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Lineage and Honors Information as of 3 October 2016

5th Special Forces Group
1st Special Forces

  • Constituted 5 July 1942 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Battalion, Third Regiment, 1st Special Service Force, a combined Canadian-American organization
  • Activated 9 July 1942 at Fort William Henry Harrison, Montana
  • Disbanded 6 January 1945 in France
  • Reconstituted 15 April 1960 in the Regular Army; concurrently consolidated with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion (activated 1 September 1943), and consolidated unit redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces
  • (Organic elements constituted 8 September 1961)
  • Group activated 21 September 1961 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • (Former Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion, withdrawn 3 February 1986, consolidated with former Headquarters and Headquarters Companies, 1st, 3d, 4th, and 6th Ranger Infantry Battalions, former Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Infantry Battalion, and Headquarters, 75th Infantry, and consolidated unit redesignated as Headquarters, 75th Ranger Regiment – hereafter separate lineage)
  • Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Regiment

Campaign Participation Credit

  • World War II
  • Aleutian Islands
  • Naples-Foggia
  • Anzio
  • Rome-Arno
  • Southern France
  • (with arrowhead)
  • Rhineland
  • Vietnam
  • Advisory
  • Defense
  • Counteroffensive
  • 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
  • Southwest Asia
  • Defense of Saudi Arabia
  • Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
  • Cease-Fire
  • War on Terrorism
  • Afghanistan:
  • Liberation of Afghanistan
  • (with arrowhead)
  • Consolidation I
  • Iraq:
  • Liberation of Iraq
  • Transition of Iraq
  • Iraqi Sovereignty
  • New Dawn
  • (Additional campaigns to be determined)

Decorations

  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1968
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered AFGHANISTAN 2001-2002
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered IRAQ-KUWAIT 1991
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1964-1969
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969-1970
  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968-1970
  • 1st Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2005-2006
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2009-2010
  • Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1992-1993
  • Company A, 1st Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IRAQ 2004
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ AUG 2009-FEB 2010
  • Company B, 1st Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered AFGHANISTAN MAY 2011-FEB 2012
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered AFGHANISTAN MAY-NOV 2014
  • 2d Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2009
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2010
  • Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1992-1993
  • Headquarters Detachment, 2d Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered HEART AND FARAH PROVINCES MAY-NOV 2013
  • 3d Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2007-2008
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2009
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2010-2011
  • Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1992-1993
  • Company B, 3d Special Forces Battalion additionally entitled to:
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered AFGHANISTAN FEB-OCT 2012
  • Company C, 3d Special Forces Battalion additionally entitled to:
  • Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered AFGHANISTAN AUG 2011-FEB 2012
  • 4th Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2010
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2011
  • Company A, 4th Special Forces Battalion additionally entitled to:
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ JAN-JUL 2009
  • Support Battalion, additionally entitled to:
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2009

By Order of the Secretary of the Army:

CHARLES R. BOWERY, JR.
Chief of Military History


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