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13th_SptBn.jpg (8623 bytes)13th SUPPORT BATTALION
(13th SUPPLY AND SERVICES BATTALION)
HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT

Constituted 13 January 1941 in the Regular Army as the 60th Quartermaster Battalion.

Activated 25 May 1942 as Camp Claiborne, Louisiana (organic elements activated 1 June 1941 - 21 April 1942 at various stations).

Battalion broken up 10 March 1944 and its elements reorganized and redesignated as follows:

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 60th Quartermaster Battalion

(Companies A, B, C, and D as the 421st, 422d, 423d and 424th Quartermaster Laundry Companies, respectively - hereafter separate lineages)

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 60th Quartermaster Battalion reorganized and redesignated 24 May 1946 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 60th Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile.

Converted and redesignated 1 August 1946 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 60th Transportation Corps Truck Battalion.

Converted and redesignated 1 February 1947 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 60th Quartermaster Battalion.

Inactivated 20 June 1948 in England.

Redesignated 18 November 1948 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 13th Quartermaster Battalion.

Activated 4 January 1948 at Camp Lee, Virginia.

Reorganized and redesignated 1 July 1962 as the 13th Quartermaster Battalion (organic elements constituted 25 May 1962 and activated 1 July 1962 in Korea)

Reorganized and redesignated 1 January 1966 as the 13th Supply and Services Battalion.

Inactivated 21 June 1971 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Headquarters and Headquarters Company activated 21 October 1977 in Germany.

Reorganized and redesignated 16 October 1992 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 13th Support Battalion.

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

World War II
Northern France
Rhineland

Korean War
First UN counteroffensive
CCF spring offensive
UN summer-fall offensive
Second Korean winter
Korea, summer-fall 1952
Third Korean winter
Korea, summer 1953

Southwest Asia
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait

DECORATIONS

Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered SOUTHWEST ASIA (5 Dec 90-30 Apr 91,DAGO 27, 27 Dec 94)
Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1953
Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1953-1954
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA

MOTTO: Strength Support

DISTINCTIVE  UNIT INSIGNIA
(Unit Crest)

13th_SptBn.jpg (8623 bytes)Authorized: For the 13th Quartermaster Battalion, 12,July 1963, redesignated 13th Support Battalion 16 October 1992.

Description: A silver colored metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess dancetté Azure and Buff, fesswise in chief two sprigs of grapevine each bearing a leaf pendant Argent.   Attached below the shield a silver scroll bearing the inscription "STRENGTH" on the left and "SUPPORT" on the right in black letter.

Symbolism: Buff is used with blue for the Quartermaster Corps.  The two grape leaves refer to the areas where the unit served in World War II -- the Rhineland and Northern France.  The dancetté partition line represents the mountainous terrain of Korea where the organization served during the War.  The peaks are three in number in reference to the Battalion's three unit awards for action in Korea.

COAT OF ARMS
(Displayed on Battalion Flag)

13th Coat of Arms from The Institute of Heraldry filesApproved: Originally authorized 12 July 1963 for the 13th Quartermaster Battalion, redesignated on 9 August 1966 for the 13th Supply and Service Battalion, Redesigned for the 13th Support Battalion effective 16 October 1994.

SHIELD:

Description: Per Fess dancetté Azure and Buff, fesswise in chief two sprigs of grapevine each bearing a leaf pendant Argent.

Symbolism: Buff is used with blue for the Quartermaster Corps.  The two grape leaves refer to the areas where the unit served in World War II -- the Rhineland and Northern France.  The dancetté partition line represents the mountainous terrain of Korea where the organization served during the War.   The peaks are three in number in reference to the Battalion's three unit awards for action in Korea.

CREST:

Description: From a wreath Buff and Azure, a dromedary statant haltered, collared and bearing supplies.  Proper, pendant there from a Moorish shield bendwise sinister blazoned; Per chevron Azure and Buff, all environed by a wreath of two palm trees Proper.

Symbolism: The dromedary symbolizes desert resupply and support to the front line troops.  The cargo and shield on the camel reflect the unit's former designations as a Quartermaster Battalion and as a Supply and Service Battalion.  The palm trees denote the unit's participation in Southwest Asia Desert Shield/Storm campaigns.

Motto:  Strength-Support

 

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