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This page is dedicated to the men and women of the 44th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, who served at Long Binh Vietnam. Any comments welcome.

You can also visit http://1st_signal_rvn.tripod.com/home.htm 

Interesting photos from 67 - 68

Welcome to the Internet Home for Veterans of the 
United States Army, 1st Signal Brigade, 44th Battalion  - Viet Nam

 

Maybe one of you have an answer to a question which is bugging us. In 1970, "C" Company became "Radio Company Long Binh". Frank tells me that "B" Company underwent the same fate. Did all the companies in the 44th become "Radio Company Long Binh"?

So far,  the following veterans have submitted their names and e-mail addresses:

Me_Nam.JPG (35415 bytes) ME_Thuy.jpg (51994 bytes) Thuy.jpg (78182 bytes) Michael Walter - "C" Company (Oct 3, 1969 - Oct 2, 1970) 

Do you recognize any of these people?

around_hooch.jpg (37256 bytes) Muhammed.jpg (43232 bytes) Raines.jpg (44332 bytes) Sarge_and_Thuy.jpg (34040 bytes) 

CIV.jpg (24513 bytes)Frank Pate - "B" Company (Aug 1969 - May 1971)

Frank's Page : http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~class66/pate1.htm

JGolden.jpg (155694 bytes)Jerry  P. Golden -(Area) Comm Center Company, (Nov 17, 1969 - Nov 14, 1970)

Me at Jeep.jpg (58219 bytes)Denver D. Farley - "Area Company" (69 to early 70)

NIKINVN6.JPG (77436 bytes)Nick Godano - Area Signal Support (B) Company, Carrier Ops Platoon  (April 68 - 69)

Keven Jackson June 68 through June 69 "I worked on the hill at the comm center"

HECTOR GUZMAN I was with the 44th Signal BN, 1st Signal Brigade from February, 1967 til February, 1968 My MOS was a 72B20 and worked in the terminal section in the parked trailers. I was in charge of the comm section of the 44th. I also survived the Tet Offensive which started in January, 1968 and ended in April 1968. My rank while there in Long Binh, was SP4. I would like to hear from anyone who served with me during the aforementioned time frame

DAVE FIEDLER "I was in B Co as a 1LT/CPT from Sept 1969 to Sept 1970"

44th had 4 companies: HHC ; A - Comm Center; B - Radio; C - Telephone Operations (once called the 580th signal company)

I arrived in Sept 1969. The Company Commander was CPT William Trousdale and I was assigned as the XO, the OPS officer and the leader of all 4 platoons since we only had 2 officers. The platoon Sgts were Sgt's Clark (Larry), Sgt Yarnell, Sgt Lang, and a tall blond guy with a Polish last name that I cant remember. We were later joined by Sgt Berry, Sgt Alsop and SFC McKuen. 1SGT was SGT Kamahili later replaced by 1SGT Ousely. CPT Trousdale was replaced by CPT Watson. We were joined by LT Sidenstryker who we put in supply, and later by LT Clmensrud who we made into a platoon leader. Bn commanders were LTC Martuchi, followed by LTC Collom, followed by LTC Clark. We were "B" Co (Radio) 44th Sig BN, until we sent the Bn flags home and the Bn was redesigned Signal Support Agency Long Binh. We were then Radio Company SSA Long Binh. Name and paperwork changed but organizationally we were still B/44 Sig, 160th Sig Group, 1st Sig Bde.

 

 David Myers

I wanted to submit my Dad's photo to your page. His name is David Myers. He was in the 44th signal battalion in B company and was stationed at Long Binh.He left for Vietnam in either June/July 1969 and came back home in October 1970. Here is a web page dedicated to him.

me hootch.jpg (101328 bytes) Ray Sayre

My name is Ray Sayre, I was in the US Army and was stationed at Long Binh for the last half of 67 all of 68 and all of 69   going home in November of 69.. When I first went to Long Binh I was with the 593rd Telephone Operations Co. We were under MACV and wore the MACV patch at that time.  Shortly we were transferred to the 1st Signal Brigade, 44th Battalion, we were still the 593rd Telephone Operations Co.   Then I transferred to B Company and worked the Mars Station AB8USA. I was there through 2 extensions of tour.

vietnammeA.JPG (64271 bytes) Owen Martin

My name is Owen Martin I was with the 44th sig bat
in Bien Hoa then moved to Long Bien from April 67 to May 68 with HHC. was battallion draftsman for General Cheny 

NICK SAM CHUCK.jpg (59866 bytes) Nick

Here is a picture of me in Nam as a buck Sgt. I'm on the left the dog was our company mascot that had a litter of puppies under my bunk. The black fellow was my buddy, Chuck (can't think of his last name).

I was stationed in Viet Nam in 68'/69' in Co. A44/36 Sig.  which I think was Co. A of the 44th Sig Bn that was combined with the 36th Sig Bn somehow.  (I never did understand how it all took place).  Anyhow, we were stationed at Bien Hoa (the Army side) adjacent to the Bien Hoa Air Force Base.  I was in charge of a AN/TCC-28 Telephone Switching System.  It was contained in two semi trailers with the switching equipment and the Main Frame in one van and the Switchboard and Back Up Batteries in the other one.  Each van had its own air conditioning system and their were two 100kw generators that supplied power (one running, one resting). I worked on this system for 6 months with a crew of 4 others. (The only other name I remember was Frank Sinatra, "for obvious reasons.")  Around Dec. of 68' all telephone communications were switched over to the Air Force and my vans and I went to Long Binh where I spent another 6 months getting every nut, bolt, and piece of wire back to top condition. After I rotated back to the states I'm told that they shipped the entire system "up north" somewhere.  

Img00008.JPG (59841 bytes) Img00011.JPG (61045 bytes) Don Trower. I was in "C" company from April 68 to Apr 69. I worked in the Comm Center was a Teletype repairman

George_Casey.jpg (21717 bytes) George Casey I served in Co. C, 44th Signal Bn from Feb 1968- March 1969. I served as NCOIC of the communication Center located on the Hill by the USARV Buildings. I was a SSGT at the time and served with Sgt Harvey and Sgt Slay and more whom I cannot remember names of. I do remember faces and will never forgot those I served with. After leaving Vietnam, I became a COMSEC instructor at Fort Gordon and shortly after that I made Warrant Officer. I served for 23 years in the Sig Corps and retired in 1982. I was picked up in Civil Service as a GS12 Comms officer for United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg and served with Special Forces for 19 years 10 months and retired from that in 2001. 

Michael Lynch Here is some info on the "early"44th.

I report to Co. A, 44th Sig. Bn. in February/March, 1967. At that time the Battalion HQ and Co. A were at Bien Hoa army base, on slight hill overlooking Bien Hoa air base. There was a major carrier site there and the tower was one of two that the other side used as aiming stakes to target the then single runway on the air base.

Sometime not long before my arrival the unit seems to have been created out of the 232d Signal Company. That unit had been billeted on Cong Li street in Bien Hoa but moved to the army base (shared at that time with the 173d Airborne) by the time I arrived. We still had equipment stenciled for the 232d and even a few old "slushamatic" shop vans in the motor pool.

A Company ran the operations at Bien Hoa army and a commcenter at the ARVN III Corps HQ. We also had a RTT site there. The other companies were mostly co-located with ARVN division HQs or occasionally with U.S. units. Other locations included Dian, and Xuan Loc. We also had a support relationship with Co. A, 5th SFG. A look at a map and I could pinpoint other places. After the first year I often was "selected" to courier classified material to the other sites and in support of RTT and others who were in the woods with the ARVN.

When I arrived the battalion commander was a major (Pridemore?) and the logistics situation a joke. We had stuff we weren't authorized and didn't have stuff that we needed. There was a major investigation regarding missing property (much of it "lost" during the transfer from the 232d to the 44th). In the end the battalion was broken up and the HQ moved to Long Binh. Co A at Bien Hoa became A44 of the 36th Sig. Bn. (A44/36). The 36th headquarters remained at Long Binh. Each of the other companies made the same change, e.g. B44/36th. I DEROS'd in July 1969 after 27 months in the unit and the designation was the same. I still have PCS orders dated 1969 with the unit designated as A44/36th.

In some ways the 36th was a much more stable organization  but A Co. went through many commanders, with a successful one lasting maybe six months. Some didn't last a month. Some of that had to do with the fall out of the 232d/44th investigation, some had to do with some real bad treatment of the troops. Other times is was the 36th trying to conform deployed units to a Long Binh model. It just didn't work but it took the 36th HQ some time before that was figured out.

When I departed in June/July 1969 the A Co. commander was a senior 1LT who had been XO. The CO said I looked fine but before I got on the DEROS bird I had three haircuts - one at the 36th HQ and two at the replacement camp. Long Binh seems to have been a very different world

Mike Hauser I was there from Jan 1970 - Dec 1970... Pictures

war is hell.jpg (70832 bytes) This was probably staged but it does show the difference in equipment. Can't remember the nomenclature and our appreciation for Playboy.

trench digging.jpg (108616 bytes) This shot looks what I think is South towards the infamous LBJ jail. The jail couldnít have been more than 200 yards away. We could hear some interesting stuff at night. The MARS station was to the left in the same compound. No internet then obviously. The old site was towards the back. The new site is what we are trenching to towards the foreground.

towers.jpg (86123 bytes) 

This was the old site. The old tower is in back the new one in front going up.

  towers 2.jpg (119697 bytes) The old tower looking up

Sgt Lang.jpg (40450 bytes) Sgt .Lang partying with the troops. See the Ltís comments.

running cable.jpg (89808 bytes) These were the new commo vans. We were building the building around them. I think we had something like 8 L.O.S. shots.

radio shack.jpg (95964 bytes) This was the old station. These were ANTRC 29ís I believe.  Look at the difference in clutter compared with the vans. Thatís our dog on the floor.

party cups.jpg (47987 bytes) I think all the group partying photos were a group celebration for everyone that had just become fathers. Iím no exception.

mr commo.jpg (80466 bytes) Probably a real photo of working the shots. Must have been very early in 1970.

latrines.jpg (54989 bytes) Iím trying to place you with me by placing the hooch and with shoots of all the people you would have seen. USARVHQ is in the background.

hooch time.jpg (75450 bytes) Lots of time to kill.  I noticed in this photo the bunker had not had a layer of cement applied to it. A Papa san job. This is the bunker that the claymore was found on pointing toward the first room in the hooch photo foreground.

hooch 2.jpg (63262 bytes) This shot looks toward the Company HQ and mess hall. I think the building on the left was the area armory.  You can see we were 6 hooches from the mess hall and maybe three up from the latrines.

construction.jpg (82401 bytes) Building the building. Someone knew someone with a 5 ton as I mentioned. Couldnít figure out how you could be ordered to build something and expected to scrounge for the materials? The tower background left was a perimeter guard building so we must have been close to the facility perimeter. Facing towards Bien Hoa I think.

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More of the Baby party. Sgt Bifolchi and friends. The more I looked at these photos the more I realized I could remember where these people came from almost every time but not their names.

 L to Right Cleveland, Illinois, Minnesota I do believe.

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The Platoon dog. Donít remember too much about the guy but know he drove water truck.

If anyone gets interested I do have more photos. Let me know. 

Mike Hauser

My name is Tony Camarda. I served with the 44th at Long Binh from 8/1967 to 1/1969 as a 72B40. I was in Area Company. My job was in the M&R van of the Comm. Center by the gate of LB Post. CW4 Harbough was the OIC on the day shift there. SFC White and SSG Hurd were there also. I was a SGT and lived in the first hootch in Area Co. I don't remember too many other guys names (it's been 36 years) but a lot of faces I do recall. 

Area Company DEROS day at Cam Rahn Bay for me Jan 69.

Inside the M&R van at the Comm. Center

Party time at the Comm. Center

 

Peter Zidek  Mike, Came across your web page. I served with the 44th B company in the MSQ-73 van at the comm center 67/68.  

 

Pictures from Bob Dalen

I went to Viet Nam in Sept 1966 and was still 17 years old, and was originally assigned to Phu Lam Viet Nam, but when it was discovered that I was not 18 yet and would not be till Sept 27th,  I went to Regional Comm Grp, and was assigned to the Comm Center and was placed under the watchful eyes of LTC Ziegler in Operations at  RCG.

I stayed at Regional Comm group, for 1 1/2 years and returned to the states and went to Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio Tx, where I worked in the Supply room. I re-enlisted to go back to Nam and was assigned to 44th Sig Bn 160th Sig Gp, 1st Sig Bde. at Long Binh, I worked there in the Comm Center (two mobile comm centers joined in the middle with a wood deck and roof combination.  I stayed there from 1968 to 1969 and was reassigned to Ft Hood Texas and was assigned to a radio company in a Tank Battalion, After a month of that, I received orders to Ft Wolters Tx. and was assigned to the Comm Center on post.  It was all civilians though and it was not long before I was assigned to Taipei Taiwan and went to work for the Taiwan Defense Command (MAAC),

I married in Taiwan and was sent to Ft Riley KS. due to my security clearance and the fact that I married a local national.  (That sucked)

From an armor div in Ft Riley KS. to the Finance center in Ft Ben Harrison, Indiana

Got out on the "Project Transition Program" and became a truck driver for 15 years and now I am a Dispatcher for a trucking company in Indianapolis
 

Vinnie Gough SSG crypto repair, Co C 44th Sig, 1965-Nov 1969

My name is Randy Helmer. I am from Nebraska. I arrived in Vietnam in July 1968. I think I burned shit for the first four days in country when I was at the 90th replacement. I did end up at (Area Company) 44th signal bn. as a 72B20 comm center specialist. I worked in the comm center located next to the gate. The vans that were hooked together. I think I worked for Sgt White in the terminal section when I got there. After he left I worked for Sgt Dwyer. After he left I was in charge of the terminal section. I remember many of the guys I was with. Jerome Disisco,Sgt Knox, Cooley,Warrent officer Jennings,Sgt Hurd,Sgt Fisher, Sgt Greis, Masten, Henndrix, Harriston, Dugan,
Flores, Pineapple the 1st sgt, Gorman, Thomas, Mitchell, Pixley, Barbee, Barnes, Carr, Sgt Gries, and Billy Gassaway the man that never let anyone forget he was from Texas. I extended to get my early out. I left Vietnam Sept 17th 1969. I would really enjoy hearing from some of the guys I served with. I must say that these guys were some of the greatest people I have ever met.

Ralph Straight

Mike,
 
I've been thinking a lot lately about Vietnam.  Even dreamed about it a couple of nights ago. guess thats why I started looking on line for memories.  Lost my pictures in the big  divorce. Most of my time in Vietnam is a blur.
 
My MOSes were 31M20, 40, and 50 ( Radio Relay and Carrier), but most of my time was in BatCon (Batalion Control) trying to talk field operators through getting their radios (A/N Trac 24 & A/N Grc 50) back on the air without having to get on a Huey and go to their hill and fix it myself. I hung quite a few antennas on the "aiming stake/tower" an Bien Hoa.
 
I arrived in-country December 29th 1966. We landed, in a Brantiff Airliner, at Tan San Nhut Air Base and were trucked to a replacement camp. I don't remember where the replacement camp was but it was about a 30 minute ride from the air base. We pulled KP, Guard Duty and burned s*it for about two weeks and then another truck ride to Bien Hoa Air Base. I thinkwe were at Bien Hoa for about 6 months then our whole company moved to Long Bien. I was a Long Bien until December 22nd 1967.
 
Enough rambling. I retired in 2001 after 34 years with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff. I now am free to persue my other career. http://stra8up.com
 
Ralph
Straightup Blues Band
I was in C Company of the 44th in 1968...Jan to Oct 31st...but attached with the 11th Cav Reg near Xuan Loc. Maybe you were there too.  I was the training NCO for the company and most called me B-More. Sgt Grey, Johnston, Otto Norbert Werner and myself were returning to Blackhorse from Xuan Loc Oct 31st 1968 and our jeep was struck by a RPG...or a land mine I never did really know what happened. Sgt Werner died at the spot and I was taken to Xuan Loc then back to Blackhorse on to Vung Tau, then Japan and finally to a hospital in Washington close to Fort Lewis, Madigen General Hospital. I can only remember one name from the unit and this was Terry Sheilds and I am not really too sure of that.Maybe to the cCO Lt. Fleming. Only I remember that he had a good camera Nikon F and many good telephoto lens and took some really good photos. I am attaching 2 photos that I have on my computer of Blackhorse and hope that you do not think that this is spam or some bad shit.
I have been living here in Brazil for the last 10 years now.
 

                   

Blackhorse Base Camp Hill 837                              Viet Nam 1968

 

Hope to hear something back,
 
Marion . Baremore
Sgt. Baremore E-5

Dale Grupe

I enjoy your web pages on Viet Nam.  Due to 2 computer crashes, I need to reconstruct the assignments I had at Long Binh.  I left near the end of 1967, and was lucky enough to miss the Tet offensive.  I need to dig out my records to be sure I have every thing right, but this is what I remember about my assignments (I have seen questions pertaining to some of this. I hope to eventually offer some clarification):  I was first assigned to C Company at Camp Gerry.  It seems it was then the 69th Signal Battalion.  It was a radio company, and I had a 36H20 MOS, dial central office telephone repair. Next door to C Company, was a telephone detachment from Saigon, I think it might have been the 593rd Telephone Company.  I was attached to that detachment, as only the Army could do.  It seems to me the 69th became the 44th Signal Battalion, and the company became the 580th Telephone Operations Company.
 
I have much to share, once I get it organized.  I am finally retiring after 44 years at a local phone company, and should soon have a little free time to make up a presentation.  I took a lot of slides of Long Binh, and have started scanning them into digital format.
 
Thanks,
 
Dale Grupe

John Feltz

I was in the 44th while in VN, Feb 67 Feb 68. Lots of interesting photos and you might find most interesting a long tape of the battle of Dak Son while I was at Song Be on Dec. 5, 67. I was a 05B20 RTTY crypto intelligence operator. First assigned to Lam Son, the 5th ARVN HQ, then for the most part at Song Be.  Let me know your wishes.  I will get several items for you in a couple of days. It has been very busy here. FYI, Please go to site QRZ.COM.  Where there, type in my amateur radio call sign, (W9JN) in the upper left corner of the page. You will see a short page of my life along with other news. Off to play a music job at a rodeo in northern Wisconsin now. Iím in a country band. We are called Red Higgins and Yankee Train, new, classic and original music. Iím the pots and pans guy!

Thanks, John Feltz

Glen Weir

My name is Glen Weir

I was in C company from 19/feb/68 - ??/mar/69

I have some photo s if you want I will try to post them.

Glen
 

Mike Gibson

Hi,
My name is Mike Gibson, I was stationed at Sullivan Barracks near Mannheim, Germany from 1995 - 1998 as a part of A co 44th sig Bn..
 
I know its not the Viet Nam era that you were looking for but I thought it was pretty cool to see the 44th back then so maybe you would think it was cool to hear from someone more recent :)
 My MOS was 31F, which is Electronic Switching system operator/ maintainer.  The 44th was responsible for the comms at the Tazar Main airbase during Operation Joint Endeavor, Tazar was the primary transition point and rail head for troops heading into and out of Bosnia proper. We had a 'big' switch, a 39D van that could handle 400 wireline subscribers directly and a collection of small switched and LTUs.
 
Anyways, the battalion shield was the same for me, but we were part of the 7th Signal Brigade. Last I heard, the 44th was deployed to
Iraq, providing comms for part of the green zone and some company headquarters for infantry units in outlying areas.
 
44th Signal Battalion... Outstanding..
 
-Mike


Tommy A. Odiorne

I arrived in Long in 1971, with the AREA COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY which ran Russell Major Relay at the time. I was wondering if Russell
existed in your time with the 44th. There was also a COMMAND COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY which ran the USARV TCC, which I was assigned to once Russell closed, we moved some of our circuits up there on the hill. Did Russell Major Relay exist back in 68/69 time frame or was it
your communications vans that were destined to become Russell Major Relay?
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I have no pictures from that time, but my info would be Name Tommy A. Odiorne, better known as O.D. e-mail odiorneta@charter.net, assigned to
ACC LBN 1st Signal Bde, Area Communications Company and worked in Russell Major Relay Long Binh from 03-71 till it closed around 01-72.
01-72 assigned to CCC LBN, 1st Signal Bde till 11-72 and worked in the USARV Telecommunications Center on the hill. 11-72 assigned to
USASTRATCOM-SEA till 03-73 and worked in the MACV Telecommunications Center.

Donald Lau

Orignally with  Hdqtrs Company of 69th Signal Batt in Tan Son Nhut in April 1967 and in September of 1967 was reassigned to Long Binh 44th Signal C Company along with Jeffery Pfiefer to future USARV Comm Center in Long Binh to be part of maintenance section for Teletype repair shop in the USARV Comm Center which start out
with two Communication Vans attached to each other and we remain that way until the comm. center building was completed.  Experienced the Tet Offensive 1968 and left Viet Nam ETS February 1969. Served with  S/Sgt Rose, Spec 5 Gonohata, Sgt Casey, Spec. Trower, and Spec Glen Weir.

George Martinez

This is radio company at Long Binh. At the end of the street was cryto headquarters and to the left was the GI's night club. Did you know Hauser because he was there when I first arrived. The lights were placed on the radio tower during Christmas. Hope someone sees these photos and recognizes them. If I was given a chance to go back and visit I would in a heart beat.

 

 

 

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1st Signal Brigade

In the beginning...

      The 1st Signal Brigade was activated on April 1, 1966, in the Republic of Vietnam.

      Its mission was one of the most complicated ever given to any signal unit in the history of warfare: to originate, install, operate, and maintain an incredible, complex communication system that fused tactical and strategic communications in Southeast Asia into a single, unified command.

      The creation of the brigade brought together three signal groups already in Southeast Asia along with other units into a single unified command, except those organic to field forces and divisions.

      The mission in Southeast Asia meant providing communications to forces scattered over more than 60,000 square miles of torrid jungle, mountain ranges and coastal lowland - much of which was under-populated and enemy-infested.

      One of the innovations that circumvented the difficult terrain and enemy situation was the introduction of an extensive, tropospheric scatter radio relay system, which provides numerous communications channels over distances of several hundred miles between sites.

      Other firsts include, first use of satellite communications in a combat zone and first use of automatic, digital message and data switches.

      At its peak, the brigade had more than 21,000 soldiers, with six signal groups, 22 signal battalions, and a large number of specialized communications agencies. This made it, at that time, the largest single brigade in the U.S. Army.

      The stand-down of 1st Signal Brigade was almost as significant as its buildup. Caught by the U.S. reduction-in-forces that affected our pullout from Southeast Asia, 1st Signal Brigade reduced its strength from 21,000 in 1968 to less than 1,300 by November 1972.

      The departure of American forces from the Republic of Vietnam was accompanied by a decline in communications facilities needed to support them.

      Whole signal sites, from delicate communications gear to the buildings that housed them, had to be dismantled, packed and shipped to destinations around the world.

      More than $50 million worth of communications equipment and facilities were recovered between 1970 and 1972.

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From a satellite in orbit 18,200 miles above the Pacific Ocean to a courier on a dusty Vietnamese road, the 1st Signal Brigade passes the word into, out of and within Southeast Asia.

With more than 20,000 men scattered among more than 200 sites in Vietnam and Thailand, the brigade is the largest combat signal unit ever formed and controls the most comprehensive military communications-electronics systems in the history of warfare. Its mission is very simply put: communication.

Since its organization on April 1, 1966, the brigade has fulfilled this mission by planning, engineering, installing, operating and maintaining both the Southeast Asian portion of the Army's worldwide strategic communications system and extensive area communications systems in Vietnam and Thailand.

All communications entering or leaving Vietnam must pass through facilities operated by the brigade, which consists of six subordinate signal groups, five in Vietnam and one in Thailand. In the more than three years of its existence the 1st Signal team has provided communications of a scope never before achieved in a combat zone. The primary mission is to "keep the shooters talking" but as the last sentence of every signal unit mission outlines, the communicator will "perform as infantry" when required. This he has done admirably.

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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Description

On a shield 2 1/4-inches in width overall, divided into three vertical stripes orange, blue and orange, the blue center stripe, 1 inch in width and surmounted by an unsheathed sword, point to top, the hilt is yellow and the blade consists of a white, three-jagged bolt of lighting, all within a yellow 1/8-inch border.

Symbolism

      The orange field of the shield and the yellow border were suggested by the authorized shoulder sleeve insignia of the Strategic Communications Command of which 1st Signal Brigade was a part. The lightning bolt, which also appears on the Strategic Communications Command shoulder sleeve insignia, is depicted on the distinctive insignia (badge) of 1st Signal Brigade. In this instance, the lightning bolt, a symbol of communication, has been used as a sword blade and attached to a hilt. The sword, thus refers to both the tactical and strategic mission of the organization. The blue vertical stripe with "sword" (suggested by the authorized shoulder sleeve insignia for the United States Army, Vietnam) alludes to the unit's numerical designation.

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

Vietnam
Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase II
Counteroffensive, Phase III
Tet Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase IV
Counteroffensive, Phase V
Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Tet 69/Counteroffensive
Summer/Fall 1969
Winter/Spring 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Consolidation I
Consolidation II
Cease-fire

DECORATIONS

Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered Vietnam 1966 - 1967

Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered Vietnam 1967 - 1969

Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered Vietnam 1970 - 1972

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44th Signal Battalion

Lineage and Honors Information as of 15 June 1998

44th Signal Battalion Lineage

Constituted 3 February 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 44th Signal Construction Battalion

Redesignated 14 April 1944 as the 44th Signal Light Construction Battalion and activated at Camp Forrest, Tennessee

Reorganized and redesignated 26 June 1944 as the 44th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion

Inactivated 6 April 1946 in Japan

Redesignated 1 August 1966 as the 44th Signal Battalion, allotted to the Regular Army, and activated in Vietnam

Inactivated 1 March 1970 in Vietnam

Activated 17 March 1972 in Vietnam

Inactivated 3 June 1972 at Oakland, California

Activated 16 March 1981 in Germany

44th Signal Battalion Honors

Campaign Participation Credit

World War II: Rhineland; Central Europe; Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Streamer without inscription

Vietnam: Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Consolidation II; Cease-Fire

Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Cease-Fire

Decorations

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1967-1968

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1968-1969

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for SOUTHWEST ASIA

Company C additionally entitled to:

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1966-1967

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Date last updated: 12/13/2009