4th Signal Batallion

 

  

 

4th SIGNAL BATTALION
HERALDIC ITEMS
COAT OF ARMS


Shield: Argent, issuant from base four mountains tenné, and spanning
each peak a lightning fl ash gules. In chief a bear’s head erased
sable.


Crest: None approved.


Motto: WE GET THE MESSAGE THROUGH.


Symbolism: Orange and white are the colors traditionally associated with the Signal Corps. The functions of the organization are implied by
the four mountains representative of California, the state of the
unit’s original activation, and connected by the signal or lightning
fl ashes, implying immediate contact. The bear’s head, which further
refers to the grizzly of California, symbolizes a policy equal
to the great strength of the bear and also was employed in ancient
times as an emblem of ferocity in the protection of kindred.


DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA


The distinctive unit insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms.


LINEAGE AND HONORS
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LINEAGE (USMA)


Constituted 27 August 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 4th Signal Battalion.
Activated 5 September 1942 at Camp Young, California.

Redesignated 1 December 1942 as the 4th Armored Signal Battalion.

Reorganized and redesignated 20 June 1944 as the 4th Signal Battalion.

 Inactivated 29 September 1945 in Germany.


Activated 15 January 1946 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Reorganized and redesignated 27 September 1949 as the 4th Signal Battalion, Corps.

Allotted 25 October 1951 to the Regular Army.

Reorganized and redesignated 13 December 1954 as the 4th Signal Battalion.

Inactivated 27 April 1956 in Japan.

Activated 25 April 1960 in Korea.

Inactivated 1 January 1966 in Korea.


Activated 1 May 1966 at West Point, New York.

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT


World War II


Rhineland


Central Europe


DECORATIONS
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered EUROPEAN
THEATER (4th Signal Battalion cited; GO 38, XIII Corps, 31 May 1945)


Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered KOREA
1950–1951 (4th Signal Battalion, Corps, cited; DA GO 38, 1952)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered KOREA
1951–1952 (4th Signal Battalion, Corps, cited; DA GO 53, 1952)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered KOREA
1952–1953 (4th Signal Battalion, Corps, cited; DA GO 55, 1953)
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered INCHON–HUNGNAM (4th Signal Battalion cited; DA GO 8, 1952)
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered

 KOREA


1951–1954 (4th Signal Battalion, Corps, cited; DA GO 82, 1954)


4th SIGNAL BATTALION BIBLIOGRAPHY
Appleman, Roy E. South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu: June–November 1950. United States Army in the Korean War. Washington, D.C.: Offi ce of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, 1961.


Company C, 4th Signal Battalion, European Theater of Operations. Hanover, Germany: Gerbruder Janecke, 1945.
Nall, Thomas, ed.

History of the Fourth Signal Battalion. Bad Wildungen, Germany,
1945.

“One if by Land,” A Pictorial Story of the 4th Signal Battalion in Korea. Tokyo: Hosokawa Printing Company, 1952.


Rios, Carol E. “Those Crazy Signal Joes.” Army Communicator 12 (Winter 1987): 42–43. Title refers to nickname applied to battalion members during Korean War.


Westover, John G. Combat Support in Korea. Washington, D.C.: Combat Forces Press, 1955.