Constituted 1 July 1942 in the Army of the United States as Company C, 506th Parachute Infantry.
Activated 20 July 1942 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia.
(506th Parachute Infantry assigned 1 March 1945 to the 101st Airborne Division)
Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France.
Redesignated 18 June 1948 as Company C, 506th Airborne Infantry.
Allotted 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army.
Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky.
Inactivated 1 April 1949 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky.
Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky.
Inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky.
Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Inactivated 25 April 1957 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division; concurrently reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Airborne Battle Group, 506th Infantry.
Redesignated 6 February 1967 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry, and assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (organic elements concurrently constituted).
Battalion activated 1 April 1967 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Inactivated 31 July 1972 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and relieved from assignment to the 101st Airborne Division.
|Normandy (with arrowhead)||Counteroffensive, Phase III (1 Jun 1967-29 Jan 1968)|
|Rhineland (with arrowhead)||Tet Counteroffensive (30 Jan-1 Apr 1968)|
|Ardennes-Alsace||Counteroffensive, Phase IV (2 Apr-30 Jun 1968)|
|Central Europe||Counteroffensive, Phase V (1 Jul-1 Nov 1968)|
|Counteroffensive, Phase VI (2 Nov 1968- 22 Feb 1969)|
|Tet 69/Counteroffensive (23 Feb-8 Jun 1969)|
|Summer-Fall 1969 (9 Jun-31 Oct 1969)|
|Winter-Spring 1970 (1 Nov 1969-30 Apr 1970)|
|Sanctuary Counteroffensive (1 May-30 Jun 1970)|
|Counteroffensive, Phase VII (l Jul 1970-30 Jun 1971)|
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered BASTOGNE
Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered PHAN THIET
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered NORMANDY
Netherlands Orange Lanyard
Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm, Streamer embroidered BASTOGNE;
cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at Bastogne
Belgian Fourragere 1940;
cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in France and Belgium
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968-1969
BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY:
JOHN W. MOUNTCASTLE
Brigadier General, United States Army
Chief of Military History
NOTE: the 506th Infantry section of the 114-page Department of the Army Pamphlet 672-3: Decorations, Awards, and Honors, Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register, published by Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC, 29 January 1988, Unclassified, lists the following medal, which is not included in the Department of Army official lineage for the 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry:
RVN Civil Actions Honor Medal, FC -- 18 Mar 1968-May 1970, DAGO# 48, 1971