1st Battalion, 153d Infantry
"Always First"
39th Infantry Brigade (Separate)
Arkansas Army National Guard

Malvern, Arkansas





For the latest news on the Battalion's deployment click on the above 153d Infantry insignia to visit the 39th Brigade Combat Team rear detachment website.




Click on LTC Kendall Penn's picture above to visit the 1-153d Infantry's website. It's a great place to find out what our Guardsmen are doing in Iraq. LTC Penn is the current battalion commander for the 1st Battalion, 153d Infantry.


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The 39th Infantry Brigade, which includes all the units of the 1-153d Infantry, deployed recently to Ft. Hood, Texas, for approximately four months of training in preparation for an extended tour of active duty in the Middle East which will begin early next year!





153d Infantry Regiment Insignia

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, a bend wavy between a fleur-de-lis and a giant cactus Argent; on a chief of the last a Great Bear's face of the like fimbriated of the first, lips and tongue Gules. Attached below the shield is a blue motto scroll inscribed "LET'S GO" in silver letters.


Symbolism: The shield is blue for Infantry. The wavy bend, representing the Arkansas River, refers to the geographic location of the regiment. The cactus symbolizes service on the Mexican border and the fleur-de-lis service in France during World War I. The Great Bear's face from the shoulder sleeve insignia of the Alaskan Department symbolizes service in that area in World War II.



Motto:
LET'S GO

Lineage of the 153rd Infantry Regiment

Organized 1890-1894 in the Arkansas State Guard as the 1st Regiment of Infantry with Headquarters at Little Rock

Consolidated in part with the 2d, 3d, and 4th Regiments of Infantry, Arkansas State Guard, reorganized, redesignated, and mustered into Federal service 14-25 May 1898 at Little Rock as the 1st and 2d Arkansas Volunteer Infantry

Mustered out of Federal service 25 October 1898 and 25 February 1899 at Little Rock and Anniston, Alabama, respectively

Former 1st Regiment of Infantry reorganized in 1899 in the Arkansas State Guard with Headquarters at Helena (Arkansas State Guard redesignated 31 March 1907 as the Arkansas National Guard)

Mustered into Federal service 3-9 July 1916 at Fort Logan H. Roots, Arkansas; mustered out of Federal service 19-24 February 1917 at Fort Logan H. Roots, Arkansas

Mustered into Federal service 1 April 1917 at Camp Pike, Arkansas

Assigned 18 July 1917 to the 39th Division

Drafted into Federal service 5 August 1917

Reorganized and redesignated 27 September 1917 as the 153d Infantry

Demobilized 23 January 1919 at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana

Reorganized 1920-1921 in the Arkansas National Guard as the 5th Regiment of Infantry; Headquarters Federally recognized 25 June 1921 at Beebe

Redesignated 25 October 1921 as the 153d Infantry (Location of Headquarters changed 16 June 1924 to Russellville; on 28 April 1928 to Conway)

Inducted into Federal service 23 December 1940 at home stations

Inactivated 30 June 1944 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Assigned 27 May 1946 to the 39th Infantry Division

Reorganized and Federally recognized 20 November 1946 with Headquarters at Little Rock

Ordered into active Federal service 24 September 1957 at home stations; released by elements 17 October 1957 to 23 May 1958 from active Federal service and reverted to state control

Reorganized 1 June 1959 as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System to consist of the 1st and 2d Battle Groups, elements of the 39th Infantry Division

Reorganized 1 May 1963 to consist of the 1st and 2d Battalions, elements of the 39th Infantry Division

Consolidated 1 December 1967 with the 206th Armor (see ANNEX) and consolidated unit designated as the 153d Infantry to consist of the 1st, 2d, and 3d Battalions, elements of the 39th Infantry Brigade

Withdrawn 1 May 1989 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System

ANNEX Constituted 27 May 1946 in the Arkansas National Guard as the 206th Tank Battalion

Organized and Federally recognized 6 February 1947 from new and existing units with Headquarters at El Dorado

Reorganized and redesignated 1 March 1949 as the 206th Heavy Tank Battalion and assigned to the 39th Infantry Division

Reorganized and redesignated 1 September 1950 as the 206th Tank Battalion

Ordered into active Federal service 24 September 1957 at home stations; released 23 October 1957 from active Federal service and reverted to state control

Reorganized and redesignated 1 June 1959 as the 206th Armor, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System, to consist of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, an element of the 39th Infantry Division

Reorganized 1 May 1963 to consist of the 1st and 2d Battalions, elements of the 39th Infantry Division

Campaigns

World War I
Streamer without inscription

World War II
Aleutian Islands
Normandy
Northern France
Ardennes-Alsace
Naples-Foggia
Rome-Arno
Southern France (with arrowhead)
Rhineland
Central Europe

Korean War
First UN Counteroffensive
CCF Spring Offensive
UN Summer-Fall Offensive
Second Korean Winter
Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
Third Korean Winter
Korea, Summer 1953

Decorations
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1950-1952

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MEMORIAL LISTING
OF DECEASED
BATTALION MEMBERS


Company H, 153d Infantry,
1977 Reunion

Company H, 153d Infantry, Arkansas Army National Guard, held its fifth reunion at DeGray State Park Lodge in September of 1977. The reunion lasted three days and ended with a breakfast and memorial service on the last day.




Former Company H, 153d Infantry,
members pictured are:


FRONT ROW (l-r):
Edward Kuss, Harry Kudesh,
Hank Thompson, David Presson,
W.H. Tweedle, Reuben McClain.

MIDDLE ROW (l-r):
Lyle Weaver, Guinn Massey,
Fred Inman, W.E. Suddath,
James Elrod, William Linton,
and William Gilliam.

BACK ROW (l-r):
Silas Askins, J.O. Ross,
J.O. Bennett, Lloyd Sheets,
James Dickinson, Charles Moores,
and Lester Armstrong.

PRESENT, BUT NOT PICTURED:
William Kauffman, Glen Golden,
Harry Young, Weldon Lookadoo,
Robert L. Lawrence, Robert Phillips,
and Jack Ray.


UNIT'S WORLD WAR II SERVICE

Company H was mobilized in 1940 before the beginning of World War II and performed its conscription training at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. The company was sent to Camp Murry, Washington, and was split into two groups. One platoon was sent to Yakatet, Alaska and the rest of the company was sent to the Aleutian Islands. They remained in the Aleutians for more than two years. Upon their return to Camp Murry, they were reunited with their Alaskan contingent and sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, as a full company. At Camp Shelby, the company was disbanded and its members were sent to units for duty in all directions.

The following are:
1-153d Infantry Battalion
Unit Photos
from 1977
Battalion Staff

1-153d Infantry
Battalion Staff:
(kneeling) CPT Larry Norwood, CPT Glenn Pearce, CSM Clark Ponder
(standing) MAJ Robert Levins, CPT Joe Stricklin, 2LT Bo Whitaker, MAJ Kenneth Teague

Battalion HQ 	Section & Support Platoon

Battalion Headquarters Section
& Support Platoon

HHC HQ Section & Medical Platoon

HHC Headquarters Section
& Medical Platoon

Maintenance Section

Battalion
Maintenance Section

Commo Platoon

Battalion Communications Platoon

Weapons Platoon

Company A
Weapons Platoon

First Rifle Platoon

Company A
First Rifle Platoon

Second Rifle Platoon

Detachment 1, Company A
Second Rifle Platoon

Third Rifle Platoon

Detachment 1, Company A
Third Rifle Platoon

Company B (-)

All of
Company B (-)

Detachment 1, Company B

All of
Detachment 1, Company B

Weapons & HQ Section

Company C
Weapons Platoon & Headquarters Section

First Rifle Platoon

Company C
First Rifle Platoon

Second Rifle Platoon

Detachment 1, Company C
Second Rifle Platoon

Third Rifle Platoon

Detachment 1, Company C
Third Rifle Platoon

Scout Platoon

Combat Support Company
Scout Platoon

4.2-inch Mortar Platoon

Combat Support Company
4.2-inch Mortar Platoon

First Platoon, Redeye & GSR Sections

Detachment 1, Combat Support Company
First Platoon, Redeye & GSR Sections

Anti-tank Platoon

Detachment 1, Combat Support Company
Anti_Tank Platoon



1977 Roll Calls for
1-153d Infantry Battalion Units

Headquarters & Headquarters Company
Malvern
Company A (-)
Prescott
Detachment 1, Company A
Arkadelphia
Company B (-)
Texarkana
Detachment 1, Company B
Hope
Company C (-)
Mena
Detachment 1, Company C
DeQueen
Combat Support Company (-)
Sheridan
Detachment 1, Combat Support Company
Pine Bluff



Major Larry Norwood,
1-153d Infantry, Administrative Officer,
during the dedication of the Malvern
armory that now bears his name.



More Recent 1-153d Infantry Battalion Photos

Todd Coogan

Todd Coogan
receives an award
from
MG James A. Ryan,
State of Arkansas AG.

James Flatte

1LT James A. Flatte
receives an award
from
LTC Glenn A. Pearce,
1st Bn Commander

JOTC Panama

CPT Bobby Keeter,
Co C Commander,
receives an award
from
LTC Glenn A. Pearce,
1st Bn Commander

Youth Camp softball

AR ARNG sponsored youth camp at
Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR.
The young man at the far right facing the other way,
wearing a blue cap, is my nephew, Bryan Rutherford.

Youth Camp croquet match

Another photo of the youth camp at
Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR.

HHC Group Photo

HHC, 1-153d Infantry personnel.

Battalion Staff

Some of the 1-153d Infantry Staff Officers:
(l-r) CW4 Buddy Davis, 1LT Reed, Captain Robert Howard, SgtMaj. Jim Bob Baker,
CW2 Dorothy Sealy, Captain George Baker, Captain William Amerson

Battalion Commo Platoon

HHC, 1-153d Infantry, Communications Platoon:
(Kneeling) Randy McGhee, Ronnie Smith, unknown, unknown, Bobby Young
(Standing) Travis Pennington, Randy Faulkner, Jon Cook, unknown,
Don Williams, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Bryan Rickman, Dale Rice

James & Rutherford at JOTC Panama

SSG Frank (Jesse's bro) James & myself
at Ft. Sherman Jungle Operations Training Course HQ.

Terry Ham with Camera at JOTC Panama

SGT Terry Ham working on
his blackmail pics out in the "ville" in Panama.

Tony Richardson with rifle at JOTC Panama

SGT Richard "Tony" Richardson
trying to look busy after a busy day at the JOTC in Panama.

Cleaning at JOTC

Roger Clemons; Carl Cook; Tony Richardson; 1Sgt Sam Hayes; Don Cross;
cleaning up after training at JOTC, Ft. Sherman, Panama.

Company C

Company C, 1-153d Infantry Soldiers at their Mena Armory

Company C

Several Company C soldiers taking a break after chow.

Company C

Company C Headquarters Section.
SSgt. Joe Mabry, company supply sergeant, is fifth from left.

JOTC Panama

Jungle Operations Training Center, Ft. Sherman, Panama.

Headquarters Section Photo

The Headquarters Gang.
Kneeling from left:
SFC Tom Rutherford; SPC Tanya Burns; SFC Billy Womble
Standing from left:
SGT Robert McGill; SGT Carl Cook; SGT Phyllis Lambert; CPT Tom Dixon; CW2 Dorothy Sealy

Fort Chaffee, Arkansas

An infantry battalion on the parade ground at
the Joint Readiness Training Center, Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas.

Captain John Lowry

Co A Commander CPT John Lowry
planning at Ft. Chaffee.

Lieutenant Colonel Tom W. Thomas

LTC Tom Thomas,
former Commander,
1-153d Infantry.

Walter A. Paulson III

Walter A. Paulson III,
former Commander,
1-153d Infantry.

Ronald S. Chastain

Ronald S. Chastain,
former XO,
1-153d Infantry.

William J. Johnson

MAJ William J. Johnson,
former XO, 1-153d Infantry.


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