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815th TANK DESTROYER BATTALION


Constituted 25 March 1942 as the 815th Tank Destroyer Battalion (Towed, Anti-tank Gun) was activated 11 May 1942 at Camp Cooke, California as Heavy, Self Propelled. Departed the Seattle Port of Embarkation on 10 March 1944 and arrived in New Guinea: 30 March 1944. Disbanded 27 September 1944 in New Guinea. Reconstituted and redesignated as the 315th Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron in 1946; redesignated the 1st Battalion of the 308th Armored Cavalry in 1949, and as the latter orgtanization was disbanded in 1952. This unit is NOT historically connected with the 815th tank Battalion, Army Reserve. CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT (World War II): New Guinea DECORATIONS: None. COAT OF ARMS SHIELD: Azure, a falcon velant or emitting from its beak four electrical flashes, wings debruising clouds issuing from chief proper. CREST: None. MOTTO: CONSTARE IN RENTENTIA (To be Firm in Purpose). SYMBOLISM: The gold falcon depicted in flight against a background of a white cloud and blue sky, is symmbolic of the freedom o factrion and tank hunting ability of this Battalion. The gold lightning streak i ssymbolic of the ability to strike with lightning speed and destruction. The colors of the shield are in the blue and white of the Infantry. DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA: The distinctive unit insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms and was approved on 20 November 1942. HELP!!! Looking for veterans who can add to this short narrative and perhaps supply one or more photos. Many questions needing answers; please contat: 1SG Charles W. Aresta, The Hawaiian Military Insignia Collectors and Study Group; 1813 Sereno Street; Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-2318 (Ph or fax: 1-808-537-2753) or e-mail: ra1sgt@aol.com



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