1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment
The 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, the "Death Dealers," was originally constituted on 24 March 1923 in the Regular Army as Company A, 19th Tank Battalion. It was redesignated on 1 September 1929 as Company A, 2nd Tank Regiment. It was converted and redesignated on 25 October 1932 as Company A, 67th Infantry (Medium Tanks). The unit was activated on 5 June 1940 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Personnel of the 17th Tank Battalion, which were used to form the 19th Tank Battalion, had been in the 305th Brigade. They subsequently adopted the arms and crest of that brigade. The colors of the shield commemorated the insignia worn by the brigade. The erupting mountain symbolized the anti-tank mine that caused heavy losses within the 17th Tank Battalion. The crest was taken from the ancient arms of Picardy where the brigade had seen all of its action in the First World War. This historical connection also allowed the unit to carry a campaign streamer for the Somme Offensive.
The unit was converted and redesignated on 15 July 1940 as Company A, 67th Armored Regiment, an element of the 2nd Armored Division. The unit participated in 7 campaigns during the Second World War with the 2nd Armored Division: Algeria-French Morocco (streamer with arrowhead indicating participation in the initial assault), Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.
After the end of the Second World War, Company A, 67th Armored Regiment was reorganized and redesignated on 25 March 1946 as Company D, 6th Tank Battalion. This Battalion remained an element of the 2nd Armored Division. The unit was redesignated on 31 January 1949 as Company D, 6th Medium Tank Battalion. The 6th Medium Tank Battalion was relieved on 14 July 1950 from assignment to the 2nd Armored Division and reassigned on 29 October 1950 to the 24th Infantry Division. Company D, along with the rest of the Battalion, served during the Korean War, participating in 6 campaigns: UN Defensive, UN Offensive, CCF Intervention, First UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring Offensive, and UN Summer-Fall Offensive. The unit was disbanded on 10 November 1951 in Korea.
The unit was reconstituted on 3 December 1954 in the Regular Army as Company D, 6th Tank Battalion, an element of the 24th Infantry Division. It was activated on 22 December 1954 in Japan. It was relieved on 1 July 1957 from assignment to the 24th Infantry Division and concurrently reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 67th Armor. This unit was concurrently assigned to the 2nd Armored Division with its organic elements concurrently constituted and activated. The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 1 July 1963 as the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor.
As part of the 2nd Armored Division, 1-67th Armor deployed to southwest Asia in 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield. It subsequently particiapted in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The Battalion gained participated in 3 campaigns during its time in southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia, Liberation and Defense of Kuwait, and Cease-Fire. The Battalion was relieved on 21 May 1991 from assignment to the 2nd Armored Division and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. It was relieved on 16 December 1992 from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division and reassigned to the 2nd Armored Division. The 1st Battalion, 67th Armor was relieved on 16 January 1996 from assignment to the 2nd Armored Division and assigned to the 4th Infantry Division.
In March 2003, the Battalion, along with the rest of 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Brigade moved up Highway 1 thru Baghdad, Taji, and on to Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, destroying resistance from Iraqi forces. 1-67th Armor, in conjuntion with other components of 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, secured and held multiple airfields and military complexes for later use by follow-on forces, including going as far north as K2 Airfield near Bayji. During its deployment, the elements of 67th Armored Regiment assigned to 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division consisted of 2 M1A2 SEP equipped tank battalions (1st and 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor).
Following its return from Iraq, the Battalion was relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division and assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. This reassignment was part of the transformation of the 4th Infantry Division to the US Army's new modular force structure.
As of 1 January 2006, the 1st Battalion, 67th Infantry Regiment, an element of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, was operating out of Forward Operating base Iskanderyah, located at the Musayyib power plant in Iraq. The unit's mission, along with that of the rest of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, was to train Iraqi Security Forces to conduct operations independent of coalition assistance. 1-67th Armor was charged with patrolling, alongside Iraqi police and Army forces, the cities of Karbala, Musayyib and Jurf as Sakhr.
Following its return from Iraq in late 2006, the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor moved from Fort Hood, Texas to Fort Carson, Colorado along with the rest of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. This was as part of larger realignment of US Army units.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|