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407th SUPPORT BATTALION (AIRBORNE)

Constituted  5 August 1917 in the National Army as 307th Supply Train, an element of the 82d Division.

Organized October 1917 at Camp Gordon, Georgia 

Demobilized 9 May 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

Reconstituted 21 September 1936 in the Organized Reserves and concurrently consolidated with the 407th Quartermaster Regiment (see ANNEX); consolidated unit designated as the 407th Quartermaster Regiment and remained assigned to the 82nd Division (Later redesignated as the 82nd Airborne Division)

Reorganized and redesignated 13 February 1942 as 407th Quartermaster Battalion.

Ordered into active military service 25 March 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.

Reorganized and redesignated 15 August 1942 as 407th Airborne Quartermaster Company.

(Organized Reserves redesignated 2 March 1948 as Organized Reserve Corps.)

Withdrawn from the Organized Reserve Corps and designated as a Regular Army unit 15 November 1948.

Reorganized and redesignated 1 September 1957 as 407th Supply and Transport Battalion.

Reorganized and redesignated 25 May 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 407th Supply and Transport Battalion; (82d Quartermaster Parachute Supply and Maintenance Company [activated 1 March 1945] reorganized and redesignated as Company B, 407th Supply and Transport Battalion); remainder of battalion constituted and activated.

Inactivated 15 August 1965 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Redesignated 21 September 1974 as the 407th Supply and Service Battalion and activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Reorganized and redesignated 16 September 1987 as the 407th Supply and Transport Battalion.

Reorganized and redesignated 16 April 1994 as the 407th Support Battalion

ANNEX

Constituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as the 82nd Division Train, Quartermaster Corps.

Organized in January 1922 in Georgia.

Redesignated 23 March 1925 as the 82nd Division Quartermaster Train.

Reorganized and redesignated 1 July 1936 as the 407th Quartermaster Regiment and remained assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

World War I
St. Mihiel
Meuse-Argonne
Lorraine 1918

World War II
Sicily
Naples-Foggia
Normandy (with arrowhead)
Rhineland (with arrowhead)
Ardennes -Alsace
Central Europe

Armed Forces Expeditions
Dominican Republic
Grenada

Southwest Asia
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait

Company A additionally entitled to:
Armed Forces Expeditions
Panama (with arrowhead)

DECORATIONS

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered EUROPEAN THEATER

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered SOUTHWEST ASIA (10 Sep 90 - 7 Apr 91, 7 April 95)

Military Order of William (Degree of the Knight of Fourth Class), Streamer embroidered NIJMEGEN 1944

Netherlands Orange Lanyard

Belgian Fourragere 1940

Cited in the Order or the Day or the Belgian Army for action in the ARDENNES

Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in BELGIUM AND GERMANY

DISTINCTIVE INSIGNIA
(Unit Crest)

DESCRIPTION

A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall, consisting of a gold griffin segreant on a mound of five hills, holding an open parachute of nine cords. On the base of the mound a three-segmented red scroll inscribed "SUPPLY IS STRENGTH" in gold letters. (The insignia is to be worn in pairs.)

SYMBOLISM

The griffin (a composite of eagle and lion) symbolizes the coordinated campaign of the Allies. The five hills represent the liberation of the city of Nijmegen. The parachute with its nine cords refers to the nine campaigns in which the parent unit participated during World War I and World War II.

Originally authorized for the 407th Supply and Transportation Battalion by The Institute of Heraldry, 14 July 1965.

COAT OF ARMS
(Displayed on Battalion Flag)

BLAZON

SHIELD: Per fess Gules and Azure a bar wavy Argent between a demi-lion rampant and three fleurs-de-lis Or all within a bordure engrailed of the third.

CREST: From a wreath Or and Azure, on five mounds a griffin segreant Or armed and langued Gules, holding an open parachute of nine cords Vert and charged on the wings with an orange.

SYMBOLISM

SHIELD: The two divisions of the shield are used to denote service during World Wars I and II. The fleurs-de-lis symbolize the original organization's action during World War I in Lorraine, Saint Mihiel and Meuse-Argone, France. The rampant lion, suggested by the coat of arms of Belgium and the Netherlands, alludes to the former organization's drive during World War II to stem the invading enemy; and the wavy bar alludes to the wavy bend on the arms of Rhineland signifying the sweep through that province during the same campaign. The engrailed border represents a parachute and symbolizes that unit's service with the 82d Airborne Division.

CREST: The griffin (a composite of eagle and lion) symbolizes the coordinated campaign of the Allies. The five hills represent the liberation of the city of Nijmegen. The roundel, simulating a wheel, alludes to the Quartermaster and Transportation Corps. The parachute with its nine cords refers to the nine campaigns in which the parent unit participated during World Wars I and II. The colors commemorate the decorations awarded the 407th: red and green for the Belgian Fourragere, red for the Meritorious Unit Commendation and orange for the Netherlands Lanyard.

MOTTO: SUPPLY IS STRENGTH

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