2nd Battalion 509th Infantry


LINEAGE

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

Activated 5 October 1941 at Fort Benning, Georgia

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

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

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

Disbanded 1 March 1945 in France

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

Redesignated 27 March 1963 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 509th Infantry, and assigned to the 8th Infantry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted)

Battalion activated 1 April 1963 in Germany

Relieved 1 September 1973 from assignment to the 8th Infantry Division

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

DECORATIONS

     *Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered CARANO, ITALY

     *Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered LIEGE, BELGIUM

     *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

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY:



William A. Stofft

Brigadier General, USA

Chief of Military History