421st Medical Battalion (Multifunctional)
421st Medical Battalion (Evacuation)
The mission of the 421st Medical Battalion (Multifunctional) was to organize, train, and deploy to provide command and control of a medical task force conducting Combat Health Support Operations.
The 421st Medical Battalion was first constituted on 1 October 1933 in the Regular Army as Company C, 31st Medical Regiment and activated on 15 July 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas. The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 10 September 1943 as the 421st Collecting Company. It was reorganized and redesignated on 19 July 1945 as the 421st Medical Collecting Company. During the Second World War, the Company participated in 2 campaigns, Rhineland and Central Europe.
The Company later went on to serve during the Korean War. It was reorganized and redesignated on 27 July 1950 as the 421st Medical Collecting Company, Separate. It participated in 8 campaigns during the Korean War: UN Offensive, CCF Intervention, First UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring Offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive, Second Korean Winter, Korea Summer-Fall 1952, and Third Korean Winter. Following its service during the Korean War it was inactivated on 1 April 1953 in Korea.
The Company was redesignated on 24 July 1961 as the 421st Medical Company and activated on 21 August 1961 in Germany.
The Company was reorganized and redesignated on 16 October 1988 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 421st Medical Battalion. The 421st Medical Battalion (Evacuation), a part of the 30th Medical Group, the Battalion had been the only air and ground medical evacuation battalion in US Army Europe. The organization was a part of the 30th Medical Brigade and was composed of 4 companies and 2 detachments. Soldiers of the 421st Medical Battalion were stationed in Wiesbaden, Landstuhl and Katterbach. The unit's mission was to deploy and provide air and ground medical evacuation support and services and combat stress control.
During 1999 the 421st Medical Battalion participated in exercises in places such as: Tunisia, Austria, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, France, Africa, Croatia, Hungary and Albania.
As part of the restructuring of US forces in Europe, which included the reorganization and redesignation of the 30th Medical Brigade as the 30th Medical Command in 2008, the 421st Medical Battalion was reorganized as a multifunctional medical battalion, consisting of a Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 6 companies, and 2 detachments. The 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, stationed in Europe, supported 30th Medical Command, the Europe Regional Medical Command, US Army Europe (USAREUR), and the European Command (EUCOM), and played a crucial role in every military operation in the theater.
As part of continuing restructuring of US forces in Europe, the 167th Medical Detachment was inactivated in 2012.
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