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899th TANK DESTROYER BATTALIION


899th TANK DESTROYER BATTALION was constituted 1 June 1940 in the Regular Army as the 10th Antitank Battalion. Redesignted 11 June 1940 as the 99th Antitank Battalion. Redesignted 99th Infantry Battalion (Antitank) and activated 1 July 1940 at Fort Lewis, Washington. Redesignated 24 July 1941 as the 99th Infantry Antitank Battalion. Redesignated 15 December 1941 as the 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Heavy (Self-Propelled). Departed the New York Port of Embaration 13 January 1943 and arrived in North Africa on 26 January 1943. Moved to England on 10 December 1943. Committed to combat in the European Theater of Operations and landed in France on 6 June 1944. The unit was at Venwegen, Germany at the end of World War II (15 August 1945 location). Returned from overseas service and arrived at the New York Port of Embarkation on 27 December 1945. Inactivated, same date, at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Redesignated 23 July 1953 as the 899th Tank Battalion. CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT: World War II: Tunisia Rome-Arno Normandy (with arrowhead) Northern France Rhineland Ardennes-Alsace Central Europe DECORATIONS Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered ST JEAN DE DAYE (Co A and C, 899th TD Bn cited for action on 11 Jul 1944 per WDGO 11, 1945) Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered REMAGEN BRIDGEHEAD (Co C 899th TD Bn cited for period 8-19 Mar 1945 per WD GO 65, 1946) Belgian Fourragere 1940 (899th TD Bn cited per DAGO 43, 1950) Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action along the MEUSE RIVER (899th TD Bn cited for period 3-13 Sep 1944 per DAGO 43, 1950) Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the ARDENNES (899th TD Bn cited for period 20 Dec 1944-26 Jan 1945 per DAGO 43, 1950) COAT OF ARMS: SHIELD: Azure, semee of caltraps argent, on a bend of the secondan elongated inverted pile of the first. CREST: None MOTTO: Ready Now. SYMBOLISM The sprinking of silver caltraps, an ancient military instruent, sometimes called cheval trap (from te French word for horse) from its use in impeding the approach o fcavalry--is symbolic of the first duty of the organization, i.e., to stop the advance of enemy tanks by obstacles strewn in the pateh and sharp attack from all points. The silver bend represents the forward path to be travelled as well as Highway 99, the birthplace of the unit and the scene of their first arduous convoy. The inverted pile shooting forward on this bend further illustrates advance and the penetrating qualities of the battalion toward any obstacle encountered. DISTINCTIVE INSIGNIA The insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms as approved on 6 August 1942. Insignia for sale at $4.00 each plus postage. Contact: 1SG Charles W. Aresta, US Army, Retired c/o The Hawaiian Military Insignia Collectors and Study Groupl, 1813 Sereno Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-2318 (Ph or fax: 1-808-537-2753) or e-mail: ra1sgt@gawaii.rr.com



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