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1st Battalion, 32nd Armored Regiment

As part of the Army's transformation towards a modular force, 1st Battalion, 32nd Armored Regiment was reflagged as the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry in 2005. The 32nd Cavalry regiment shares its historical lineage with the 32nd Armored Regiment.

The 32nd Armored Regiment was activated April, 15 1941 at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana as the 2nd Armored Regiment and assigned to the 3rd Armored Division. This title designation did not last for long as the unit was quickly redesignated less than a month later on May 8, 1941 as the 32nd Armored Regiment.

The 32nd Armored then moved to Fort Polk Louisiana on 14 June, 1941. When the unit arrived Fort Polk was still not completed but nonetheless it was designated as the training base for the 3rd Armored Division. The Battalion received the bulk of its men who underwent basic training, began field training and learned to operate their tanks.

Battalion moved to Normandy in mid June of 1944. On June 29 1944, the Battalion entered combat as part of Combat Command A at Villiers-Fossard. The Battalion fought on until 24 April 1945. During their time in action the unit assisted in the liberation of France and Belgium and breaking through the Siegfried Line. The unit earned two Distinguished Unit Citations and twice received Meritorious Service Plaque for their service during the way.

Following the end of the Second World War, the 32 nd Armored Regiment stood down along with the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on November 10, 1945. But as Cold War tensions began to drew, the unit was reactivated on July, 15, 1947. The unit was stationed in Germany and was tasked with deterring any Soviet advance through the Fulda Gap.

The 32nd Armored Regiment also played an important role in Operation Desert Storm as part of the 3rd Armored Division. But followed the end of hostilities in the Persian Gulf, the 32nd Armored Regiment stood down along with the rest of the 3rd Armored Division at Fort Knox, KY, on October 17, 1992.

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