V Corps Inactivation


U.S. Army Europe Band


WIESBADEN, Germany -- On 12 June 2013, the USAREUR Band took part in a historic ceremony marking V Corps' inactivation after nearly a century of service to the U.S. Army.  The ceremony took place in the majestic setting of Wiesbaden's Schloss Biebrich.  The USAREUR Band set the mood by performing stirring, patriotic songs as guests arrived.  At the appointed hour, a bugler signaled the troops to attention.  During the ceremony, the band rendered traditional honors to the V Corps Commander, LTG James L. Terry, and proudly paraded past the reviewing stand playing a rousing march.  After the V Corps colors were cased and remarks given by LTG Terry and the USAREUR Commanding General, LTG Donald M. Campbell Jr., the band bid a final musical farewell to V Corps, playing the official V Corps and Army songs.

V Corps' history dates back to 1918, when the unit was activated during World War I in combat in France. By the end of the war the corps had fought in the Lorraine, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne campaigns and was dubbed the "Victory Corps." It later took part in the World War II D-Day invasion and liberation of Europe; defended Western Europe during the Cold War; saw service in the Balkans and in Iraq and Afghanistan; and has helped build U.S. bonds with America's multinational partners across Europe.






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