23rd Brigade History
Constituted 1 May 1936 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 23d Quartermaster Regiment (Truck-Corps) and allotted to the Third Corps area.
Redesignated 8 January 1940 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 23d Quartermaster Regiment (Truck).
Redesignated 1 April 1942 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 23d Quartermaster Truck Regiment. Activated 15 August 1942 at Camp Barkeley, Texas.
Reorganized and redesignated 23 October 1943 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 23d Quartermaster Group.
Inactivated 30 November 1946 at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii.
Activated 27 May 1947 on Guam; inactivated 20 February 1948 on Guam.
Redesignated Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23d Quartermaster Group and activated in Korea, 19 December 1950.
Reorganized and redesignated 1 April 1954 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 23d Quartermaster Group. Inactivated 13 May 1955 in Korea.
Redesignated Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23d Quartermaster Brigade, assigned to TRADOC and reorganized under the US Army Regimental System, 12 February 1987; concurrently Headquarters activated at Fort Lee, Virginia.
CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT
World War II
First UN Counteroffensive
CCF Spring Offensive
UN Summer-fall Offensive
Second Korean Winter
Korea Summer-fall 1952
Third Korean Winter
Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1952 (HHC 23d QM Gp cited for period 1 Apr-31 Oct 1952; DAGO 19, 1953)
Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1952-1953 (HHC 23d QM Gp cited for period 1 Nov 1952-30 Apr 1953; DAGO 55, 1953)
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA (HHC 23d QM Gp cited for period 19 Sept 1950-31 Jul 1952; DAGO 41, 1955)
DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA
Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a white wheel with gold spokes encircled in base by two gold laurel branches tied with three red cords and at top by a blue scroll inscribed "THE CORPS STARTS HERE" in gold letters, and overall a buff parchment doubled gold bearing a blue band between a blue book with white pages supporting a gold lamp in base and a gold crossed sword and key superimposed by a wheel at top.
Symbolism: The colors buff and blue have been adapted from the Quartermaster School device and are traditionally associated with the Corps. The parchment alludes to matriculation, achievement and the unit's mission. The diagonal blue bar, book and lamp of knowledge have been adapted from the Quartermaster School device. The crossed sword and key superimposed by a wheel are adapted from the Quartermaster Regimental insignia. The laurel is symbolic of achievement and high ideals: the three cords represent the commendable qualities of courage, skill and strength and reflect the history of the unit. The wheel, with twenty-three spokes exposed, refers to the designation of the unit and its logistics heritage.
SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA
Description: The 23rd Quartermaster Brigade patch has three points on the sheild which represent the battle honors earned by the unit during the Korean War. The buff light blue background within the patch represents the Quartermaster Branch colors. The brick red border and bend sinister are taken from the Transportation Branch and refer to the Brigade's initial designation as the 23rd Truck Corps Regiment.
Symbolism: The Dragon is a symbol for Korea where the Unit won its battle honors. The Dragon is also the bringer of clouds and rain and therefore the supplier of food and water. The wheel, key, and sword are part of the Quartermaster Crest and signify the Unit's present Branch designation.
This page was last updated on:
December 6, 2013