enemy and construct an airstrip that would handle B-29 bombers. Fifteen days later the mission was accomplished and General MacArthur landed on the newly constructed B-29 airdrome.
It was at the battle at Lingayen Gulf, w the Japanese
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