304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion
The 304th Signal Battalion was constituted on 29 July 1921 in the Organized Reserves. It was organized in March 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia. The unit's first operational mission was in December 1944 during some of the most bitter fighting of the General MacArthur's Pacific Campaign. The unit provided tactical communications to Headquarters, Eighth United States Army, at Leyte, Philippines, and to EUSA Rear in Hollandia, New Guinea. For its outstanding service during World War II, the Battalion received a Meritorious Unit Commendation Award and the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation.
Following Japan's capitulation, the Battalion landed with the 11th Airborne Division at Atsugi Air Base, Japan. The Battalion's mission was to supply communications throughout Japan for Headquarters, EUSA, and to provide radio communications with Okinawa and the Philippines. The Battalion Headquarters was established in the Imperial Silk Mill at Yokohama, Japan.
The Battalion entered the Korean War in July 1950 and was tasked to provide communications for Headquarters, Eighth US Army Korea (EUSAK). The unit established its initial signal sites in the central part of South Korea near Taegu. During the war, the Battalion provided communications support throughout Korea and had elements as far north as the Yalu River. By 1952, the Battalion was widely dispersed, with its main headquarters in Taegu, an advance group in Seoul, and numerous detachments functioning separately throughout Korea. In February 1952, the main headquarters of the Battalion moved to Seoul, where it remained for more than 25 years. In June 1953, the Battalion was withdrawn from the Army Reserve and was allotted to the regular Army. The Battalion received campaign participation credit for all ten campaigns of the Korean War and was awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendation Awards for its outstanding service.
Over the years, the Battalion underwent several organizational changes and moved to several locations throughout Korea. In May 1977, the Battalion headquarters, HHC, and C Company were relocated from their facilities at Kimpo Base in Seoul to beautiful Camp Colbern, located east of Seoul in the foothills of the remote Kumdan-san Mountains. The camp is situated on 72 acres, has 35 buildings, and has installation property valued in excess of $40 million. The Battalion Commander serves as garrison commander of Camp Colbern. Company A is located at Camp Humphreys, 45 miles south of Seoul, and Company B is located in Wonju at Camp Long, 60 miles southeast of Seoul.
Over the last few years, the Battalion has twice won the EUSA Army Communities of Excellence award and received a Honorable Mention Award at the Department of the Army competition in 1995. The Battalion won the United States Army Signal Command Philip A. Connelly Award in 1995, 1996, and 1997 in the "Small Dining Facility" category. The Battalion won the USAISC Retention NCO of the Year in 1995, the Brigade NCO of the Year and the Brigade Soldier of the Year Awards in 1996, and the 1st Signal Brigade Command Retention Award in 1996. Thirty percent of the unit's soldiers who attended the Primary Leadership Development Course in 1996 and 1997 graduated on the Commandant's List.
HHC Mission Statement:
On order, HHC, 304TH Integrated Theater Signal Battalion (ITSB) deploys the BATCON and ALOC to support the installation, maintenance, and defense of tactical communications systems in support of combined, joint and Army operations during all phases of Theater plans and contingency operations as directed.
Alpha Company Mission Statement:
On order, A Co, 304th Integrated Signal Battalion (ITSB) deploys, installs, maintains, and defends tactical communications systems in support of joint, combined, and Army Operations as directed.
Bravo Company Mission Statement:
On order, B Co, 304th Integrated Signal Battalion (ITSB) deploys, installs, maintains, and defends tactical communications systems in support of joint, combined, and Army Operations as directed.
Charlie Company Mission Statement:
On order, C Co, 304th Integrated Signal Battalion (ITSB) deploys, installs, maintains, and defends tactical communications systems in support of joint, combined, and Army Operations as directed.
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