Quite literally all of them. Of the active division currently in the US Army, each and every one has the history, tradition and esprit de corps to fart in the general direction of any USMC Division and taunt them for their pretty uniforms and well produced recruiting commercials.
Lets take them one by one, shall we?
1st Armored Division, Old Ironsides, stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX. Named and trained by Gen. Patton himself, they fought through North Africa, and up the Italian boot, inflicting massive damage on Kesselrings troops in the most brutal theater the US was involved in in WWII. Elements of the 1st AD served in Vietnam, and the entire division deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Storm. To Iraq and Afghanistan, in the present day.
1st Cavalry Division, First Team, stationed at Ft. Hood, TX, has, since its founding in 1921, managed to served as a cavalry (horse), armored, infantry, and air assault division. It did so from New Guinea through the Philippines, where they distinguished themselves. They were an armored punch in Korea. They pioneered air assault operations in Vietnam. They were part of the VII corps/III corps one/two punch against Saddams army in Desert Storm. They’ve continued to distinguish themselves in Iraq and Afghanistan to this day.
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4th Infantry Division, Ivy, stationed at Fort Carson, CO. The division fought in the San Miheil and Meuse-Argonne offensives in the first world war. In the second world war, they participated in the largest amphibious assault in history at Normandy, France, and proceeded to fight their way through Belgium and Luxembourg and into Germany. The 4th ID served through the bulk of the Vietnam war and continued to stand throughout the cold war. They continue to serve with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
25th Infantry Division, Tropic Lightning, aka “electric strawberry” , fought from Guadalcanal to New Georgia, to the Philippines and on into holding the door open at the Pusan Perimeter in the early days of the Korean war. The 25th participated in Vietnam throughout the length of the war. They continue to serve with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 10th Mountain Infantry Division, is well famous for its service in Italy in the second world war. they famously, and successfully, conducted an assault on German troops up a 2,000 foot vertical face. It’s an absolute military impossibility, but the 10th did it. Hooah! They continue to serve with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 82nd Airborne Division, All American, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, is famous for its action in France in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives. In the second world war, they had become airborne and assaulted Sicily, Italy, Normandy and Holland. They also helped stop the final German offensive, aka “battle of the bulge” and went on to solidly punch Germany in the nose for it. They went on to serve in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagles, stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, dropped from Normandy to Holland, and famously panzer-blocked Hitler at a little town called Bastogne in Belgium. Their CO in 1944 famously told the commander of 25 Nazi divisions attacking, in response to a surrender demand, “Nutz”. No Marine has ever been so eloquent. They went on to excel in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iran and Afghanistan.
2nd Infantry Division, Indian Head, Stationed in Korea, started out as a mixed division, with two regiments of Marines. In World War I they participated in the battle of Chateau-Thierry. St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Aisne-Marne. In the second world war, they fought through France and into Germany. In Korea, they distinguished themselves covering the VIII Army retreat at the Iron Triangle, and many other places. They stood too for over sixty years since, defending the Korean peninsula, while still contributing brigades to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 1st Infantry division, Big Red One, stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas, is famous for being the first to fight in the first world war, and distinguishing themselves therein. They were instrumental in many of the amphibious assaults of the second world war in the MTO and ETO, each larger than the USMC ever conducted. They went on to serve in Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq and Afghanistan today.
Of course, I saved the biggest, baddest, meanest, motherfuckers for last. The US Army 3rd Infantry Division. Rock Of The Marne! Currently based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, earned their nickname at Champagne-Marne, and went on to fight in every remaining campaign of WWI. In World War II, the 3rd ID was the amphibious fist of the Army in Europe and the Mediterranean, landing in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, St. Tropez, as well as fighting through Italy and German. It was the only US division to participate on all fronts of the ETO and with 531 days of combat, one of the most used American divisions. As they arrived in Korea from the states, they immediately established a collapsing perimeter around Hamhung to allow 1st Marine Division to escape the Chosin trap. They went on to function as the theater fire brigade for the remainder of the war, cleaning up numerous problem areas. For the next forty years, 3ID stood nose to nose with 60 Warsaw Pact divisions. They contributed a brigade to the liberation of Kuwait. In 2003, they seized Baghdad and proceeded to rotate through Iraq and Afghanistan since. Hooah!
Each of these divisions has a great history, and I’d stack any one of them up favorably against any USMC division.