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NAME:

Without "Airborne" Tab: One Hundred First Infantry Division / 101st Division

With "Airborne" Tab: One Hundred First Airborne Division / 101st Airborne

 

NICKNAME:

"Screaming Eagles"

 

BATTLE HONORS:

 

World War I (2nd and 3rd brigades ONLY) [infantry]

Somme Offensive

Meuse-Argonne

Picardy 1918

 

World War II (Except 159th Aviation Brigade) [Airborne]

Normandy (with arrowhead)

Rhineland (with arrowhead)

Ardennes-Alsace

Central Europe

 

Vietnam War (Except 159th Aviation Brigade) [Airborne]

Vietnam Defense (1st Brigade Only)

Counteroffensive (1st Brigade Only)

Counteroffensive, Phase II (1st Brigade Only)

Counteroffensive, Phase III

Tet Counteroffensive

Counteroffensive, Phase IV

Counteroffensive, Phase V

Counteroffensive, Phase VI

Tet 69/Counteroffensive

Summer-Fall 1969

Winter-Spring 1970

Sanctuary Counteroffensive

Counteroffensive, Phase VII

Consolidation I

Consolidation II

 

Southwest Asia (Except 159th Aviation Brigade): [Airborne]

Defense of Saudi Arabia

Liberation and Defense of Kuwait

 

DECORATIONS:

 

Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for NORMANDY (Division and 1st Brigade Only)

 

Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for BASTOGNE (Division and 1st Brigade Only)

 

Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for DAK TO, VIETNAM 1966 (1st Brigade only)

 

Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for DONG AP BIA MOUNTAIN (3rd Brigade Only)

 

Valorous Unit Award for THUA THIEN PROVINCE (3rd Brigade and DIVARTY Only)

 

Valorous Unit Award for TUY HOA (1st Brigade Only)

 

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1965-1966 (1st Brigade Only)

 

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1968 (3rd Brigade Only)

 

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for SOUTHWEST ASIA (Except 159th Aviation Brigade)

 

French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II for NORMANDY (Division and 1st Brigade Only)

 

Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm for BASTOGNE (Division and 1st Brigade Only)

cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at BASTOGNE (Division and 1st Brigade Only)

 

Belgian Fourragere 1940 (Division and 1st Brigade Only)

Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in FRANCE AND BELGIUM (Division and 1st Brigade Only)

 

Netherlands Orange Lanyard (Division and 1st Brigade Only)

 

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1966-1967 (1st Brigade Only)

 

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1968 (2nd Brigade Only)

 

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1968-1969 (Except 159th Aviation Brigade)

 

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1971 (Except 159th Aviation Brigade)

 

Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1968-1970 (Except 159th Aviation Brigade)

 

Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1970 (DIVARTY only)

 

 

ACTIVATED:

July 23, 1918 [infantry]

June 24, 1921 [infantry]

Aug 15, 1942 [Airborne]

July 6, 1948 [Airborne]

Aug 25, 1950 [Airborne]

May 15, 1954 [Airborne]

 

DEACTIVATED:

Dec 11, 1918 [infantry]

Aug 15, 1942 [infantry]

Nov 30, 1945 [Airborne]

May 27, 1949 [Airborne]

Dec 1, 1953 [Airborne]

 

LINEAGE:

 

Division

 

Constituted 23 July 1918 in the National Army as Headquarters, 101st Division

 

Organized 2 November 1918 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi

 

Demobilized 11 December 1918 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi

 

Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters, 101st Division

 

Organized 10 September 1921 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Redesignated 31 March 1942 as Division Headquarters, 101st Division

 

Disbanded 15 August 1942; concurrently, reconstituted in the Army of the United States as Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana

 

Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France

 

Allotted 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army

 

Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Inactivated 27 May 1949 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

 

Reorganized and redesignated 3 February 1964 as Headquarters and

 

Headquarters Company, 101st Airborne Division

 

 

1st Brigade

 

Constituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters Company, 101st Division

 

Organized in November 1921 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Reorganized and redesignated 31 March 1942 as Headquarters and Military Police Company (less Military Police Platoon), 101st Division

 

Disbanded 15 August 1942; concurrently reconstituted in the Army of the United States as Headquarters Company, 101st Airborne *Division, and activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana

 

Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France

 

Allotted 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army

 

Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Inactivated 27 May 1949 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

 

Reorganized and redesignated 1 July 1956 as Headquarters and Service Company, 101st Airborne Division

 

Reorganized and redesignated 25 April 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Command and Control Battalion, 101st Airborne Division

 

Reorganized and redesignated 3 February 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

 

 

2nd Brigade

 

Constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as Headquarters, 159th Infantry

 

Brigade, an element of the 80th Division

 

Organized 27 August 1917 at Camp Lee, Virginia

 

Demobilized 1 June 1919 at Camp Lee, Virginia

 

Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 80th Division

 

Organized in September 1922 at Richmond, Virginia

 

Redesignated 23 March 1925 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Brigade

 

Redesignated 24 August 1936 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Infantry Brigade

 

Converted and redesignated 12 February 1942 as the 80th Reconnaissance Troop (less 3d Platoon), 80th Division (Headquarters and *Headquarters Company, 160th Infantry Brigade, concurrently converted and redesignated as the 3d Platoon, 80th Reconnaissance Company, 80th Division)

 

Troop ordered into active military service 15 July 1942 and reorganized at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, as the 80th Cavalry *Reconnaissance Troop, an element of the 80th Division (later redesignated as the 80th Infantry Division)

Reorganized and redesignated 12 August 1943 as the 80th Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized

 

Inactivated 6 January 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey

 

Redesignated 15 July 1946 as the Reconnaissance Platoon, 80th Airborne Division

 

Activated 21 May 1947 at Richmond, Virginia, as the 80th Airborne

 

Reconnaissance Platoon, an element of the 80th Airborne Division

(Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve)

Reorganized and redesignated 20 April 1948 as the Reconnaissance Platoon, 80th Airborne Division

 

Reorganized and redesignated 18 September 1950 as the 80th Airborne

 

Reconnaissance Company

 

Reorganized and redesignated 10 May 1952 as the 80th Reconnaissance Company, an element of the 80th Infantry Division

 

Disbanded 29 March 1959 at Richmond, Virginia

 

Reconstituted (less 3d Platoon) 22 October 1963 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Infantry *Brigade (3d Platoon, 80th Reconnaissance Company--hereafter separate lineage)

 

Redesignated 21 January 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

 

Activated 3 February 1964 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 

 

3rd Brigade

 

Constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as Headquarters, 160th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 80th Division

 

Organized 27 August 1917 at Camp Lee, Virginia

 

Demobilized 7 June 1919 at Camp Lee, Virginia

 

Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 80th Division

 

Organized in September 1922 at Baltimore, Maryland

 

Redesignated 23 March 1925 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Brigade

 

Redesignated 24 August 1936 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Infantry Brigade

 

Converted and redesignated 12 February 1942 as the 3d Platoon, 80th Reconnaissance Troop, 80th Division (Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Infantry Brigade, concurrently converted and redesignated as the 80th Reconnaissance Troop [less 3d Platoon], 80th Division)

 

Troop ordered into active military service 15 July 1942 and reorganized at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, as the 80th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, an element of the 80th Division (later redesignated as the 80th Infantry Division)

 

Reorganized and redesignated 12 August 1943 as the 80th Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized

 

Inactivated 6 January 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey

 

Redesignated 15 July 1946 as the Reconnaissance Platoon, 80th Airborne Division

 

Activated 21 May 1947 at Richmond, Virginia, as the 80th Airborne Reconnaissance Platoon, an element of the 80th Airborne Division

(Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve)

Reorganized and redesignated 20 April 1948 as the Reconnaissance Platoon, 80th Airborne Division

 

Reorganized and redesignated 18 September 1950 as the 80th Airborne Reconnaissance Company

 

Reorganized and redesignated 10 May 1952 as the 80th Reconnaissance Company, an element of the 80th Infantry Division

 

Disbanded 29 March 1959 at Richmond, Virginia

 

3d Platoon, 80th Reconnaissance Company, reconstituted 22 October 1963 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Infantry Brigade (remainder of the company - hereafter separate lineage)

 

Redesignated 21 January 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

 

Activated 3 February 1964 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 

 

Division Artillery

 

Constituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 176th Field Artillery Brigade

 

Organized in 1923 in Wisconsin

 

Redesignated 30 January 1942 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st Division Artillery

 

Disbanded 15 August 1942; concurrently reconstituted in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st Airborne Division Artillery, and activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana

 

Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France

 

Allotted 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army

 

Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Inactivated 27 May 1949 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky

 

Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

 

Reorganized and redesignated 1 July 1956 as Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Battery, 101st Airborne Division Artillery

 

Reorganized and redesignated 25 April 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st Airborne Division Artillery

 

 

159th Aviation Brigade

 

Constituted 16 October 1992 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Aviation Group, and activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 

Reorganized and redesignated 16 June 1998 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

 

 

HISTORY:

World War I

 

The 101st Infantry Division was constituted on 5 August 1917 in the National Army as Headquarters, 159th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 80th Division.

 

It was organized 27 August 1917 at Camp Lee, Virginia. The division was undergoing organization and then training when the war was ended. It was then demobilized 1 June 1919 at Camp Lee, Virginia.

 

 

World War II

 

The division was activated on August 15, 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. On August 19, 1942, its first commander, Major General William C. Lee, promised his new recruits that the 101st had a "rendezvous with destiny."

 

General Order Number Six, which gave birth to the division, reads:

 

The 101st Airborne Division, activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, has no history, but it has a rendezvous with destiny. Like the early American pioneers whose invincible courage was the foundation stone of this nation, we have broken with the past and its traditions in order to establish our claim to the future.

 

Due to the nature of our armament, and the tactics in which we shall perfect ourselves, we shall be called upon to carry out operations of far-reaching military importance and we shall habitually go into action when the need is immediate and extreme.

 

Let me call your attention to the fact that our badge is the great American eagle. This is a fitting emblem for a division that will crush its enemies by falling upon them like a thunderbolt from the skies.

 

The history we shall make, the record of high achievement we hope to write in the annals of the American Army and the American people, depends wholly and completely on the men of this division. Each individual, each officer and each enlisted man, must therefore regard himself as a necessary part of a complex and powerful instrument for the overcoming of the enemies of the nation. Each, in his own job, must realize that he is not only a means, but an indispensable means for obtaining the goal of victory. It is, therefore, not too much to say that the future itself, in whose molding we expect to have our share, is in the hands of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division.

 

During World War II, the Pathfinders of the 101st Airborne Division led the way on D-Day in the night drop prior to the invasion. They left from RAF North Witham having trained there with the elite, veteran 82nd Airborne Division.

 

On August 25, 1944 the division became part of the 18th Airborne Corps in the First Allied Airborne Army. As part of this formation, the division took part in Operation Market Garden.

 

During the Battle of the Bulge the 101st, as one of the few forces available to contain the German advance was rushed forward by truck to defend the vital road junction of Bastogne. Famously, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe answered the German demand for surrender with the reply "To the German Commander: NUTS! -The American Commander" and the division fought on until the siege was lifted and the German advance halted.

 

On 1 August 1945, the 101st Airborne Division left Germany for Auxerre, France, to begin training for the invasion of Japan. When Japan surrendered two weeks later, the operation became unnecessary. The 101st deactivated on 30 November at Auxerre.

 

For their efforts during World War II, the 101st Airborne Division was awarded four campaign streamers and two Presidential Unit Citations. The division suffered 1,766 Killed In Action; 6,388 Wounded In Action; and 324 Died of Wounds during World War II.

 

Units

501st Parachute Infantry Regiment

502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment

506th Parachute Infantry Regiment

327th Glider Infantry Regiment

1-401st Glider Infantry Regiment

321st Glider Field Artillery Battalion (75mm)

907th Glider Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)

377th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion (75mm)

81st Airborne AAA/AT Battalion

326th Airborne Engineer Battalion

320th Field Artillery Regiment

187th Infantry Regiment

 

Helmet insignia

The 101st is made famous partly by their helmet decorations. The soldiers used card suits (diamonds, spades, hearts, and clubs) to indicate the regiment to which they belonged.

 

These insignias were first seen in WWII, and can still be seen on 101st Division soldiers today.

327th: Clubs

501st: Diamonds

502d: Hearts

506th: Spades

 

 

The 1950s

The 101st Airborne Division was reactivated as a training unit at Camp Breckinridge, Ky., in 1948 and again in 1950. It was reactivated again in 1954 at Fort Jackson, S.C., and in March 1956, the 101st was transferred, less personnel and equipment to Fort Campbell, Ky., to be reorganized as a combat division.

 

From September through November of 1957 elements of the division were deployed to Little Rock, Arkansas, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to enforce Federal court orders during the Little Rock Crisis.

 

 

The 1960s and the Vietnam War

 

In the mid-1960s, the 1st Brigade and support troops were deployed to the Republic of Vietnam, followed by the rest of the division in late 1967. In almost seven years of combat in Vietnam, elements of the 101st participated in 15 campaigns. Notable among these were the Battle of Hamburger Hill in 1969 and Firebase Ripcord in 1970. The 101st was deployed in the northern I Corps region operating against the NVA infiltration routes through Laos and the A Shau Valley. Elements of the division supported the ARVN Operation Lam Son 719, the invasion of southern Laos, in 1971, but only aviation units actually entered Laos. In the seven years that all or part of the division served in Vietnam it suffered 4,011 Killed In Action and 18,259 Wounded In Action.

 

In 1968, the 101st took on the structure and equipment of an airmobile division. Today, the 101st stands as the Army's and the world's only air assault division with unequaled strategic and tactical mobility. In 1974, the training of the 101st was recognized with the creation of the Air Assault Badge, now a service wide decoration of the United States Army.

 

 

Post-Vietnam

 

Tragedy struck the division on December 12, 1985. A civilian aircraft, Arrow Air Flight 1285, chartered to transport some of the division from peacekeeping duty with the Multinational Force Observers on the Sinai Peninsula to Kentucky, crashed near Gander, Newfoundland. All eight air crew members and 248 US servicemen died, most were from the 3d Battalion, 502d Infantry. The crash was the worst in Canadian aviation history. President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy travelled to Fort Campbell to comfort grieving family members.

 

 

Persian Gulf War

 

In January 1991, the 101st once again had its "Rendezvous with Destiny" in Iraq during the combat air assault into enemy territory. The 101st sustained no soldiers killed in action during the 100-hour war and captured thousands of enemy prisoners of war.

 

The division has supported humanitarian relief efforts in Rwanda and Somalia, then later supplied peacekeepers to Haiti and Bosnia.

 

 

Iraq War

 

The division was deployed once again to Iraq in 2003 as part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom). The division was in V Corps, providing support to the 3rd Infantry Division by clearing Iraqi strongpoints which that division had bypassed. The Division then went on to a tour of duty as part of the occupation forces of Iraq, using the city of Mosul as their primary base of operations, before being withdrawn in early 2004 for rest and refit. As part of the Army's modular transformation, the existing infantry brigades, artillery brigade, and aviation brigades were transformed. The Army also re-activated the 4th Brigade Combat Team (known as "Currahee", and not active since World War II) and its subordinate units, to form a seven major units division (four infantry BCTs, two aviation BCTs, and one support Unit of Action), making it the largest formation currently in the U.S. Army.

 

The division's second deployment to Iraq began in the late summer of 2005. The division headquarters replaced the 42nd Infantry Division, which had been directing security operations as the headquarters for Task Force Liberty. Renamed Task Force Band of Brothers, the 101st assumed responsibility on November 1, 2005 for four provinces in north central Iraq: Salah ad Din, Kirkuk, Diyala and As Sulymaniyah. On December 30, 2005, Task Force Band of Brothers also assumed responsibility for training Iraqi security forces and conducting security operations in Ninevah and Dahuk provinces as the headquarters for Task Force Freedom was disestablished.

 

During the second deployment, 2nd and 4th Brigades of the 101st Airborne Division were assigned to conduct security operations under the command of Task Force Baghdad, led initially by 3rd Infantry Division, which was replaced by 4th Infantry Division.

 

Task Force Band of Brothers' primary mission during its second deployment to Iraq was the training of Iraqi security forces. When the 101st returned to Iraq, there were no Iraqi units capable of assuming the lead for operations against Iraqi and foreign terrorists. As the division concluded its tour, 33 battalions were in the lead for security in assigned areas, and two of four Iraq divisions in northern Iraq were commanding and controlling suborinate units.

 

Simultaneously with training Iraqi Soldiers and their leaders, 101st Soldiers conducted numerous security operations against terrorist cells operating in the division's assigned, six-province area of operations. Operation Swarmer was the largest air assault operation conducted in Iraq since April 22, 2003. 1st Brigade conducted Operation Scorpion with Iraqi units near Kirkuk.

 

Developing other aspects of Iraqi society also figured in 101st operations in Iraq. Division commander Maj. Gen. Thomas Turner hosted the first governors' conference for the six provinces in the division's area of operations, as well as the neighboring province of Erbil. Numerous civil affairs operations were directed by the division, including the construction and renovation of schools, clinics, police stations, and other important landmarks in civilian communities from Turkey to Baghdad and from the Syrian border to the Iranian border.

 

 

The 101st Airborne Today

 

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, provides forcible entry capability through heliborne 'air assault' operations. Capable of inserting a 4,000 soldier combined arms task force, 150-kilometers into enemy terrain in one lift, and possessing 281 helicopters, including three battalions of Apache attack helicopters, this division is the most versatile in the Army. For this reason, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the division most in demand by combatant commanders.

 

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., began its transformation effort on September 16th, 2004. As of June 2006, the division had reorganized into four Brigade Combat Teams (UA)s, two Aviation BCTs (UA)s and a support UA.

 

The 101st stands as the Army's and world's only air assault division with unequaled strategic and tactical mobility. The 101st is unique in that it normally conducts operations 150 to 300 kilometers beyond the line of contact or forward-line-of-own-troops, requiring theater- and national-level intelligence support as a matter of course.

 

 

Subordinate Units

501st Special Troops Battalion

---501st STB, Headquarters

---501st STB, A Company

---501st STB, B Company

---101st Division Band

---501st STB, MI DET

---501st STB, SIG DET

---501st STB, E Company

---501st STB, PATH

 

1st Brigade Combat Team ("Bastogne")

---HHC, 1st BCT ("Warriors")

---1-327th Infantry Regiment ("Above the Rest")

---2-327th Infantry Regiment ("No Slack")

---1st Squadron (RSTA), 32d Cavalry

---2-320th Field Artillery Battalion ("Balls of the Eagle")

---1st Special Troops Battalion

---426th Brigade Support Battalion ("Taskmasters")

 

2d Brigade Combat Team ("Strike")

---HHC, 2d BCT

---1-502d Infantry Regiment ("First Strike")

---2-502d Infantry Regiment ("Strike Force")

---1st Squadron (RSTA), 75th Cavalry

---1-320th Field Artillery Battalion ("Top Guns")

---311th Brigade Troops Battalion ("Team")

---526th Brigade Support Battalion ("Best By Performance")

 

3d Brigade Combat Team ("Rakkasans")

---HHC, 3d BCT

---1-187th Infantry Regiment ("Leader Rakkasans")

---3-187th Infantry Regiment ("Iron Rakkasans")

---1st Squadron (RSTA), 33d Cavalry

---3-320th Field Artillery Battalion ("Red Knight")

---381st Brigade Troops Battalion

---626th Brigade Support Battalion ("Assurgam")

 

4th Brigade Combat Team ("Currahee")

---HHC, 4th BCT

---1-506th Infantry Regiment

---2-506th Infantry Regiment

---1st Squadron (RSTA), 61st Cavalry

---4-320th Field Artillery Battalion

---4th Brigade Troops Battalion

---801st Brigade Support Battalion

 

101st Aviation Brigade ("Wings of Destiny")

---HHC, 101st Aviation Brigade

---2-17 Air Cavalry Squadron ("Out Front")

---1-101st Aviation Battalion ("Expect No Mercy")

---2-101st Aviation Battalion ("Eagle Warrior")

---5-101st Aviation Battalion ("Eagle Assault")

---6-101st Aviation Battalion ("Shadow of the Eagle")

---96th Aviation Battalion ("Troubleshooters")

 

159th Aviation Brigade ("Eagle Thunder")

---HHC, 159th Aviation Brigade

---7-17th Air Cavalry Squadron

---3-101st Aviation Battalion ("Eagle Attack")

---4-101st Aviation Battalion ("Wings of the Eagles")

---7-101st General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) ("Eagle Lift")

---563rd Aviation Support Battalion ("Keep Them Fighting")

 

101st Sustainment Brigade ("Life Liners")

---DMMC

---63d Chemical Company

---106th Transportation Battalion

---372d TC Company

---594th TC Company

---613th MCT

---632d MCT

---129th Combat Support Battalion

---494th TC Company

---561st Combat Support Battalion

---95th Maint

---102d Quartermaster Company

---196th Quartermaster Detachment

---227th GS Company

---541st TC Company

---584th Maintenance Company

---717th EOD Detachment

---101st Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion

---101st SSB

 

2-44th Air Defense Artillery Battalion ("Strike Fear")

887th Engineer Company (LE) ("Empire")

86th CSH

 

Divisional history from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_101st_Airborne_Division

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/age...army/101abn.htm

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Here's a small grouping that my father collected as a teenager during WWII. Bob Hambright dated my father's older sister, and my father talked him out of the patch & ribbons (the wings are not his).

 

My favorite part is the campaign stars attatched to the patch.

 

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Collecting 3rd Armored Division items of all kinds from all eras, specializing in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment.

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101 AB patch belonging to Prentice Alexander.

He was with the 326th Abn Engineers until his accident in 1943.

After returning from the hospital, he was transferred to the 98th 'Iroquois' Division in 1944 as ambulance driver.

 

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White tongue and green back.

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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More WWII variations.

 

Gary

 

"White Tongues".

 

The short tab on the white back patch is the way it was received by the sister of the 101st paratrooper during the war. This is the way she received it in a letter, so this is the way I'll leave it.

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**PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMMUNITY MEMBER HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY**

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/15996-please-read-gary-mohrlang-glm/

 

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Here is my favorite and one of the best looking patches out there. The proverbial type 8 under the Bando ID'ing system. Contrary to popular belief these were made in the US and not England. This one has been modified with shroud line between the Airborne rocker and shield. This was done by a man from C/506th.

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I don't normally touch modern stuff, but due to my current geographical condition its been hard for me to get my hands on WWII patches. So to keep from going insane I've been picking up neat theater made variations when I find them. Here are 4 different "Theater Made" 101st patches from Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

Top left: Black and olive green, as originally used on the ACUs before the advent of the sage green patches. FE, cut edge, on velcro.

 

Top right: Black and sage green with ACU patter fabric between the patch and the tab. FE, cut edge, on velcro.

 

Bottom left: Tan and Brown for use on the now never seen Desert Combat Uniform. FE, cute edge.

 

Bottom right. Black and olive green. This is my favorite, as it is the most crudely made. It is not fully embroidered, the tab being made from green cloth and the main patch made from black cloth. Cut edge, on velcro.

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An example of a 'Type 2' WWII 101st Airborne Division patch.

 

-Ski

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Here is an example of an early 'Type 10' 101st patch. Type 10's come in many different versions, from cotton backs to synthetic threaded versions. This one is either WWII or early 1950's.

 

-Ski

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

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