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Department of the Army

Lineage and Honors

187th Aviation Company

Blackhawks - Crusaders - Rat Pack

 


Constituted 23 September 1942 in the Army of the United States 
as the 2025th Quartermaster Truck Company, Aviation.

Activated 1 October 1942 at McChord Field, Washington.

Inactivated 15 January 1946 at Itami Airbase, Osaka Japan.

Converted and re-designed 1 August 1946 as the 2025th Transportation Corps Truck Company (Aviation).

Re-designated 18 June 1966 as the 187th Aviation Company and allotted to the Regular Army.

Activated 1 September 1966 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Inactivated 14 February 1972 in Vietnam.

Campaign Participation Credit

World War II - AP

New Guinea

Luzon - Philippines

Vietnam

Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase II 01 Jul 1966 - 31 May 1967
Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase III 01 Jun 1967 - 29 Jan 1968
Tet 68 Counteroffensive 30 Jan 1968 - 01 Apr 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase IV 02 Apr 1068 - 30 Jun 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase V 01 Jul 1968 - 01 Nov 1968
Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase VI 02 Nov 1968 - 22 Feb 1969
Tet 69 Counteroffensive 23 Feb 1969 - 08 Jun 1969
Vietnam Summer - Fall '69 Offensive 09 Jun 1969 - 31 Oct 1969
Vietnam Winter - Spring '70 Offensive 01 Nov 1969 - 22 Feb 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive 01 May 1970 - 30 Jun 1970
Counteroffensive, Phase VII 01 Jul 1970 - 30 Jun 1971
Consolidation I 01 Jul 1971 - 30 Nov 1971
Consolidation II 01 Dec 1971 - 29 Mar 1972

Unit Decorations

Presidential Unit Citation (Army)
Streamer embroidered - TAY NINH PROVINCE

Valorous Unit Award
Streamer embroidered - DEFENSE OF SAIGON

Meritorious Unit Award
Streamer embroidered - VIETNAM 1967

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
Streamer embroidered - VIETNAM 1966-1967

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
Streamer embroidered - VIETNAM 1967-1968

Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
Streamer embroidered - VIETNAM 1971

Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal,
First Class
Streamer embroidered - VIETNAM 1969-1970

Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal,
First Class
Streamer embroidered - VIETNAM 1970-1971

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25 Jul 67 - Letter from Bill Bauman, CO 187th, to Chief Military History - requesting Blackhawks as Distinctive Designation

11 Aug 67 - 1st Ind by HQ DA, Chief of Military History - Approval of Blackhawks as Distinctive Designation. Certificate to follow in 60 days.

22 Dec 71 - Letter from LT Terry Ess, 187th Unit Historian, to HQ DA Chief Military History,  requesting Distinctive Designation of Crusaders.   Justification - unit had been known as Crusaders since 23 March of 68 and had been first AHC into Cambodia on 1 May 1970.

11 Jan 72 1st Ind from DA History Div. to 187th says Blackhawks certificate was issued on 2 Oct 1967 and if Crusaders was now desired that DA be advised and justification for proposed change be given.

Obviously, the Call Sign changed in March 68, but the Distinctive Designation at DA may never have been changed.

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