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Definition of infantryman

: an infantry soldier

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Frank Barnard, 94, a Fitzsimons resident and Army infantryman who fought in five countries during the war, remembered engaging with German forces in Paris — the two sides firing at each other across the river. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of June 3 – 9," 9 June 2019 Veterans' descendants spoke about family members who fought on the beach and laid red roses at the feet of a statue of an infantryman clutching a rifle and hauling a fallen comrade., "World marks 75 years since D-Day in solemn observances," 6 June 2019 Ryan spoke personally or corresponded with everyone—from privates to generals; infantrymen, sailors, airmen, submariners, medics, drivers, paratroopers, glider crews and passengers. Winston Groom, WSJ, "‘The Longest Day’ Review: On the Beaches of Normandy," 5 June 2019 The infantry doesn’t fight for the flag; an infantryman maniacally fights to protect his brother in the next foxhole. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 6.17.18 Issue," 28 June 2018 Like Christopher Nolan’s 2017 World War II epic Dunkirk, the film simply thrusts viewers into the infantryman’s shoes and whisks them along on his terrifying journey through combat. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 The williwaw gusts swirled thick fog among transport ships off Attu Island, and the waiting infantrymen nervously mulled the name of their landing site: Massacre Bay. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Thousands of Japanese fought in a bloody World War II battle for the Aleutians. Only 28 survived.," 24 May 2018 Originally designed for Sweden in the early 1990s, the CV carried eight infantrymen and was armed with a turret with 40-millimeter gun. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "One of These 3 Tanks Will Replace the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley," 10 Oct. 2018 The capability to engage enemy troops in cover is useful but anything that does that and nothing else is impractical from an infantryman’s perspective and an expensive niche weapon unaffordable even by the U.S. Army. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s XM-25 'Punisher' Supergun Is Dead," 13 Aug. 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of infantryman

: a soldier who is in the infantry

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