A soldier of Second Battalion, 135th Infantry, Thirty-fourth Division, hugs his wife and son upon returning home from a nine-month deployment to Kosovo, July 2008. Photograph by the Minnesota National Guard.
Soldiers from Thirty-fourth Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, discuss plans to maneuver into Pacha Khak village, Afghanistan, while conducting a dismounted patrol, April 7, 2011. Photograph by the U.S. Army.
A soldier in Bravo Co., Second Battalion, 136 Infantry Regiment (2-136) surveys the area in Al Naumyah, Al Anbar province, Iraq during operation Sledgehammer, December 2006. Photograph by the Minnesota National Guard.
A Red Bull firing squad honors one of its own at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, December 2006. The Minnesota Thirty-fourth Division soldier was killed by an IED (improvised explosive device) in Fallujah, Iraq. Photograph by Joe Roos of the Minnesota National Guard.
Four thousand members of the division’s First Brigade Combat Team create a new “animated” Red Bull emblem at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, just prior to departure for Iraq, March 2006. Photograph by the U.S. Army.
Invitation to the ceremony on February 10, 1991, that reactivated the Thirty-fourth Division. The Forty-seventh “Viking” Infantry Division was redesignated as the Thirty-fourth “Red Bull” Infantry Division—exactly 50 years after the Thirty-fourth was activated for what became World War II. The personnel and organizational structure remained the same; only the name and number was changed. Original invitation held by the Minnesota Military Museum.
Monte Cassino and the Benedictine Monastery, commanding a view of the Rapido Valley and the entrance to the Liri Valley, 1943. Attempts to wrest control from the Germans resulted in 80 percent casualty rates for some of the Thirty-fourth Division’s infantry units. Photograph by the U.S. Army.