533d MI Bn

 

 

533d Military Intelligence Battalion

VIGILANCE WITH PRIDE

Brief History

533d MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION

COAT OF ARMS

Shield: Per fess argent and azure two lightning flashes saltirewise counterchanged, in chief two eagles' heads conjoined erased sable and overall in pale a double-warded key, wards to base of the first.

Crest: None approved.

Motto: VIGILANCE WITH PRIDE.

Symbolism: Oriental blue and silver gray (white) are the colors traditionally associated with military intelligence. The crossed lightning flashes connote the battalion's mission as a combat electronic warfare intelligence unit. The key is a symbol of knowledge and security. The double-headed eagle symbolizes watchfulness and vigilance and alludes to the unit's former areas of service, Austria and Germany.

DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA

The distinctive unit insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms.

LINEAGE RA (inactive)

  • Constituted 15 February 1952 in the Regular Army as the 533d Military Intelligence Service Battalion.
  • Activated 1 March 1952 in Austria.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 25 May 1954 as the 533d Military Intelligence Battalion.
  • Inactivated 8 September 1955 in Austria.
  • Redesignated 16 September 1980 as eadquarters, Headquarters and Operations Company, 533d Military Intelligence Battalion, assigned to the 3d Armored Division, and activated in Germany (856th Army Security Agency Company [see ANNEX 1] concurrently reorganized and redesignated as Company A; 503d Military Intelligence Company [see ANNEX 2] consolidated with the 203d Military Intelligence Detachment [see ANNEX 3] and consolidated unit reorganized and redesignated as Company B).
  • Battalion inactivated 15 August 1992 in Germany.

ANNEX 1

  • Constituted 4 September 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 3148th Signal Service Platoon .
  • Activated 25 September 1944 on New Caledonia.
  • Inactivated 30 January 1946 on le Shima.
  • Redesignated 23 August 1948 as the 580th Signal Service Detachment and activated at Fort Greely, Alaska.
  • Inactivated 1 June 1949 at Fort Greely, Alaska.
  • Redesignated 7 June 1954 as the 580th Signal Detachment and allotted to the Regular Army.
  • Converted and redesignated 19 May 1955 as the 856th Communication Reconnaissance Detachment.
  • Activated 25 June 1955 in Japan.
  • Inactivated 15 August 1956 in Japan.
  • Redesignated 6 April 1966 as the 856th Army Security Agency Detachment .
  • Activated 15 June 1966 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • Inactivated 6 March 1971 in Vietnam.
  • Redesignated 1 July 1974 as the 856th Army Security Agency Company and activated in Germany.

ANNEX 2

  • Constituted 14 October 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 479th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment.
  • Activated 23 November 1944 on New Guinea.
  • Disbanded 22 July 1945 in the Philippine Islands.
  • Reconstituted 5 January 1949 in the Regular Army as the 530th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment.
  • Activated 28 January 1949 at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • Inactivated 15 March 1951 at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • Redesignated 17 March 1955 as the 503d Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment.
  • Activated 5 April 1955 at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 25 June 1958 as the 503d Military Intelligence Detachment.
  • Consolidated 21 November 1972 with the 503d Military Intelligence Company (see ANNEX 4) and consolidated unit designated as the 503d Military Intelligence Company

ANNEX 3

  • Constituted 12 July 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 503d Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment.
  • Activated 16 August 1944 in France with personnel from provisional Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment attached to the 3d Armored Division.
  • Inactivated 7 October 1945 in Germany.
  • Activated 21 February 1948 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
  • Allotted 25 June 1952 to the Regular Army.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 15 November 1954 as the 203d Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 25 January 1958 as the 203d Military Intelligence Detachment.
  • Inactivated 5 May 1959 at Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Activated 5 April 1962 at Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Inactivated 20 April 1978 at Fort Hood, Texas.

ANNEX 4

  • Constituted 30 June 1952 in the Regular Army as the 503d Military Intelligence Service Company.
  • Activated 1 September 1952 in Japan.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 28 March 1954 as the 503d Military Intelligence Company
  • Inactivated 24 June 1955 in Japan.
  • Activated 1 June 1962 in Germany.
  • Inactivated 25 September 1965 in Germany.

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

Southwest Asia

  • Defense of Saudi Arabia
  • Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
  • Cease-Fire

Company A additionally entitled to:
World War II-AP

  • Ryukyus

Vietnam

  • Counteroffensive, Phase II
  • Counteroffensive, Phase III
  • Tet Counteroffensive
  • Counteroffensive, Phase IV
  • Counteroffensive, Phase V
  • Counteroffensive, Phase VI
  • Tet 69/Counteroffensive
  • Summer-Fall 1969
  • Winter-Spring 1970
  • Sanctuary Counteroffensive
  • Counteroffensive, Phase VII

Company B additionally entitled to:
World War II-AP

  • New Guinea
  • Luzon

World War II-EAME

  • Normandy
  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe

DECORATIONS

Company A entitled to:

  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered SAIGON-LONG BINH (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 48, 1968)
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1967 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 17, 1968)
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1967-1968 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 29, 1969)
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968-1969 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 51, 1971)
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969-1970 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 43, 1972)
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 43, 1970)
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968-1970 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 51, 1971)
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1970-1971 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 6, 1974)
  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1970 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 51, 1971)
  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1970-1971 (856th Radio Research Detachment cited; DA GO 6, 1974)

Company B entitled to:

  • Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945 (479th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment cited; DA GO 47, 1950)
  • Belgian Fourragere 1940 (503d Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment cited; DA GO 43, 1950)
  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium (503d Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment cited; DA GO 43, 1950)
  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes (503d Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment cited; DA GO 43, 1950)
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