Audio of the 24th Division era
24th Division March and Song
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The copy below is from The Taro
Leaf News of the 24th Infantry Division, Augsburg,
Saturday, October 1, 1966. It answers some questions I had in 2008.
“After 20 Years
Division Song Revived
After a sleep of
20 Years, a brassy musical tribute to the fighting men of the 24th
is stirring the hearts of Taromen once again, and in all likelihood
will never get
The song is "The
24th Division March," and it is due for distribution in the near
on 45 rpm records
in post exchanges throughout this area.
But that is only
the climax of the story, reached through efforts led by Major
recently-departed 24th Division commander.
The story began
in the uncertain days in early 1950, on the island of Sendai, Japan.
(jg) James Lambrecht, then division bandmaster, and Corporal Thomas
Moses of the 34th
Infantry Regiment penned the original words and music.
Korea Halts Music
The lyrics and
tune were being developed when suddenly the call came: Taromen were
dashing for a
small Korean village called Taejon to head off hordes of southward-
Communists. The Korean War was on, and during the preparations for
combat several original scoresheets were filed away, where they lay
unnoticed until early this year.
Dennis Morris, director of the former 24th Entertainment Group,
sheets and showed
them to Chief Warrant Officer Joseph L. Murat, director of the 24th
Murat liked the song immediately, although the music was not scored
consisted only of a brief vocal sheet.
Hardin, then division chief of staff, wanted General Rowny to hear
upcoming ceremony—only three days away. It left little time for
arrangement and for the full band to rehearse.
Rowny Hears Song
But on schedule,
the division band struck up the march for the first time in nearly
Years, and Morris
sang the accompanying lyrics. Rowny took to the song
Again Murat sent to work on words and arrangement, and the band
more earnestly than ever: they were headed for a date with a record
The result is the
45 rpm record, featuring the band playing the march on one side,
the Seventh Army
Soldiers' Chorus accompanied by the band on the flip side singing
"The 24th Division Victory Song."
The Taro Booster
Association will be in charge of sales, with the sale date scheduled
(1966) in local post exchanges.
All the way from
Pearl to Mindanao
Where we stopped
As we carried
Freedom's Banner Proudly.
Valor set our
with those before us,
Who have blazed
an Honored TraiI.
For all their
Courage and their Bavery,
Carried on will
We have never
asked for glory,
All our glory we
So if there's
still a question,
Who the Hell are
Division, Yes the Victory Division
And you don't –
Dare Challenge – Me!”
End of Quote
I first became
aware of this song in the summer of 2008, when as I was looking
pile of publications from Paul Cain Plt. Leader K CO, 34th Regiment,
WWII, I came
across a 45 rpm record, labeled “Victory Division!” What happened
then is detailed on page 20 of our 24th IDA Taro Leaf, Volume 62, No
3, 2008. Suffice
it to say here that we also liked the song and march. So much so
that we digitized
it from the 45 analog, edited the audio track to remove the pops and
converted it to a CD-Audio Disc. We had some 100 or so copies made
and there still
should be plenty available from Quartermaster Walter for $5.00.
I had always
wondered about Lambrecht and Moses: still am, but pleased that their
names do not
appear in our online casualty lists.
You may hear the
march and song at:
You may see the
Taro Leaf edition at:
Tom J. Thiel
Some Korean era songs to remember
Remember "Ah-de-dung?" Well, it isn't that at all! It is the "Song of Arirang!" Here it is in three versions: traditional, choral, and rock. And there is one other you may recall too!
If you have songs and music of your era please click here.