68th Chemical Company
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The Army did not begin a formal program for determining lineage and honors until the 1920s. Before that time, considerable confusion existed within the Army about the accepted procedures and methods for determining the prior history of units and their entitlement to battle honors. With the demobilization of the Army following World War I, many distinguished units were lost from the rolls. To avert such problems in the future, the Historical Section of the Army War College assumed responsibility for maintaining historical information about Army units: thus lineage work began.

Today the Force Structure and Unit History Branch continues the work begun by the Historical Section of the Army War College. The branch maintains historical information on active and inactive units in all components - Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard, and prepares official Lineage and Honors Certificates. On the basis of research in primary and secondary material, the certificates outline the major organizational changes undergone by the unit and provide a list of the official battle honors (campaign credit and decorations) that the unit has earned. The information contained on the certificates is reformatted for publication in the Army Lineage Series

While it would take a book to recount the rich history brought about by the changes of each unit in the 68th Chemical Company, an overall look at the major reorganizational elements of the Company Lineage presents a picture of an organization that was accustomed to fighting and brought strength from change.



68th Chemical Company
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16 May 1942; Constituted in the Army of the United States as the 68th Chemical Smoke Generator Company.

01 June 1942; Activated at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland.

25 January 1946; Inactivated on Okinawa.

14 April 1949; Reactivated at the U.S. Army Chemical Center, Maryland.

25 November 1951; Allotted to the Regular Army.

04 March 1954; Redesignated as the 68th Chemical Company.

15 June 1959; Inactivated in Germany.

25 March 1963; Reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas.

24 June 1966; Inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas.

01 July 1977; Reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.


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The history of the 68th Chemical Company recorded the following significant events occurring on the dates listed.



68th Chemical Company
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1942
Constituted in the Army of the United States as the 68th Chemical Smoke Generator Company. (16 May)

1942
Activated at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. (01 June)

1942
Assigned to Camp Haan, California for training. (01 June)

1942
Stationed at Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone (08 September)

1944
Stationed at Camp Sibert, Alabama. (21 November)

1945
Stationed at Okinawa. (04 July)

1946
Inactivated on Okinawa. (25 January)

1949
Reactivated at the U.S. Army Chemical Center, Maryland and attached to the 4th Chemical Smoke Generator Battalion. (14 April)

1950
Stationed at Camp Mackall. (15 April)

1950
Assigned to the Korean War Theater. (12 September)

Arrived at Pusan, Korea. (19 October)

1950
Assigned to the 8th U.S. Army, Korea. (21 December)

1951
Relieved from the 8th U.S. Army, Korea and assigned to the 2nd Logistical Command. (10 July)

1951
Allotted to the Regular Army. (25 November)

1952
"Artillery Valley" Mission. (23 May)

1954
Redesignated as the 68th Chemical Company. (04 March)

1959
Inactivated in Germany. (15 June)

1963
Reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas. (25 March)

1966
Inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas. (24 June)

1977
Reactivated at Fort Hood, Texas and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. (01 July)

1979
Conducted first decontamination, reconnaissance and smoke missions.


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