7th Infantry division Shoulder Sleve insigniaWe have been asked what the Latin phrase on our web site represents. It has nothing to do with patents or the auto industry, it is simply a carry over from the my early years as an Army Infantry Officer. In the late fall of 1974 I was assigned to the newly reformed 7Th Infantry Division. The military is steeped with traditions and unit slogans, and with the 7th's re-birth it was a Division that just could not be "ground down". That slogan was a carry over from a phrase adopted by General Stilwell in 1940 as Commander of the was a phrase I learned from that assignment. As an entrepreneur and a veteran of numerous startups, I feel it is an appropriate phrase.

- Dan Preston, CEO Eagle Harbor Holdings, LLC

General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell -- Stilwell is often remembered by his sobriquet, "Vinegar Joe", which he acquired while a commander at Fort Benning, Georgia. Stilwell often gave harsh critiques of performance in field exercises, and a subordinate - stung by Joe's caustic remarks - drew a caricature of Stilwell rising out of a vinegar bottle. After discovering the caricature, Stilwell pinned it to a board and had the drawing photographed and distributed to friends. Yet another indication of his view of life was the motto he kept on his desk: Illegitimi non carborundum, a form of fractured Latin that translates as “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”. 



History of the 7th Infantry Division BAYONET!
The BAYONET was forged in the fields of France, tempered on the frozen tundra and mountains of the Aleutians, the coral atolls and islands of the South Pacific, and then honed razor sharp in the mountains and rice paddies of Korea. The Bayonet--or the 7th Infantry Division, as it is officially known--continued to stand guard in Korea, manning our outpost line in strife-ridden Korea until 1971 when the Division was returned to US soil for the first time since 1943. The Division was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, and deactivated for a brief period of time. In October 1985, the Division was resurrected as the 7th Infantry Division (Light) at its old post, Fort Ord, California. The Lightfighters of the Bayonet Division were called to Honduras in 1988 for "Operation Golden Pheasant" and to Panama in 1989-90 for "Operation Just Cause." In August 1993, the Division was reassigned to Fort Lewis and subsequently deactivated in June 1994. The 7th Infantry Division was reactivated June 4, 1999, at Fort Carson, Colorado.

 Photo above: US 7th Infantry Division soldiers resting on a pile of captured Japanese tires during the fight to retake the Marshall Islands.


7th Infantry Division reactivation at JBLM described as ‘historic’

--OCTOBER 11, 2012--

On Wednesday, October 10, the 7th Infantry Division marked its official reactivation in the Army with a ceremony at Watkins Parade Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The 7th Infantry Division will provide command and control to five subordinate brigades and will focus on personnel, medical, material and training readiness. The brigades include 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division; 3rd SBCT, 2ID; 4th SBCT, 2 ID; 16th Combat Aviation Brigade; and 17th Fires Brigade, which totals nearly 18,000 Soldiers.

The division is commanded by Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, who most recently served as the Army’s Chief of Public Affairs. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, during its 2005 combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and later returned to Iraq as the Director, Civil Affairs (J-9),United States Forces – Iraq in 2008-2009. He also deployed in support of Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996-1997 and Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

South Puget Sound News is linking video of the ceremony and the press conference with Maj. Gen. Lanza for our readers, courtesy of Enterprise Multimedia Center, JBLM. 

NOTE: If you are a Latin purist, the correct Latin phrase is probably something like "Noli nothis permittere te terere":


"In latin, nolo plus an infinitive (ending in -re) means "do not ...."
[Noli = do not] + [permittere = to allow] = do not allow
terrere = to scare away , deter,
nothis = from "nothus" meaning, illegitimate, born out of wedlock
te = the accusative (direct object) form of "you".

"Noli nothis permittere te terere = do not allow the bastards to get you down