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301st Signal Group
Seventh Army

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Group History

39th Sig Spt Bn

40th Sig Bn (Cons)

97th Sig Bn (Opn)

315th Sig Bn (Cons)

Group History
(Source: Unit History, 301st Signal Group, January 1955, APO 46)
The unit (Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3142nd Signal Service Group) was reconstituted and redesignated as Hq & Hq Det, 301st Signal Group on 28 September, 1948 and allotted to the Organized Reserve Corps (Fifth Army). On 19 October, 1948, the unit was activated at Lincoln, Nebraska.

Between the date of activation and the unit's movement to Europe in 1952, the unit underwent several reorganizations and redesignations.

On 19 February 1952, the unit left Camp Gordon, Georgia, where it had been assigned to Third Army, for Germany. Arriving at Bremerhaven, Germany, on 11 March 1952, the unit was moved (by train) to Panzer Kaserne, Böblingen, and assigned to Seventh Army to fill the position of a signal group.

By the end of March 1952, HHD, 301st Sig Gp assumed the administrative and training control of all Seventh Army Signal troops.

At this time (Source: 7th Army Organization Chart, 30 June 1954), three battalions were attached to the Group.


HHD, 301st Sig Gp Panzer Ksn, Böblingen
39th Sig Bn (Spt) (1) Panzer Ksn, Böblingen
  595th Sig Co (Spt)
Panzer Ksn, Böblingen
  596th Sig Co (Spt)
  176th Sig Co (Repair)
  545th Sig Co (Depot)
  7th Army Sig Depot #1
  7th Army Sig Depot #2
40th Signal Bn (Construction) (2) (Karlsruhe) Companies "C" and "D" were probably located at other installations
97th Sig Bn (Operations) (3) Panzer Ksn, Böblingen
732nd Med Det Panzer Ksn, Böblingen
On January 28 1955, the 301st Signal Group was inactivated (in Germany) and replaced by the 160th Signal Group.
(1) Redesignated 19 July 1951 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Signal Support Battalion and allotted to the Regular Army.
Activated 6 August 1951 at Camp Gordon, Georgia.
The battalion returned to peace-time West Germany in 1952.
Reorganized and redesignated 15 June 1954 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 39th Signal Battalion.
After five years in Germany, the battalion returned to its former home at Fort Gordon in 1957.

After a tour of almost eleven years in Vietnam, the battalion colors were cased in Vietnam and escorted to West Germany where HHD, 447th Signal Battalion was redesignated as HHD, 39th Signal Battalion. More about this battalion will be posted in the future on the 39th Signal Battalion Page.
(2) Redesignated Aug. 31, 1950, as the 40th Signal Construction Battalion.
Activated Sept. 19, 1950, at Camp Gordon, Ga.; allotted Oct. 31, 1950, to the Regular Army.
Reorganized and redesignated Oct. 1, 1953, as the 40th Signal Battalion (Construction).

40th Signal Battalion DUI

Interchange of the 25th and 40th Signal Battalions.

In September 1955,
the Department of the Army announced that the 40th Signal Bn was one of 20 battalions scheduled to exchange duty stations between Europe and the United States in the spring and summer of 1956. The 25th Signal Battalion (Construction) in the United States was chosen to rotate with the 40th Signal Battalion, Germany, the first of unit moves. The advance party of this first technical service unit to rotate from the United States to a foreign post left on 10 February 1956. The main body of the battalion arrived in Germany on 9 April, and the 40th Signal Battalion departed the next day.
(3) I have started a 97th Signal Battalion Page where I have posted several good articles on the history of the battalion.
97th Signal Battalion DUI
If you have more information on the history or organization of the 301st Sig Gp, please contact me.

(Source: Email from Maurice J.A. Markworth, 301st Sig Gp, 1951-55; information was originally sent to Emily V.R. Smith, whose husband was also assigned to the 301st during this period)
The unit was designated the 301st Signal Service Unit when I joined them at Camp Gordon, Georgia, March 1, 1951 as the Classification and Assignment Officer. In July 1951 we took part in the maneuvers in North Carolina known as Exercise Southern Pine. After returning to Camp Gordon, we administered to the signal units stationed there. Lt. Col. Walter D. Lundy was the commanding officer.

We were moved to Germany in March 1952 and assigned to Seventh Army Signal units and became the 301st Signal Group.

In addition to the units listed on the Internet there was another signal battalion located near Worms, Germany. As I recall, it was the 315th Signal Battalion. There were also four signal repair detachments attached to other units throughout Germany to which we administered. "

The 40th Signal Battalion was a colored unit which was integrated with the other signal units in our Group in order to conform to the new Army which was no longer segregated.

We had a practice alert once a month in which we loaded up and moved to our field locations. We also had some field exercises which usually lasted 10 to 14 days, where we functioned in the field.

We were stationed in Germany as an Army of Occupation unit until July 1, 1955 when Germany got its sovereignty back. I departed Germany the 25th of July to return to an assignment in the U.S.

On January 28, 1955, the 301st Signal Group was inactivated and redesignated the 160th Signal Group and continued the same functions as before.

Since we were the senior unit in the Panzer Kaserne, we were also the Post Command and were responsible for issuing passes to the Kaserne as well as permits to any German personnel to sell commercial products on post. We were also responsible for the Officers' Club and the NCO Club on post.
Maurice J.A.Markworth


Capt. Smith
301st Sig Gp
Additional information submitted by Emily Smith:

My late husband, Capt Smith, was adjutant of the 301st and then the 160th Signal Group at Panzer from 1952 to 1955.

Emily also submitted this very nice strip map of Panzer Kaserne from around 1955.

(Source: Movement Orders (Shipment # 4181-A), 7 Jan 1952, Fort Gordon, GA)

Movement Orders
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39th Signal Support Battalion
(moved to 39th Signal Battalion Page)