Company G, 143d Infantry (LRS)
Reports of the death of Company G, Long Range Surveillance, appear to have been greatly exagerated. Around the year 2000 there were suggestions that it had been inactivated. Popular rumor was that it was too expensive to be the only National Guard Airborne Company in the state. The last Annual Training was completed 10-24 June 2000 in Arkansas. The company successfully inserted teams from Camp Robinson (Little Rock) to Fort Chaffee (Fort Smith).
George Washington's birthday isn't just another holiday in Laredo; it's a major cause for celebration, and the Texas Army National Guard joined in for 2002. Thousands of spectators gathered to view vintage World War II aircraft, high-tech fighter jets, helicopters, and an assortment of military equipment items on display. They were also treated to a parachuting demonstration by 16 National Guard paratroopers from the 143rd Infantry Detachment (Long Range Surveillance) who jumped from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from 1,500 feet. Performing in his sixth air show, 1st Lt. Max Krupp, the executive officer of the 143rd, said that he and his troops enjoy performing for the public because doing so maximizes the visibility of the National Guard. "Our soldiers usually jump at night," said Krupp. "Therefore, the public can't see them in action. Air show performances give our guys some recognition for the skills they have."
On 15 October 1917 the 143d Infantry Regiment was formed from the 3d Infantry (less M.G. Company) Texas National Guard and the Fifth Infantry, Texas National Guard. The 143d Infantry Regiment, as a part of the 36th Infantry Division, arrived in France during the early summer of 1918. The 143d Infantry Regiment was demobilized at Camp Bowie, Texas, on the 13th and 14th of June 1919. Over 12,000 men passed through the 143d Infantry during World War II. During its combat period of World War II, the Regiment was in the line for a total of 386 days actively engaged with the enemy.
The coat of arms was adopted by the 143d Infantry on June 30, 1926. The shield is azure, a bent wavy argent between an oak tree eradicated and a golden key. The crest is that for the regiments of the Texas Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors (argent and azure) a mullet argent encircled by a garland of live oak and olive proper. The motto is "ARMS SECURE PEACE." The shield is blue for the infantry. The bent wavy represents the Regiment's service on the Mexican Border, along the Rio Grande River, and the Aisne River in France, along which the Regiment participated in operations during World War I. The oak tree symbolizes the Meuse-Argonne operation, during which the Regiment received its baptism of fire. The gold key, taken from the Army of Cuban Occupation Medal, indicates service in the Spanish-American War.
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