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The 407th Airborne Quartermaster Company
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COAT OF ARMS  (Displayed on Battalion Flag)          MOTTO: SUPPLY IS STRENGTH

SHIELD: Per fess Gules and Azure a bar wavy Argent between a demi-lion rampant and three fleurs-de-lis Or all within a bordure engrailed of the third.

The two divisions of the shield are used to denote service during World Wars I and II. The fleurs-de-lis symbolize the original organization's action during World War I in Lorraine, Saint Mihiel and Meuse-Argone, France. The rampant lion, suggested by the coat of arms of Belgium and the Netherlands, alludes to the former organization's drive during World War II to stem the invading enemy; and the wavy bar alludes to the wavy bend on the arms of Rhineland signifying the sweep through that province during the same campaign. The engrailed border represents a parachute and symbolizes that unit's service with the 82d Airborne Division.

CREST: From a wreath Or and Azure, on five mounds a griffin segreant Or armed and langued Gules, holding an open parachute of nine cords Vert and charged on the wings with an orange.

The griffin (a composite of eagle and lion) symbolizes the coordinated campaign of the Allies. The five hills represent the liberation of the city of Nijmegen. The roundel, simulating a wheel, alludes to the Quartermaster and Transportation Corps. The parachute with its nine cords refers to the nine campaigns in which the parent unit participated during World Wars I and II. The colors commemorate the decorations awarded the 407th: red and green for the Belgian Fourragere, red for the Meritorious Unit Commendation and orange for the Netherlands Lanyard.

n 5 August 1917 the 307th Supply Train was constituted as part of the National Army and was assigned as an element of the 82d Division. The unit was organized in Camp Gordon, Georgia, in October 1917, to aid in the support of World War I. For their efforts during World War I the 307th earned three campaign streamers, for St. Mihiell, Meuse-Argonne and Lorraine.

On 9 May 1919 the 307th was demobilized at Camp Dix, New Jersey. After nearly 17 years the 307th was reconstituted on 17 September 1936 in the Organized Reserves and concurrently consolidated with the 407th Quartermaster Regiment; consolidated unit designated as the 407th Quartermaster Regiment and remained assigned to the 82nd Division (Later redesignated as the 82nd Airborne Division).

World War II
After the outbreak of war the unit was once again reorganized and redesignated on 13 February 1942 as the 407th Quartermaster Battalion and remained assigned to the 82nd Division. It was reorganized and redesignated on 13 February 1942 as the 407th Quartermaster Battalion and ordered into active military service 25 March 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana . Disbanded 15 August 1942; concurrently reconstituted, reorganized and redesignated 15 August 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 407th Quartermaster Company.

On D-Day the 407th Airborne QM Company went into Normandy in two echelons, the first in gliders and the remaining contingent by ship. The glider-borne contingent landed at 2115 hours on June 6th and set up a temporary bivouac on the outskirts of Blosville, a short distance from Ste. Mere Eglise.

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Keegan, John The Second World War Penguin (P), 708 p. ISBN: 014011341X
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Ryan, Cornelius  A Bridge Too Far 670p. ISBN: 0684803305
Wildman, John B All Americans 82nd Airborne. Meadowlands Militaria, 6/83 ISBN:091 208 1007
The Center of Military History The War in the Mediterranean: A WWII Pictorial History Brasseys, Inc., 465 p. ISBN:1574881302

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