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Echo Company Echo Company

Echo Company Origins

 

"E" Company 69th Infantry traced its lineage to medical and combat service support units which served in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. "E" Company's lineage stems from the 247th Medical Company which traces its history through two units, one formed as a Field Hospital and the other as an Army Band. Its history and lineage includes units in the 102d Medical Battalion (which shared the armory with the 69th in the1970s, 80s and 1990s) and 42d Maintenance Battalion, which provided maintenance support to the 42d Infantry Division and its subordinate units including the 69th.

 

Medical Origins

"E" Company's history began on 22 September 1916 in the New York National Guard at New York as the 4th Field Hospital. The 4th Field Hospital is mustered into Federal service 5 October 1916 at New York and it was mustered out of Federal service 22 March 1917. The 4th Field Hospital was then mustered back into Federal service 23 July 1917 at Camp Whitman, New York and drafted into Federal service 5 August 1917 for World War I. The 4th Field Hospital was reorganized and redesignated 18 October 1917 as Field Hospital No. 107, 102d Sanitary Train, an element of the 27th Division. It served in Europe during World War I. Field Hospital No. 107 was demobilized 8 April 1919 at Camp Upton, New York.

 

On 22 April 1924, Field Hospital No. 107, 102d Sanitary Train was reorganized and Federally recognized 22 in the New York National Guard at New York as the 105th Sanitary Company, 102d Medical Regiment, an element of the 27th Division but less than one month later on 12 May 1924 it was again reorganized and redesignated as the 105th Collecting Company, 102d Medical Regiment.

 

The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 January 1937 as Company B, 102d Medical Regiment and inducted into Federal service 15 October 1940 at New York. It served in Europe during World War II. Company B was reorganized and redesignated on 1 September 1942 as Company B, 102d Medical Battalion, an element of the 27th Infantry Division. The unit was inactivated after the war on 31 December 1945 at Fort Lawton, Washington.

 

Company B 102 Med. Bn. was reorganized and Federally recognized 16 April 1947 at New York as Company A, 102d Medical Battalion. The 102d Medical Battalion was relieved from assignment to the 27th Infantry Division and assigned to the 42d Infantry Division on 17 May 1947.

 

Company A, 102 Med. Bn. was redesignated on 1 February 1949 as the Ambulance Company, 102d Medical Battalion, then further redesignated on 16 March 1959 as Company A, 102d Medical Battalion.

 

On 15 April 1963, the unit was redesignated as Company C, 102d Medical Battalion. After the 2d Battalion, 69th Infantry was disbanded, many of the officers and NCOs of the 2d Battalion 69th served in the 102d Medical Battalion. The relationship between the 69th and the 102d Med was further cemented when the units shared the 69th Regiment Armory during the 1970s 80s and 90s. Colonel Rene F. Rodriguez, and LTC Montagno, both Commanders of the 102d Medical Battalion had served in the 2d Battalion 69th Infantry. (Colonel Rodriguez, MC, began his military career as the Battalion Surgeon of the 2d Battalion 69th Infantry). The S-2, S-3, XO, and several key staff officers and NCOs served with the 2d Battalion 69th. Also one of the Company Commanders, (Major James P. Tierney) two First Sergeants, and several NCOs who served in C Company 102d Medical Battalion served previously in the 69th.

 

Company C, 102 Medical Battalion was consolidated on 30 September 1991 with the 42d Maintenance Battalion and the consolidated unit reorganized and redesignated as the 642d Support Battalion, an element of the 42d Infantry Division.

 

The 42d Maintenance Battalion lineage is also part of "E" Company's history. The 42d Maintenance Battalion's history begins as the Band Section, Service Battery, 105th Field Artillery. The Band was constituted on 1 June 1921 in the New York National Guard serving in the 27th Division. The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 1 July 1940 as the Band, 105th Field Artillery. It was inducted into Federal service 15 October 1940 at New York and disbanded on 1 September 1942 in Hawaii.

 

The unit was reconstituted in 1945-6 in the New York National Guard and consolidated and reorganized on 30 March 1948 with the 742d Ordnance Maintenance Company in the Bronx as an element of the 42d Infantry Division. The 742d Maintenance Company was constituted on 4 February 1943 and served during World War II in Europe.

 

742d Ordnance Maintenance Company was reorganized and redesignated on 1 November 1952 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 742d Ordnance Battalion, and remained assigned to the 42d Infantry Division (organic elements organized 15 November 1952-2 February 1953 from new and existing units).

 

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 742d Ordnance Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 15 April 1963 as the 42d Maintenance Battalion remaining assigned to the 42d Infantry Division. Company C, 42d Maintenance Battalion traced its history back to the Civil War and received battle honors for Gettysburg, Virginia 1861 and Maryland 1862. Company C also received battle honors for Meuse-Argonne during World War I. The Battalion received battle honors for service in World War II (Rhineland and Central Europe)

 

The 42d Maintenance Battalion already redesignated the 642d Support Battalion in 1991 was converted and redesignated on 1 September 1994 at New York as the 247th Medical Company and relieved from assignment to the 42d Infantry Division.

 

The 247th Medical Company and was reorganized as E Company and assigned to the 69th Infantry on 1 October 1996. In addition to the honors awarded to the 69th Regiment, Company E is additionally entitled to: World War I - Ypres-Lys, Somme Offensive, Flanders 1918, World War II Rhineland and Central Europe

 

           




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