Re Valerie Rowells recent story about the LeBoff family at the traveling Vietnam memorial wall in Columbia County:
I hope the words that follow will give the LeBoff family some comfort, as well as pride, knowing that Sgt. Johnny LeBoff served his country in a regiment that has a tremendous and distinguished history that goes back to 1901.
The 27th Infantry (Wolf-hounds) were sent to Siberia in 1918 to guard the Trans-Siberian Railway and are named after Adm. Aleksandr Kolchak of the Russian Imperial Navy. A purebred Russian wolfhound was presented to the regiment in 1929 and named Kolchak.
The 27th Infantry Wolf-hounds is the only infantry regiment to have served with the 25th Infantry Division continuously since October 1941.
The Wolfhounds served as the Eighth Armys fire brig-ade in South Korea in 1950, and were instrumental in preserving the Pusan Perimeter.
The Wolfhounds have earned 29 Battle Streamers, three Presidential Unit Citations, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm 1966-68, Repub-lic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm 1968-70, and 14 soldiers (Wolf-hounds) have been awarded the Medal of Honor. ...
God bless the LeBoffs.
Richard D. Renew
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