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49th Armored Division
49th US Armored Division SSI.svg
Active 1947 – 1 May 2004
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Army
Type Division
Role Armored warfare
Part of Texas Army National Guard
Garrison/HQ Camp Mabry
Nickname(s) Lone Star
Clayton P. Kerr

The 49th Armored Division —nicknamed the Lone Star— was one of two armored divisions of the United States Army National Guard, redesignated from the 36th Infantry Division (the "T-Patchers") after World War II, and organized and federally recognized on 24 February 1947.

History[edit | edit source]

The 49th was ordered to active federal service in October 1961 at Dallas and reverted to state control in August 1962. The 49th was deactivated in 1968 and re-organized into three separate brigades, the 36th, 71st and 72nd. The division was reactivated on 1 November 1973, with its headquarters at Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.

On 18 July 2004 the division was re-flagged and again designated as the 36th Infantry Division. Prior to its redesignation, the 49th was capstoned to the U.S. Army III Corps and stood as the only fully functional, reserve component, armored division in the United States Army. (The 50th Armored Division in the north eastern states had been eliminated by consolidation with the 42nd Infantry Division in the early 1990s.)

Commanders[edit | edit source]

U.S. Armored Divisions
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48th Armored Division (Inactive) 50th Armored Division (Inactive)
Start Date End Date Commander
1946-07-02 1947-06-05 MG Richard B. Dunbar
1947-06-06 1958-10-31 MG Albert S. Johnson
1958-11-01 1959-10-13 MG Clayton P. Kerr
1959-10-14 1961-06-30 MG John L. Thompson Jr.
1961-07-01 1964-03-31 MG Harley B. West
1964-04-01 1967-05-31 MG Luther E. Orrick
1967-06-01 1968-01-14 MG James D. Scott
1973-11-01 1976-10-31 MG James L. Moreland
1976-11-01 1979-11-02 MG Delmer L. Nichols
1979-11-03 1982-10-31 MG John B. Garrett
1982-11-01 1984-11-01 MG Elmer L. Stephens
1984-11-02 1985-02-20 MG James T. Dennis
1985-02-21 1987-11-12 MG James B. McGoodwin
1987-11-13 1989-05-22 MG Charles H. Kone
1989-05-23 1992-08-23 MG Don O. Daniel
1992-08-24 1995-09-25 MG Wm. Edgar Murphy
1995-09-26 1998-09-30 MG Frederico Lopez III
1998-09-30 2002-03-23 MG Robert L. Halverson
2002-03-23 2004-05-01 MG Michael Taylor
  • division deactivated and replaced by the 36th Inf. Div.

Command Sergeants Major[edit | edit source]

  • CSM Wilfred Martin
  • CSM Jim Merritt
  • CSM Mikeal Graham
  • CSM Don Steelhammer
  • CSM Donnie Strickland
  • CSM Bobby Adams
  • CSM Roger Brownlee

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