History of 526 Fsb

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History of the 526th Forward Support Battalion

The history of the 526th Forward Support Battalion began with the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 5th Quartermaster Troop Transport Battalion constituted on 17 June 1943, and reactivated 25 August 1943 at Camp Swift, Texas. On 23 November 1943, the unit mission changed to a support role. The unit was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 5th Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile, and was sent to the European Theater of Operations where is served with distinction. The unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for services to the Allies against the aggressor forces of the Germans and the Axis Powers. During the reduction of wartime forces after WWII, the 5th Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile, was inactivated on 30 September 1946 in Germany. The unit colors were returned to the United States. In preparation for future planning and emergencies, the unit was again redesignated 1 October 1946 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 5th Transportation Corps Truck Battalion. After a period of inactivity, the 5th Transportation Corps Truck Battalion was again redesignated, this time from a detachment to a company on 20 November 1950. Activation occurred 22 December 1950 at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, home of the Army Transportation School. On 1 September 1952, the company was renamed Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 5th Transportation Amphibious Truck Battalion. On 27 June 1955, the unit was again inactivated at Ft. Eustis, Virginia. On 3 May 1960, the unit, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 5th Transportation Amphibious Truck Battalion was redesignated as the 5th Transportation Battalion, consisting of a Headquarters and teams. On 10 May 1960, the colors were flown to Okinawa where the unit was again activated until deactivation on 25 June 1963.When the 101st Airborne Division deployed to Vietnam, and developed an airmobile concept, the need of an aircraft direct...
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