3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment
"Hounds of Hell"
In 2008, as part of the reflagging of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division as 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment was inactivated. It was reflagged as the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, which was subsequently reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas. The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division was reorganized from a Heavy Brigade Combat Team to an Infantry Brigade Combat Team when it reactivated at Fort Carson, Colorado. 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment was subsequently not reactivated as part of the new 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
The 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, "Hounds of Hell," was originally constituted on 24 March 1923 in the Regular Army as Company C, 19th Tank Battalion. It was redesignated on 1 September 1929 as Company C, 2nd Tank Regiment. It was converted and redesignated on 25 October, 1932, as C Company, 67th Infantry (Medium Tanks). The unit was activated on 5 June 1940, at Fort Benning, Georgia and was converted and redesignated on 15 July 1940 as Company C, 67th Armored Regiment, an element of the 2d Armored Division.
On 15 July 1943, the unit found itself serving with the 2nd Armored Division as they fought fierce battles against the famed Afrika Corps across Morocco and Tunisia. The unit then helped the 2nd Armored Division during their liberation of Sicily. On 9 June 1944, the unit landed on Omaha Beach as part of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy in France. From there the unit fought across France and Belgium in route to Germany. The unit distinguished itself during the war, receiving 2 presidential citations. For its service during the Second World War, the unit earned 7 campaign streamers: Algeria-French Morocco (with arrowhead indicating participation in the initial assault), Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.
Following the conflict in Europe, C Company, 67th Armored Regiment was reorganized and redesignated on 25 March 1946 as Company C, 6th Tank Battalion, and remained an element of the 2d Armored Division. On 31 January 1949, the unit was again redesignated, this time as C Company, 6th Medium Tank Battalion. On 14 July 1950 the 6th Medium Tank Battalion as a whole was relieved from the 2nd Armored Division, and was then assigned to the 24th Infantry Division on 29 October 1950 for service in Korea. While in Korea the unit was redesignated on 10 November 1951 as Company C, 6th Tank Battalion. The unit saw fierce fighting on the Korean Peninsula and was justly rewarded with 8 campaign streamers: UN Defensive, UN Offensive, CCF Intervention, First UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring Offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive, Second Korean Winter, and Korea Summer 1953.
After the war, the unit continued to serve on the Korean peninsula until 5 June 1958 when it was inactivated there and relieved from assignment to the 24th Infantry Division. The unit was withdrawn on 17 April 1959 from the Regular Army and allotted to the Army Reserve. It was concurrently redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Medium Tank Battalion, 67th Armor, with its organic elements concurrently constituted. The Battalion was activated on 1 June 1959 with Headquarters at Tallahassee, Florida and inactivated there on 1 May 1964.
On 1 March 1975, the Battalion was withdrawn from the Army Reserve and allotted to the Regular Army. It was concurrently redesignated as the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor, assigned to the 2nd Armored Division, and activated at Fort Hood, Texas.
In 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment was finally called back into action. The Battalion was deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of the 1st Brigade, 1st Calvary Division to participate in Operation Desert Shield. During the operation, the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment was then attached as an element of the 2nd Marine Division and participated in the liberation of Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Storm. During the conflict, the Battalion achieved its objective on the outskirts of Kuwait City in only 72 hours. The unit was rewarded for their actions, receiving the Navy Unit Commendation and associated streamer.
Upon returning to Fort Hood, Texas, 3-67th Armor was relieved from its assignment to the 2nd Armored Division and assigned to the 1st Calvary Division on 21 May 1991. There it served as an element of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. On 16 August, 1993, the Battalion was relieved from assignment to the 1st Calvary Division and assigned back to the 2nd Armored Division, becoming an element of that Division's 2nd Brigade. On 15 December 1995, the 2nd Armored Division was reflagged as the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized). 3-67th Armor was relieved on 16 January 1996 from assignment to the 2nd Armored Division and assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, becoming an element of 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
Task Force 3-67th Armor was alerted to deploy as a part of the 4th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in January 2003. After nearly a month of preparation at Camp Udari, Kuwait, the Battalion began its move into Iraq on 2 May 2003. It arrived in its Area of Operations on 3 May 2003. The Battalion immediately established several assembly areas in various parts of the Diyala Province of Iraq.
From there the Hounds of Hell prepared to assault and then accepted the capitulation of the Mujahadeen El Kalq (MEK), set up a forward Operating Base in Khalis, Iraq and secured the Balad Airfield for the future location of the largest Coalition Logistical Support Area in the country. From these assembly areas, and later 4 separate forward operation bases, the Battalion completed numerous raids, patrols, checkpoint operations, and guard missions in support of counter-insurgency operations from May 2003 until mid-March 2004. During the first half of March 2004, the Battalion conducted a detailed Relief in Place handover with elements of the 1st Infantry Division. On 17 March 2004, responsibility for the area of operations was officially handed over to the 1st Infantry Division.
The Battalion redeployed back to Fort Hood, Texas in March 2004. As the elements of the 4th Infantry Division returned, the Division as a whole began its transformation to the US Army's modular force structure. The Battalion was subsequently inactivated and relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division. On 15 December 2004 the Battalion was reassigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and reactivated as a part of the Army's reorganization to become a lighter, faster, more lethal fighting force.
As of 1 January 2006, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah, which was housed in a former Iraqi Army officer's academy in eastern Baghdad, Iraq. The unit's duties involved regular patrols of the Iraqi capital to provide security while working in conjunction with Iraqi police forces.
In 2008, the US Army conducted a major realignment involving the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The Brigade Combat Team was reflagged as the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment was reflagged as the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado was reflagged as the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. As part of this reflagging, the 4th Brigade Combat Team transitioned from a Heavy Brigade Combat Team to an Infantry Brigade Combat Team. As a result, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor was not reactivated as an element of the 4th Brigade Combat Team.
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