1-19 FA BATTALION

Coat of Arms

       
 

Shield: A bend gules between, in chief, an eagle close of the same ducally crowned and gorged with a collar of the first charged with a Lorraine cross of the second and in base a fusil of the like.

Crest: On a wreath of the colors, or/and gules, a demi-horse sable hoofed and tongued or with draft harness of like

Motto:Per Scintillam Flamma (Through the Spark...the Flame)

Symbolism:The regiment was organized in 1917 and assigned to the 5th division indicated by the red diamond. The regiment received its baptism of fire in the taking of Frapelle, east of St. Die in Vosges in the province of Lorraine. The bend is taken from the arms of Lorraine. The regiment engaged in heavy fighting at St. Mihiel; the crowned eagle represents the regiment's service in France during World War I. The horse on top of the shield symbolizes the importance of that animal to the field artillery.


 
       

Battalion History

A unit's lineage is a history of the unit, from its original formation to its current designation and location.  Much like a family tree, the battalion's lineage is a source of pride and distinction for its soldiers.  It serves as a reminder of those who have served before us to make our battalion a strong, reliable force within today's Army.  Soldiers in the unit should become familiar with their lineage and the battles in which the battalion has served with honor, valor, and heroic distinction. 

1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery was constituted on 1 July 1916, in the Regular Army as Battery A, 19th Field Artillery. It was organized on 1 July 1917 at Camp Wilson, Texas. The 19th Field Artillery was assigned on 12 December 1917 to the 5th Division (later redesignated as the 5th Infantry Division). It was inactivated on 6 September 1921 at Camp Bragg, North Carolina, and again activated on 3 December 1934 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.

The battalion  was reorganized and redesignated on 1 October 1949 as Battery A, 19th Field Artillery Battalion.  It was inactivated on 20 September 1946 at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, and later activated 15 July 1947 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The Battalion was again inactivated 30 April 1950 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and activated on 1 March 1951 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania. Another inactivated was conducted on 1 September 1953 at Indian Gap Military Reservation, and again activated on 25 May 1954 at Augsburg, Germany.  The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated  as Headquarter and Headquarters Battery, 1st Howitzer Battalion, 19th Artillery 1 June 1957 and relieved from assignment to the 5th Infantry Division with organic elements concurrently constituted and activated. The Battalion inactivated on 25 April 1961 at Fort Ord, California.  On 19 February 1962, it was redesignated as the 1st Battalion, 19th Artillery, assigned to the 5th Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Carson, Colorado. It was relieved on 15 December 1970 from assignment to the 5th Infantry Division and assigned to the 4th Infantry Division.  On  1 September 1971, it was redesignated and remains the 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery.

    Campaign Participation Credit

     
    • World War I
      • St. Mihiel
      • Lorraine

    • World War II
      • Normandy
      • Rhineland
      • Northern France
      • Ardennes-Alsace
      • Central Europe

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

 

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