Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Polar Bear Regiment Memorial

Marker ID:  
Location: on the Walk of Honor, just to the south of the National Infantry Museum parade ground, Fort Benning, GA
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 23.119    W 084° 57.228
  32.38531666    -84.9538
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


The Polar Bear Regiment

In 1918, the 31st Infantry Regiment deployed to Siberia to protect allied interests and guard the Trans-Siberian railroad. In sharp actions with bandits and Red forces, 16 soldiers earned the DSC and 32 soldiers were killed in action. From its two years of service in Siberia, the regiment became known as "The Polar Bear Regiment" and adopted a polar bear as part of its insignia.


31st Infantry Regiment
Organized - 13 August 1916
Fort McKinley, Philippines
Motto: Pro Patria
Nickname: The Polar Bears

Combat Service
World War I - Siberia 1918 - 1920
Shanghai, China 1932
World War II - Bataan 1941 - 1942
Korean War 1950 - 1953
Korea, DMZ 1953 - 1987
Vietnam 1966 - 1971
Afghanistan 2001 -
Iraq 2003 -

Erected 2011 by the 31st Infantry Association.


on the Walk of Honor