3-509th INFANTRY REGIMENT

Constituted 14 March 1941 in the Army of the United States as Company C, 504th Parachute Battalion

Activated 5 October 1941 at Fort Benning, Georgia

Reorganized and redesignated 24 February 1942 as Company F, 503d Parachute Infantry

Reorganized and redesignated 2 November 1942 as Company F, 509th Parachute Infantry

Reorganized and redesignated 10 December 1943 as Company C, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion

Disbanded 1 March 1945 in France

Reconstituted 12 May 1947 in the Regular Army as Company C, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion

Redesignated 1 April 1963 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 509th Infantry

(Organic elements constituted 15 January 1972)

Battalion activated 15 January 1973 in Germany

Inactivated 31 August 1973 in Italy

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 509th Infantry, redesignated 1 July 1975 as Company C, 509th Infantry, and activated at Fort Rucker, Alabama

Transferred 2 October 1988 to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and reorganized at Fort Rucker, Alabama

Inactivated 31 May 1993 at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and withdrawn from the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

Redesignated 10 September 2004 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 509th Infantry

Battalion assigned 16 September 2005 to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Richardson, Alaska

Redesignated 1 October 2005 as 3d Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment

 

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

World War II
Algeria-French Morocco (with arrowhead)
Tunisia (with arrowhead)
Naples-Foggia (with arrowhead)
Anzio (with arrowhead)
Rome-Arno
Southern France (with arrowhead)
Rhineland
Ardennes-Alsace

War on Terrorism
Campaigns to be determined

DECORATIONS

Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered LIEGE, BELGIUM
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered CARANO, ITALY
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered CARANO, ITALY – MARCH 1944
Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ
Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered BABIL PROVINCE, IRAQ
French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, World War II, Streamer embroidered MUY EN PROVENCE
Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes
Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at St. Vith
Personnel authorized to wear the insignia of the French 3d Zouaves Regiment

Company D additionally entitled to:
Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2007

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY:
JEFFREY J. CLARKE
Chief of Military History

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SOURCE: U.S. Army Center of Military History: Lineage and Honors Information
30 June 2010

  • Campaigns of WWII

    Algeria-French Morocco  
    Tunisia 
    Naples-Foggia 
    Anzio 
    Rome-Arno
    Southern France 
    Rhineland
    Ardennes-Alsace
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    = Campaign Arrowheads
  • Lineage of the 509th