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The Irish Brigade was an infantry brigade, made up of mostly Irish Americans, that served in the Union Army during the Civil War. The designation of the first regiment in the brigade, the 69th New York Infantry, or the "Fighting 69th", continued in later wars.
In modern times, the Irish Brigade has been officially assigned to "Fighting 69th" of the New York National Guard, which is the only currently active military unit that formed part of it.
The "Fighting 69th" fought in WWI as part of the Rainbow Division. 8 members of the unit received the Medal of Honor.
In WWII, the 69th served in the Pacific as part of the 27th Infantry.
1st Battalion, 69th Infantry served with distinction as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2005. The unit fought in and around Baghdad, most notably securing Route Irish.
The unit has also deployed individual companies to support other Divisions in Afghanistan.