Unit Details

 89th Medium Tank Bn

     

89th Medium Tank Bn


Headquarters Company

CO 

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  Welborn G. ("Tom") Dolvin      
             

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S-1 Personnel

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S-3 Plan sand Operations

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A Company

Able Company

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MSgt Bryant E. W. Shrader      
             

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2nd Platoon

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B Company

B Company

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1st Platoon

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3rd Platoon

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C Company

C Company

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1st Platoon

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D Light Tank Company

D Company

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2nd Platoon

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4th Platoon

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Medical Detachment

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Service Company

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Unit Info

 

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Unit Insignia
Unit Designation
Motto
First Assigned to Unit History
89th Tank 89th Tank Battalion
“Thrust”
14 November 1951 Constituted on 15 July 1940 as the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment. Assigned to the 1st Armored Division and activated at Fort Knox, Kentucky on 31 July 1940. Inactivated 10 January 1942. Reassigned to the 6th Armored Division and reactivated on 15 February 1942 at Fort Knox. On 20 September 1943 the 69th Armored Regiment was broken up with the 3rd Battalion being redesignated as the 708th Tank Battalion. On 27 October 1943 it was reorganized and redesignated as the 708th Amphibian Tank Battalion and assigned to the 4th Armored Group, U.S. Army Forces Pacific. The battalion was reorganized in Hawaii as an amphibian tractor battalion. From 1-22 February 1944 the 708th supported operations of the 7th Infantry Division and the 27th Infantry Division in the seizure of the Marshal Islands. Reorganized as an amphibian tank battalion in June 1944, the 708th participated in the invasion of Saipan and Tinian islands in support of the 4th Marine Division. For its gallantry the battalion was awarded the Navy Presidential Unit Citation. From 26 March to 30 June 1945 the battalion supported the 77th Infantry Division and the 6th Marine Division in the invasion of Okinawa receiving a second Navy Presidential Unit Citation. The 708th was inactivated in the Philippines on 25 January 1946.

The battalion was redesignated as the 89th Medium Tank Battalion assigned to the Eighth Army and activated in Korea 7 August 1950. The battalion was equipped with refurbished WW II M4 Sherman tanks Attached to the 25th Division and only fifteen days after activation, the 89th saw it’s first combat defending the Pusan Perimeter near Masan in support of the 27th Infantry. The Sherman’s 76mm gun with its ability to knockout attacking T34 tanks was a significant contributor in turning back the major North Korean attack designed to break through to Pusan.

Company A received a Presidential Unit Citation for its support of the 35th Infantry’s heroic stand at the Nam River on 1-4 September 1950. After the Inchon landings the 89th led one of the 25th Division’s breakout thrusts in late September from the Pusan perimeter to the Korean west coast.

Company D received a Presidential Unit Citation at Kumyangjang-Ni while supporting the Turkish Brigade on 25-27 January 1951. The 89th Tank Battalion also received a Navy Presidential Unit Citation for gallantry at Wonju-Hwachon over several periods in 1951 and a Navy Unit Commendation for operations in the Panmunjom area in 1952-53. After being attached to the Tropic Lightning since August 1950, the 89th Tank Battalion was officially assigned to the 25th Division on 14 November 1951. In addition to its awards the 89th received campaign participation credit for all ten of the Korean campaigns. The 89th Tank Battalion was inactivated on 1 February 1957 at Schofield Barracks and was concurrently consolidated with the 69th Armor Regiment.