70th Armor Regiment (United States)

70th Armor Regiment (United States)

The 70th Armor is an armored (tank) unit of the United States Army. It was constituted as the 70th Tank Battalion in July 1940, an independent tank battalion intended to provide close support to infantry units. In this role, it saw action in the Mediterranean and European Theater of Operations, making assault landings and fighting with the 9th Infantry Division in North Africa, and with the 1st Infantry Division in Sicily. The battalion supported the 4th Infantry Division on Utah Beach during the D-Day landings in France, and fought with the 4th Infantry Division through the remainder of World War II. The 70th Tank Battalion was one of the first three tank battalions to deploy to Korea in the Korean War, where it saw significant action in, primarily with the 1st Cavalry Division.

The 70th Armor Regiment was designated a parent organization as part of the Combat Arms Regimental System (CARS) in 1963. When CARS was replaced by the U.S. Army Regimental System (USARS) system in 1981, the 70th Armor Regiment continued to carry the colors and honors of the regiment. Although there is no regimental headquarters, battalions of the 70th Armor Regiment have since served in various theaters and campaigns. Units of the battalion participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and have served in Southwest Asia as part of the Global War on Terrorism.

With 13 unit awards and 22 campaign streamers, the 70th Armor Regiment is the most decorated armor unit in the United States Army.

On 9 October 2012, the last active battalion of the 70th Armor Regiment was inactivated. The 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment was inactivated along with its parent headquaters, the 170th Infantry Brigade (Separate) in Baumholder, Germany.

Read more about 70th Armor Regiment (United States):  Organization, Post World War II Duties, Reorganization As 70th Armor Regiment and Cold War Service, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Unit Awards and Decorations

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... Constituted 15 July 1940 in the Regular Army as the 70thTank Battalion and activated at Fort George G ... Meade,Maryland Activated 1 August 1946 at Fort Knox,Kentucky Reorganized and redesignated 14 June 1948 as the 70thMedium Tank Battalion Reorganized and redesignated 31 December 1948 as the 70thHeavy Tank ...

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