in the Army and was formed under the command of Maj. Gen. George Cameron on Dec. 10, 1917, at Camp Greene, N.C.
During the past 87 years, more than 540,000 soldiers have worn the distinctive patch of the Ivy Division on their uniforms. They have established a legacy of dedicated service to the nation that has spanned almost nine decades since its inception to fight in the "Great War" of World War I.
Among the 540,000 soldiers, the division has seen 16 Medal of Honor recipients, including Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Since its inception, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers have served their nation, having fought in combat operations dating as far back as World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and recently returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom earlier this year.
In March 2003, 4th Inf. Div. deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Division headquarters was established in Tikrit and the division's brigades were located over a large Area of Operations in the "Sunni Triangle." 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers conducted numerous raids and patrols seeking the remainder of Saddam Hussein loyalists and terrorist operatives in the area.
On Dec. 13, 2003, the division was responsible for finding and capturing Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president.
During World War I, the Ivy Division was involved in five major campaigns that ultimately helped to break the Hindenburg Line and led to the demise of the German war machine.
During World War II, 4th Inf. Div. was the first division to land on Utah Beach on D-day, June 6, 1944. It was the first division to reach Paris, the first infantry unit to cross the German border, and it defended the southern shoulder of the Battle of the Bulge against the German offensive.
In Vietnam, the Division fought in 11 major campaigns over four and a half years.
In addition to the wartime and counter-insurgency missions, the Division was instrumental in opening and supplying thousands of schools, hospitals and clinics within their area of operation. Division personnel also repaired bridges, roads, power plants, oil pipelines, water mains and many other essential parts of the Iraqi infrastructure.