||Histories for 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment
1/50th Infantry Lineage
Constituted 15 May 1917 in the Regular Army as the 50th Infantry.
Organized 1 June 1917 at Syracuse, New York. The unit was initially assembled with personnel from the 23d Infantry.
Assigned 31 July 1918 to the 20th Division. The 20th Division was stationed at Camp Sevier at Greenville,South Carolina. Camp Sevier was initially established in July 1917 to train draftees and recruits from South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee, but within three months draftees from other states arrived and wags suggested that the "Southern Division" (30th Division) be renamed the "Moonshine Division". The 20th Division moved in as the 30th Division joined the Allied Expeditionary Force in France.
Relieved 28 February 1919 from assignment to the 20th Division. Following the end of the war on 11 November 1918, the 50th Infantry continues and completes its training . The 50th Infantry then joins the Army of Occupation in Germany, being joined by many seasoned veterans from units sent home. A decorated sergeant from the 50th Infantry was given the significant honor of selecting the remains that were interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with full military honors.
Inactivated 31 December 1921 in Germany.
Demobilized 31 July 1922.
Reconstituted 8 January 1942 in the Regular Army as the 50th Armored Infantry and assigned to the 6th Armored Division.
Activated 15 February 1942 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The 50th was activated with the 6th Armored Division.
Regiment broken up 20 September 1943 and its elements reorganized and redesignated as elements of the 6th Armored Division as follows:
50th Armored Infantry (less 1st and 2d Battalions) as the 50th Armored Infantry Battalion
1st Battalion as the 44th Armored Infantry Battalion. The battalion fought throughout World War II with the 6th Armored Division as part of General George S. Patton's Third Army. It was involved in the breakout from Normandy (D-Day), the Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne, the liberation of Buchenwald and other famous battles.
2d Battalion as the 9th Armored Infantry Battalion
After 20 September 1943 the above units underwent changes as follows:
50th and 9th Armored Infantry Battalions inactivated 18 September 1945 at Camp Shanks, New York
Activated 5 September 1950 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Inactivated 16 March 1956 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Relieved 1 July 1957 from assignment to the 6th Armored Division. There is no record of the (44th Armored Infantry) battalion serving in Korea: however, it may well have been with U.S. units rotated through Europe during the Korean War.
50th, 44th, and 9th Armored Infantry Battalions consolidated 1 July 1959 to form the 50th Infantry, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System.
Reorganized and redesignated 1 July 1963 as the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry and assigned to the 2d Armored Division (at Fort Hood, Texas)..
Relieved 1 September 1967 from assignment to the 2d Armored Division for duty in the Republic of Vietnam.
Served in Binh Dinh Province Sep 67 - Feb 68 under the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).
Served in Binh Dinh and Kontum Provinces Mar 68 - Apr 68 under the 3d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
Served in Binh Dinh Province May 68 - Sep 69 under the 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate).
Served in Binh Thuan Province Oct 69 - Dec 70 under Task Force South, 1st Field Force Vietnam.
Note: Other 50th Infantry units that also served in Vietnam included:
Co. E, 50th Infantry (LRP), 9th Infantry Division, Dec 67 - Jan 69: became Co. E, 75th Infantry (Ranger).
Co. F, 50th Infantry (LRP), 25th Infantry Division, Dec 67 - Jan 69: became Co. F, 75th Infantry (Ranger).
Company F, 50th Infantry served Jun 71 - Nov 72 as security for U.S.Army Support Command, Da Nang.
Assigned 16 December 1970 to the 2d Armored Division(at Fort Hood, Texas).. .
Inactivated 15 March 1983 at Fort Hood Texas and relieved from assignment to the 2d Armored Division.
Withdrawn 28 August 1987 from the Combat Arms Regimental System, reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System, and transferred to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command with Headquarters at Fort Benning, Georgia. .
Combat Infantry Battalion Streamer
Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered BINH DUONG PROVINCE
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered BREST
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968-1969
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969-1970
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969-1970
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969-1970
Campaign Participation Credit
World War II
Counteroffensive, Phase III
Counteroffensive, Phase IV
Counteroffensive, Phase V
Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Posted by Kenneth Riley
Dec 11 2001 08:14:52:000PM