|71st Air Defense Artillery Regiment|
Coat of arms
|Branch||United States Army|
|Type||Air defense artillery|
Unidique Venimus :|
We Come From All Parts
BL 8-inch howitzer Mk VI – VIII|
37mm Gun M1
120 mm M1 gun
M55 .50-caliber machine gun:
Colonel Frank S. Long|
Edward W. Timberlake
|Distinctive unit insignia|
The 71st Air Defense Artillery was a regiment in the United States Army.
Lineage/history[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
Constituted 2 May 1918 in the Regular Army as the 71st Artillery, United States Army Coast Artillery Corps.
Organized 12 May 1918 in the Coast Defenses of Boston (MA) with Headquarters at Fort Strong, Massachusetts.
The regiment sailed via Halifax, Nova Scotia to England then crossed the English Channel to Le Havre, France then on to an Organization and Training Center in the vicinity of Angers, France in 1918 when the Armistice with Germany ending World War I was signed.
Returned to the continental US and demobilized 6 March 1919 at Camp Devens, Massachusetts (now Fort Devens).
World War II[edit | edit source]
The 71st Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps, reconstituted and consolidated with the 71st Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) Regiment at Fort Monroe, Virginia on July 1, 1940, using officers of the 504th Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft) Regiment, Organized Reserve, a 65-man cadre from the 52nd Coast Artillery in Harbor Defense Sandy Hook, and a similar group from 70th Coast Artillery (Anti Aircraft) Regiment at Fort Moultrie and Fort Screven (see Tybee Island, Georgia).
The 1st Battalion activated on July 31, 1940 and the 2nd Battalion on Jan. 3, 1941 at Fort Story, Virginia (now Joint Expeditionary Base East).
Regiment moved to anti-aircraft positions in the vicinity of Norfolk, VA, December 8, 1941 to January 7, 1942, when the regiment moved to the Washington, D.C., area, to establish anti-aircraft defenses. The 3rd Bn was activated June 15, 1942.
The regiment remained posted at Washington until inactivated September 1, 1943. Its elements reorganized and redesignated as follows: Headquarters Battery, 71st Antiaircraft Artillery Group; 1st Battalion as the 71st Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion; 3rd Battalion as the 241st Antiaircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion.
Cold War[edit | edit source]
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 71st Antiaircraft Artillery Group, inactivated 25 March 1946 at Munich, Germany.
Redesignated 15 September 1949 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 71st Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion.
Activated 30 September 1949 at Fort Bliss, Texas, with organic batteries of the former 71st Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion.
Redesignated 22 July 1953 as the 71st Antiaircraft Artillery Missile Battalion.
Inactivated 1 September 1958 in the Washington (DC)-Baltimore (MD) Defense Area.
Reorganized and redesignated 28 August 1958 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2d Missile Battalion, 71st Artillery (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated).
Moved by train and ship from Ft. Bliss, TX to Taiwan and activated as an operational Nike-Hercules battalion October 26, 1958.
Battalion inactivated 15 August 1959 in Taiwan.
The 2nd Battalion (HAWK), 71st Artillery was activated 1 March 1960 at Fort Bliss, Texas then deployed overseas to Korea in the fall of the same year.
Redesignated 1 Sept 1971 as the 2nd Battalion, 71st Air Defense Artillery.
Inactivated 20 July 1982 in Korea.
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]
Battery D, 71st Artillery (.50-caliber Machinegun) 29 September 1966 to 25 June 1971
"Battery D of the 71st Artillery was a quad mounted M55 .50-caliber machinegun battery stationed on its first tour in Vietnam at Long Binh with the 5th Battalion, 2nd Artillery and later II Field Force, Vietnam. On its second tour in Vietnam the battery was attached to XXIV Corps stationed at Da Nang." 6th Battalion, 71st Artillery (HAWK Missile) 29 September 1965 to 22 September 1968
"The 6th Battalion of the 71st Artillery was a mobile HAWK missile battalion located first at Qui Nhon. In 1966, as part of the 97th Artillery Group, the battalion was relocated to Cam Ranh Bay, where it remained until departing Vietnam."
Organic elements[edit | edit source]
- 1st Battalion, 71st Artillery
- 2nd Missile Battalion, 71st Artillery (Taiwan)
- 2nd Battalion, 71st Air Defense Artillery (South Korea)
- 3rd Battalion, 71st Artillery
- 6th Battalion, 71st Artillery
- Battery D, 71st Artillery
Distinctive unit insignia[edit | edit source]
A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall blazoned as follows: Gules, five high explosive projectiles palewise in chevron surmounted by three chevronels Or. Attached below and to the sides of the insignia a Gold scroll inscribed “UNDIQUE VENIMUS” in Black letters.
Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery. The three chevronels from the coat of arms of John Winthrop, the founder of the Boston Colony, alludes to Boston, the area in which the unit was originally constituted and organized in 1918. The five projectiles are symbolic of the unit’s five battle honors awarded for service in World War II. They also commemorate the mission of the unit to attack and destroy enemy aircraft. The motto translates to “We Come From All Parts".
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 71st Artillery Regiment on 21 May 1959. It was redesignated for the 71st Air Defense Artillery Regiment effective 1 September 1971.
Coat of arms[edit | edit source]
- Shield- Gules, five high explosive projectiles palewise in chevron surmounted by three chevronels Or.
- Crest- On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules a fixed searchlight Sable, glass Or charged with a fleur-de-lis Gules.
- Motto- UNIDIQUE VENIMUS (We Come From All Parts).
- Shield- Scarlet and yellow are the colors used for Artillery. The three chevronels from the coat of arms of John Winthrop, the founder of the Boston Colony, alludes to Boston, the area in which the unit was originally constituted and organized in 1918. The five projectiles are symbolic of the unit’s five battle honors awarded for service in World War II. They also commemorate the mission of the unit to attack and destroy enemy aircraft.
- Crest- The fixed searchlight used in seacoast defense refers to the former mission of the Regiment as Coast Artillery. The fleur-de-lis is for service in World War I.
- Background- The coat of arms was originally approved for the 71st Artillery Regiment on 21 May 1959. It was redesignated for the 71st Air Defense Artillery Regiment effective 1 September 1971.
Campaign streamers[edit | edit source]
Decorations[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Coats of arms of U.S. Air Defense Artillery Regiments
- Air Defense Artillery Branch
- 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade (United States)
- U.S. Army Combat Arms Regimental System
- United States Army air defense
References[edit | edit source]
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- Gaines, William C. (May 2009). "Coast Artillery Organizational History, 1917-1950". The Coast Defense Journal. p. 43. http://www.cdsg.org/reprint%20PDFs/CACreg2.pdf. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- Rinaldi, Richard (2004). The US Army In World War I: Orders Of Battle. Tiger Lily Publications LLC. p. 164. http://books.google.com/books?id=vsoh_fBkAtwC&pg=PA164&lpg=PA164#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- Holmes, James G. (1 December 1946). "Activities of the 71st AAA Brigade". Coast Artillery Journal. The Coast Artillery Journal. http://www.airdefenseartillery.com/online/2010/Coast%20Artillery%20Journal/Extract/CA%201946/Nov-Dec%201946.pdf. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- "US Army AAA Gun Site Program 1951-59". Baltimore - Ed Thelen's Nike Missile Web Site. http://ed-thelen.org/gunsitesusa.html. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- "Newsletter". 2 July 2003. p. 6. http://www.2-71adataiwan.com/NewsLtrs/Newsletter_2003_V2.pdf. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
- "2nd Missile Battalion, 71st Artillery (Taiwan)". 2nd Missile Battalion, 71st Artillery (Taiwan) Association, Inc.. http://www.2-71adataiwan.com/. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Battalion History". Military.com. http://www.military.com/HomePage/UnitPageHistory/1,13506,703707%7C771807,00.html. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- McKenney, Janice E. (1985). Air Defense Artillery. Army Lineage Series. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, U.S. Army. p. 377. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002180746.
- "Force Planning and Budgetary Implications of U.S. Withdrawal from Korea". Congressional Budget Office. May 1978. http://www.cbo.gov/publication/17289. Retrieved 30 April 2013. Provides information presented to Congress by the CBO on a withdrawal from Korea.
- "M-51 and M-45/M-55 Quadruple .50-caliber Machine Guns". Olive-Drab.com. http://olive-drab.com/od_other_firearms_mg_m2_quad50.php. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Stanton, Shelby L. (1 October 2003). Vietnam Order of Battle. Stackpole Books. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-8117-0071-9. http://books.google.com/books?id=aUg2zQ9JpHQC&pg=PA106. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Vietnam Order of Battle". http://books.google.com/. p. 106. http://books.google.com/books?id=aUg2zQ9JpHQC&lpg=PA106&ots=jLP-ykdqcy&dq=The%206th%20Battalion%20of%20the%2071st%20Artillery%20was%20a%20mobile%20HAWK%20missile%20battalion%20located&pg=PA106#v=onepage&q=The%206th%20Battalion%20of%20the%2071st%20Artillery%20was%20a%20mobile%20HAWK%20missile%20battalion%20located&f=false. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "Charlie Battery 3rd Missile Battalion 71st Artillery". http://www.charlie3rd71st.com/site_news/page_1.html. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
[edit | edit source]
- The Coast Defense Study Group, Inc.
- ADA Units in Vietnam
- A Beginner's Guide to the Skylighters, WW II Antiaircraft Artillery, Searchlights, and Radar
- War Diary, 71st AAA Group, 1 July 1940 - May 1944
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