765th Transportation Battalion
The mission of the 765th is to provide command and control, administration and logistic support, discipline, and training to soldiers assigned/attached to the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School, Transportation School, Provost Marshal's Office, Installation Staff, and International Military Students, administer the Security Assistance Training Program at Ft. Eustis, and on order establish and operate Emergency Evacuation Center.
The battalion's rich history spans three wars and its heritage in both transportation and aviation has produced a distinguished lineage and honors. In World War II, the 765th was born on 12 March 1943, as the 765th Railway Shop Battalion, TC. Following its activation at Camp Plauche, Louisiana, on 4 May 1944, the battalion was shipped to Europe, where it participated in the Rhineland Campaign. After the war, the 765th Railway Shop Battalion was transferred to Ft. Eustis, in March 1946.
With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, the 765th was alerted for movement overseas. The battalion distinguished itself by providing rail support during every campaign of the conflict and received the Meritorious Unit Commendation twice and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Deactivation on 20 December 1954, in Korea, brought to a close a major chapter in the battalion's history.
In the 1960's, as the Vietnam Conflict began to intensify, the 765th was once again called upon to serve its country and on 1 March 1963, was redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 765th Transportation Battalion, and was reactivated on 26 March 1964, at Fort Benning, Georgia as an aircraft maintenance unit. In Vietnam, the 765th participated in 17 campaigns and distinguished itself by earning six Meritorious Unit Citations, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Medal Unit Citation. In 1972, the battalion was again deactivated.
The 765th Transportation Battalion was reactivated 30 July 1988, at Fort Eustis, Virginia. With 28 campaign credits, 8 Meritorious Unit Citations and 3 Foreign decorations, the 765th Transportation Battalion is the most decorated unit on Fort Eustis.
The battalion's diverse history, reflected in its companies (Headquarters and Headquarters Company (USATCFE), 1st Staff & Faculty Company, 3rd Staff & Faculty Company, F Company (International Military Students Company), and Military Police Company (USATCFE)), carries on the 765th's proud tradition of transportation and aviation support to the nation.
The Battalion's motto of "STRAIGHT ARROW", a legacy of its Vietnam service.
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