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729th Transportation Battalion Insignia Page ‘nnp:// TransportationBattalion him] 729TH TRANSPORTATION BATTALION DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA COAT OF ARMS Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 om) in height ‘overall consisting of a shield biazoned: Per bend Or and Gules sideview of locomotive from the sinister ccounterchanged. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Gold scroll inscribed "EQUITES FERRI” in Red letters. ‘Symbolism: The colors brick red and yellow are for the Transportation Corps. The locomotive symbolizes the functions of the organization. The motto translates to “Iron Horsemen.” Background: The distinctive unit insignia was orginally approved for the 729th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion on 8 February 1952, It was redesignated for the 728th Transportation Battalion on 6 ‘September 1960. Coat of Arms. Blazon: Shield: Per bend Or and Gules sideview of locomotive from the sinister counterchanged Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors (Or and Gules, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (HH. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts. Motto: EQUITES FERRI (Iron Horsemen), ‘Symbolism: Shield: The colors brick red and yellow are for the Transportation Corps. The locomotive symbolizes the functions of the orgarization. Crest: The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve. Background: The coat of arms was originally approved for the 729th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion on 8 February 1952. It was redesignated for the 728th Transportation Battalion on 6 September 1960. lof 10/15/2008 5:18 PM ne 7 onal FRONTS yr SP FICHTERs ; : : ck. (Fu AYA ee ADC On eee Lee) The Col. stayed overnight at the Ft. Meade BOQ and we got together for a “few bumps" for "Korean old time sakes" at the BOQ before he hosted me to a nice dinner at the Ft. Meade Officers Club. Great, but tough officer, and we had a very interesting reunion, which is a whole story in itself. When in Korea during 1946-48, the quality of the troops seemed good because a number of the WWII guys made it a career and the draft was still operating. What we did notice was being at the end of the supply line, with most supplies transhipped through Japan, the best was skimmed off the top and we got leftovers. Food was poor and we were on field rations until early 1948. As an example, the Mess Sgt. at the 790th was a good friend and one day I happened to stroll back into the kitchen. The Korean KPs were opening a wooden crate of eggs (we had been getting powdered eggs up to that time), so I asked the Sgt. what was going on. He said the Far East Command finally realized the forces in Korea were getting "the short end of the stick” and they were trying to rectify it. Cold storage eggs instead of powdered eggs was one little step in that direction. Several day later he asked how I liked eggs that looked like real eggs should. I chided him that they were cetainly better than those little marble size orange rubber like scrambled powdered eggs that would roll off the mess tray and bounce when they hit he floor. He laughed and asked if there was improvement. Told him the cold storage eggs looked like the real thing, but tasted a bit musty. After breakfast he motioned me back to the kitchen and pointed at a date stamp on a crate of cold storage eggs being opened. It was stamped 1942. I didn’t get it until he explained that was the date it was put in cold storage and this was early 1948! No wonder they tasted musty, but they were still better than those orange marbles that bounced when they hit the mess hall floor. Bet the troops in Japan didn't get cold storage eggs stamped 1942. In any event felt better cared for and safer during my second tour in Korea, even though it was wartime. First time we were so badly understrength (6th Infantry Div. in the southern half of South Korea had 2,000 troops) and were constantly on and off alerts with Communists infiltrating from North Korea and inciting their followers or sympathetic South Koreans in South Korea. During alerts, sometimes up to six weeks, only away from your base on military business by two's and armed. Body bags were coming back from the 38th Parallel from "combat patrols" already in 1946 when I arrived there. No one heard of such things back in the States. Still felt safer and more cared for during the Korean War tour, even though I spent 1 1/2 hours ahead of our MLR in the Chorwon area of the Iron Triangle one day, and for a time in May, 1951, when the MLR was just 5-6 miles north of Seoul during the Chinese Spring Offensive to retake Seoul once more. That was the last attempt. Hope you both have a good weekend...Les Received: from ( by with WTV-SMTP; Thu, 30 Nov 2006 19:32:27 -0800 Received: from ( []) by (WebTV_Postfix+sws) with ESMTP id 22C33E2AD for ; Thu, 30 Nov 2006 19:32:09 -0800 (PST) In-Reply-To: <> (Les To Tim Moriarty/TA Staff/Internal/Tax Analysts/US@Tax Jacoby) Analysts 12/01/2006 04:42 PM ce bee Subject Re: EMD SW8 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tim...never had many problems with the officer corps. In fact most were quite favorable interactions, except with Capt. Leafgreen and (wouldn't you know) another Army Captain in Baltimore. Our encounter occured off-post while I was out on my last pass from Ft. Meade, MD. Had been attached to the New Haven's 729th TROB at Ft. Meade, when sent up to the B & O from Ft. Eustis for diesel engineer training for 2 1/2 months at the start of 1951. Then got orders to report back in early April to the badly understrength Pennsy's 724th TROB at Ft. Eustis for a repeat performance in Korea. The 729th was in even worse shape and the G4 for First Army, I suspect, flipped a coin and the 724th won (or lost) the coin toss and Korean War duty in Pusan, Decided my last weekend at Ft. Meade to go off on pass alone and visit my old haunts. Had a Baltimore crab cake dinner at a harbor restaurant the B & O civilian railroad crew and I used to frequent for lunch and made one last walking tour through the downtown area. My last stop was a quaint little Baltimore bar to have a goodby beer, before I went back to the Fort and on to Korea via Ft. Eustis/Oakland Army Base/Camp Stoneman. As I came out the door to leave, an Army Captain was turning toward the door off the street with his wife, He had a good load on and she was the patient and dutiful wife trying to help him negotiate the last few steps toward the bar entrance. held the door open for them and all a once the Capt. became very belligerent and chastised me in no uncertain and blasphemous terms for not saluting him. He ignored my attempt to tell him that both hands were busy holding the door open and my trying to help his poor wife guide him through the door. He threatened to put me on report and I told him to go right ahead, it might keep me from a second tour of duty in Korea. That seemed to get through to his foggy brain and he staggered on into the bar muttering under his breath, His long suffering wife turned back to me with tears in her eyes and apologised for the scene (he was already staggering toward a bar stool). Then she poignantly said, "I'm so sorry you have got to go back a second time, Godspeed.” Never forgot that poor lady and what she had to put up with that night. It obviously wasn't over for her because I went back to the Fort quite early to pack up for a Sunday trip back to Virginia and ultimately “over choppy seas" once again. Hope he didn't run into a superior officer during his drunken caper that night. It might have been career ending. The 729th was badly understrength, as was the 724th. Col. Kern, whom I knew in Korea during 1947-48 (then a Major) came down from 1st Army Hdqs., Ft. Jay, Governors Island, NY, on an inspection tour of the 729th one weekend while I was attached to them. He was G4'for First Army and I suspected he made the decision that perhaps the 724th was slightly better led at the battalion level (can't remember the LTCs' names anymore, but my assessment would have been the 724th Battalion Commander was better organized). 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Sustis, Vs lew Haven, Opr Bn Buy Opr) jalion (3wy Opr) Bn, 0 Fou 10 Tans hip FR “1B=MS [9= b= 0 |2- I~ 51 |Act Mil 2-52. 12 Aug 56 ep: [26 Ave 5 E. 8 AN 1 Sep 57 | Field Thy Se} 2 Field 25 Jul. yj ‘Jan 59 |30 Sep 76| INAC er STATIONS Division Tae OR ewan 22% 5-226) 729th TRANSPORTATION BATTALION Constituted July 1923 in the Organized Reserves as the 591st Engineer Battalion (Railway) Organized September 1925 Redesignated 21 February 1941 as the 729th Engineer Battalion (Railway Operating) Redesignated 1 April 1942 as the 729th Engineer Railway Operating Battalion Converted and redesignated 16 November 1942 as the 729th Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corps, and affiliated with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, new Haven, Connecticut Ordered into active military service 11 January 1943 at New Orleans, Louisiana Inactivated 18 November 1945 at Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts (Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve) Redesignated 8 April 1948 as the 729th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion, assigned to the First Army, and affiliated with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, Hartford, Connecticut Activated 15 April 1948 at New Haven, Connecticut Ordered into active military service 3 September 1950 at New Haven, Connecticut Released from active military service 2 August 1952 at New Haven, Connecticut Redesignated 1 October 1955 as the 729th Transportation Battalion (First Army redesignated 1 January 1957 as the First United States Army Connenisiitted 4 November 1971 with the Valley Railroad Company of Essex, onnecticut Affiliated terminated 30 September 1976 and battalion inactivated at New Haven, Connecticut CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT World War IT Normandy Northern France Rhineland Central Europe DECORATIONS None rt