Constituted 13 January 1944 in the Army of the United States as the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 142nd Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile
Activated 31 January 1944 at Camp Butner, North Carolina
Reorganized and redesignated 1 September 1946 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 142nd Quartermaster Battalion
Allocated to the Regular Army 8 December 1950
Reorganized 15 December 1962 as the 142nd Quartermaster Battalion (Direct Support) (Organic elements constituted and activated)
Inactivated 1 October 1964 at Pusan, Korea
Reactivated and redesignated 16 March 1981 Wiesbaden, Germany as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 142nd Supply and Service Battalion
Reactivated and redesignated 25 January 1993 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 142nd Support Battalion at Fort Polk, Louisiana
CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT
World War II
Description: A gold color metal and enamel device consisting of two gold keys in saltire overlapping a buff disc bearing at its center a taeguk: overall in pale a gold sword point up with its handle in front of the motto scroll at base; surrounding the buff disc a blue continuous scroll inscribed "SUPPORT FOR STRENGTH" in gold letters.
Symbolism: Buff is a color traditionally associated with Supply and Service and Quartermaster organizations, the original allocations of this unit. The gold key reflects control over supplies and refers to the unit's origin as the 142nd Quartermaster Battalion. The buff color also symbolizes sand and refers to the formers unit's World War II campaign credits earned in Africa and the Middle East. The taeguk reflects the Battalion's service during the Korean War. The short sword exemplifies the unit's motto and alludes to combat participation.
COAT OF ARMS
Shield: Buff, two keys saltirewise, wards up and out or, surmounted by a taeguk gules and azure, overall a sword palewise, point to chief of the second.
Motto: SUPPORT FOR STRENGTH.
Shield: Buff is a color traditionally associated with Supply and Service and Quartermaster organizations and refers to former service. The gold keys reflects control over supplies and refers to the origin of the unit as a Quartermaster Battalion. The buff color also symbolizes sand and refers to the Quartermaster service in Africa and the Middle East during World War II. The taeguk commemorates service during the Korean War. The short sword exemplifies the unit's motto and alludes to the combat record during that conflict.
since 19 June 2002