Wolfhounds Motorcycle Club was founded in 2011 as a way for veterans of the 27th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, and fellow veterans to connect, reminisce, and honor service to the Regiment. Our primary mission is to support returning war veterans and those who served before us, to provide a shoulder to lean on and to enjoy the camaraderie and healing effects of being "Knees in the Breeze" on two wheels. As stated in our Articles of Incorporation WHMC exists to:
* Encourage a better understanding of motorcycle riders as a constructive and charitable sport among members of the public, press and law enforcement agencies.
* To provide social and recreational activities for members.
* To sponsor and/or participate in activities of a patriotic nature.
* To sponsor and/or participate in activities promoting motorcycles, riding and motorcycle safety.
* To carry on programs to perpetuate the memory of deceased veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces and comfort their survivors
* To assist disabled and needy war veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
Currently based in Illinois, WHMC is a Non-Territorial Veterans Club and has members across the United States. WHMC maintains relationships with other MC's, RC's and Associations wherever we share the road.
Our "Colors" Consist of Black and Gold, and incorporate the Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI) of the 27th Infantry Regiment (Wolfhounds) proudly known as "Kolchack" the Regimental Mascot and the Words "Nec Aspera Terrent" or "No Fear on Earth" Surrounded by a top rocker (Wolfhounds) and a bottom rocker (United States) which identify the Club and it's members history of serving the country.
WHMC can trace it's heritage back to the beginning of the Regiment in 1901.
The 27th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the Wolfhounds,is a unit of the United States Army established in 1901, that served in the Philippine-American War, in the Siberian Intervention after World War I, and as part of the 25th Infantry Division ("Tropic Lightning") during World War II, the Korean War, and later the Vietnam War. More recently the regiment is currently deployed to Afghanistan for the second time, following two deployments to Iraq. The regimental march is the Wolfhound March.
The 27th Infantry Regiment was established by act of Congress on 2 February 1901 and saw its first combat action while serving as part of the American Force sent to quell the Philippine Insurrection on the island of Mindanao. After the Moro's defeat, the 27th Infantry deployed to Camp Sheridan, Illinois in 1904.
After additional service in Cuba, Texas, and again in the Philippines, the 27th Infantry sailed to Vladivostok, Siberia in 1918 as part of the Allied Expeditionary Force. One of their missions was to guard the Trans-Siberian Railroad, which often resulted in combat with communist Bolsheviks. While in Russia, the 27th Infantry earned its nickname, "The Wolfhounds," because of its aggressive pursuit of retreating Bolshevik forces. This campaign has become an integral part of unit's history. The tenacious pursuit tactics of the regiment won the respect of the Bolsheviks, who gave them the name "Wolfhounds." This emblem continues to serve as the symbol of the 27th Infantry Regiment.
On 1 March 1921, the 27th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the Hawaiian Division. It served in the Hawaiian Division for over twenty years until it was relieved on 26 August 1941, and assigned to the 25th Infantry Division.
Stationed in Hawaii, they were some of first to fire back at attacking Japanese war planes during Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The film and book by James Jones From Here to Eternity was based on some of the Wolfhound regimental life. After seeing extensive action in the Pacific theater during World War II, specially on the island of Guadalcanal during the Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse, it fought in the last days of the New Georgia Campaign on the right flank on the advance on Munda, Solomon Islands, later during the Battle of Luzon and the ensuing occupation of Japan, the 27th Infantry Regiment earned the nickname "Gentle Wolfhounds" for their loving support of the Holy Family Orphanage.
Occupation duties were cut short in July, 1950, when the 27th Infantry Regiment departed for Pusan, Korea, to assist in holding the Pusan perimeter at the onset of the Korean War. The unit saw heavy action throughout the war, where they were considered the "fire brigade" for the 25th Infantry Division – in essence, making first combat contact with enemy forces. They saw significant fighting at Sandbag Castle. The commander of the 27th Infantry Regiment offered David Hackworth command of a new volunteer raider unit; Hackworth created the 27th Wolfhound Raiders and led them from August to November 1951. The 27th earned ten campaign streamers and three Presidential Unit Citations. The 27th is also credited with the last bayonet charge in U.S. Army history with E Company 27th Infantry Regiment under the command of then Captain Lewis Millet who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the action on "Bayonet Hill". Upon conclusion of hostilities in Korea, the unit returned to Schofield Barracks.
The 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, entered the Vietnam War in January, 1966. During their five-year stay in Vietnam, the unit earned two valorous unit citations, and proved to be one of the last 25th Infantry Division units to return home. The Regiment participated in Operation Junction City and fought during the Tet Offensive. The regiment finally returned to Hawaii in April, 1971.
On 10 June 1987, the 2nd Battalion was relieved from their assignment to the 25th Infantry Division, and assigned to the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California. During their tour at Fort Ord the 2nd and 3rd Battalions were deployed to Honduras in 1988 in support of "Operation Golden Pheasant" and in 1989 they were deployed to Panama in support of "Operation Just Cause." On 15 September 1993, the battalion was inactivated and relieved from assignment to the 7th Infantry Division.
The 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, was again activated on 31 August 1995, and this unit again carries its thirty battle streamers and twelve unit citations on its colors. The motto "Nec Aspera Terrent" translates to "Frightened by no Difficulties," as "Aspera" is Latin for "Work" or "Difficulty" and "Terrent" is Latin for "Fear," the same root as "Terror." It is often stated as "No Fear on Earth."
The 4th Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, was active in the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (L) at Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu in Hawaii during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Also assigned to the 3rd Brigade was the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. Elements of 4th Battalion were deployed during Operation Desert Storm and served as guards for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf during their deployment. They also participated in clearing operations in Kuwait and a security element for later peace talks.
1st and 2nd Battalions of the Wolfhounds have served gallantly in both Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) under the 25th Infantry Division.....the story will continue.
Regimental Medal of Honor Recipients
World War II Medal of Honor recipients include:
Charles W. Davis, Captain, 2nd Battalion's executive officer, 27th IN
Korean War Medal of Honor recipients include:
John W. Collier, Corporal, Company C, 27th IN
Reginald B. Desiderio, Captain, Company E, 27th IN
Benito Martinez, Corporal, Company A, 27th IN
Lewis L. Millett, Captain, Company E, 27th IN
Jerome A. Sudut, Second Lieutenant, Company B, 27th IN
Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients include:
John F. Baker, Jr., Sergeant (Then Pfc.), Company A, 2nd Battalion, 27th IN
Charles C. Fleek, Sergeant, Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th IN
Robert F. Foley, Captain, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 27th IN
Paul R. Lambers, Staff Sergeant, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 27th IN
Riley L. Pitts, Captain, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 27th IN