PlaqueSignal Units in the Normandy CampaignASF

June 6 to July 24, 1944

One hundred and six Signal Units, 19 divisional and 87 non-divisional from the First and Third U.S. Armies, Army Air Force, and Army Service Forces with Normandy Campaign Participation Credit have been identified as of the date of the last modification of this page.

Three Signal Units who provided significant support and service for the Normandy Campaign are listed in a separate section. They do not have Normandy Campaign Participation Credit because they served in England outside of the geographic boundaries of the Normandy Campaign.

A list of  Signal Units in the Normandy Campaign does not appear to be readily available. This list was compiled to help search for Felix A. Cizewski's unit.

After I identified Felix's unit (
Co. C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion),  I kept the list and continue to maintain it as it does not seem to be readily available in one place anywhere else and as a way to preserve and share the service and memory of WW2 Signalmen including those like my late father who served in non-divisional units.

Signal Units in the initial Normandy landings and divisional units in the Normandy Campaign were found in various readily accessible sources. The non-divisional units were found primarily in the
Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Register.  

Veterans, their families, and unit historians have contacted me with additions and corrections which I welcome and for which I am very grateful.

"Signal Corps troops for the invasion constituted, all in all, the largest gathering of signalmen yet assembled for combat. FUSA's (First United States Army) Signal Corps men alone totaled 13,420 men, including three joint assault signal companies (JASCO's) , the recently devised units containing both Army and Navy communicators. Besides these troops, the FUSA list included 11 division signal companies, 2 of them airborne and 2 serving with armored divisions; 3 signal battalions; a signal operations battalion and a signal operations company; 3 construction battalions and 2 separate construction companies; a photographic company; a repair company; a depot company; a radio intelligence company; a pigeon company; and a number of smaller detachments, some American and some British. Among these were traffic analysis units, an air liaison squadron, a signal intelligence supply unit, and an enemy equipment intelligence service (EEIS) detachment. In addition, the troop list included three companies designated as signal service companies that actually were special units to perform signal intelligence functions at corps level."

The 13,420 First U.S. Army signalman were in at least 33 signal units. Of these, about 18 units landed in the initial assault.

From CHAPTER III: The Signal Corps in the ETO to Mid-1944, The Signal Corps: The Outcome


Arrowhead
Normandy assault landing credit

Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch
Meritorious Unit Commendation

Units
Comments/Notes

Non-divisional Units
1
Arrowhead 2d Signal Battalion Elements of the 2d Signal Battalion were in the initial assault landing. Company C landed on D+10. Source: Sgt. Robert Davis, Co. C.
2

3rd Signal Center Detachment or Team
3

6th Signal Center Liaison Team History and Roster of the 6th Signal Center Liaison Team on Google Docs.
4

17th Signal Operations Battalion Constituted 1 November 1942, activated 30 November 1942 at Camp Crowder, Missouri;
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
5

26th Signal Construction Battalion
6

29th Signal Construction Battalion Constituted on 20 March, 1942 & activated on 10 April, 1942 at Camp Gordon, GA; arrived in France on D+11.
7

32d Signal Construction Battalion Organized 20 March 1943 as the 32d Signal Construction Company at Chicago, Illinois; Activated at Camp Crowder, Missouri on 25 March 1943 as the 32d Signal Construction Battalion; shipped to Europe on 27 February 1944; landed at Normandy on 8 June 1944;19 May 1945 shipped to Okinawa.and deactivated.
8

33d Signal Construction Battalion Trained at Camp McCain, Mississippi; departure U.S. 9 February 1944 on the British Ship Andes; debarked at Liverpool, England; landed at Utah Beach, Cherbourg Peninsula, on July 7, 8, and 9, 1944,
9

34th Signal Light Construction Battalion
10
Arrowhead 35th Signal Construction Battalion + Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
11

36th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion Formed  25 May 1943 at Camp Crowder, MO, activated 1 March 1944.
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
Constructed a 1,600 foot open-wire span over the Rhine River in eleven days, one of the world's largest open wire spans.
12

38th Signal Construction Battalion
Landed on Omaha Beach on July 19, 1944.
13

40th Signal Construction Battalion
African American. Constituted  31 July 1942, activated 21 September 1942 Camp Campbell, Kentucky, departed for England 12 January 1944,  arrived in France 30 days after the initial D-Day landings, performed cable construction.
14
Arrowhead
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch
50th Signal Battalion
Formed at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin in 1940.

The battalion was in support of the VII Corps, under the command of Lieutenant General J. Lawton Collins, First US Army.

The battalion participated in preinvasion exercises (notably Exercise Tiger) and the landing on Utah Beach, then the isolation of the Cotentin Peninsula and the capture the port of  Cherbourg. The battalion ended the war in Leipzig,Germany before VE day.

Source: Bill Thornton, veteran of the 50th Signal Battalion
15
Arrowhead 56th Signal Battalion Photo album of training in England and service in Europe
16

59th Signal Battalion
17

69th Signal Battalion
The 69th Signal Battalion originated at Camp McCain, Mississippi..On 13 August 1942, it was constituted and then activated on 15 December 1942, as an affiliate unit sponsored by the Ohio Bell Telephone Company. On 19 July 1944, the unit landed on Utah Beach and joined the recently activated XX Corps of Lieutenant General George S. Patton's Third US Army, as the Corps Signal Battalion.

As part of XX Corps, the battalion advanced across Central Europe through France to the heart of Germany and then southward to Austria, a distance of over 750 miles in 281 days. This pace resulted in an average of one command post displacement every three days. Though often forced to fight as infantry, the battalion accomplished its mission of providing Corps Headquarters with communications support.

After VE-Day, the battalion continued to serve XX Corps in its occupation role in Bavaria. The battalion returned to inactive status on 20 April 1946.
18

92d Signal Battalion XV Corps: Arrived in Ireland January 9, 1944
19
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 113th Signal Radio Intelligence Company (SRIC) ** "THIS IS IT" An Informal History of the 113th Signal Radio Intelligence Company
by Lewis S. Dresser; Cartoons by Enrico M. Molinaro; Published by The Daily Bull Sheet Staff, June 15, 1945.
Digitized and lightly edited by John Wheeler and Mary Ann Bruno Wheeler (daughter of the late 113th veteran Vincent J. Bruno), 2006
20
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 118th Signal Radio Intelligence Company (SRIC) **
 

Activated May 9, 1942, Camp Forrest, Tullahoma, TN, in Great Britain, January 29, 1944, landed on Utah Beach July 15, 1944
Third Army (Patton)
21
Arrowhead
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch
165th Signal Photographic Company
22
Arrowhead 175th Signal Repair Company
Source: Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Register.
23
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 179th Signal Repair Company Activated May 15, 1942.

+ Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.

Meritorious Unit Commendation for Service from September 1, 1944 to March 1, 1945.

Scott Thompson, son of a veteran of the 179th, shared that his father states the 179th served with the 701st, 702d, 735th, and 761st Tank Battalions and the 1st, 3rd (Patton) and 9th Armies.
24
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 208th Signal Depot Company
25
Arrowhead
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch
215th Signal Depot Company D-Day,  Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace (Battle of the Bulge), and Central Europe Campaigns and Occupation Duty.

Meritorious Unit Commendation

Detachment 2 and Storage and Issue Section Detachment No. 3 French Croix de Guerre for D-Day.
26

216th Signal Depot Company

+ Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe

Constituted 11 May 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 216th Signal Depot Company

Activated 25 January 1943 at the Lexington Signal Depot, Avon, Kentucky

27

221st Signal Depot Company

+ Northern France; Rhineland

Constituted 3 November 1941 in the Regular Army as the 221st Signal Depot Company

Activated 14 August 1943 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

28

240th Signal Battalion
29

255th Signal Construction Company
+ Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
30

268th Signal Heavy Construction Company
Activated on 1 September 1943 at Camp Crowder, MO.
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe. Northern France, and Rhineland.
31

270th Signal Heavy Construction Company
+ Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.

Activated 1 September 1943 at Camp Crowder, Missouri

Reorganized and redesignated 15 February 1944 as the 270th Signal Heavy Construction Company

32
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 282d Signal Pigeon Company + Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Advance party landed on Omaha Beach on June 12, 1944 (D-Day plus 6) and the rest of the company arrived July 9, 1944.

Constituted 11 May 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 282d Signal Pigeon Company

Activated 28 October 1942 at Camp Crowder, Missouri

Organic to First Army headquarters.

Source:  John Alosi, son of a late veteran of the company.
33
Arrowhead 286th Joint Assault Signal Company For the Normandy Invasion, the 286th JASCO worked under the 1st ESB (Utah Beach), the 294th JASCO was attached to the 5th ESB (Omaha Beach), while the 293d JASCO operated under the 6th ESB (Omaha Beach)
34
Arrowhead
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch
293d Joint Assault Signal Company
35
Arrowhead 294th Joint Assault Signal Company
36
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 298th Signal Installation Company

37

302d Signal Battalion 12th Army Group
38

303d Signal Operations Battalion

39

321th Signal Company
40

324th Signal Company Activated at Camp Pinedale, California on 10 January 1943
41

332d Signal Company, Wing

42

324th Signal Company, Wing + Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
43

334th Signal Company, Wing

+ Northern France; Rhineland; Central Europe

Constituted 6 January 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 334th Signal Company, Wing

Activated 10 January 1943 at Pinedale, California

44

392d Signal Company, Air Force

+ Northern France; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe

Constituted 23 July 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 392d Signal Company, Aviation

Activated 1 August 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida

Redesignated 16 January 1944 as the 392d Signal Company, Air Force

Reorganized and redesignated 26 August 1944 as the 1709th Signal Service Battalion

45

394th Signal Company Landed about June 12, 1944. Attached to the 9th Air Force

Source: 394th veteran Jess Hollins
46
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 395th Signal Company
47
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 433d Signal Construction Battalion + Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
48
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 438th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion
+ Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
49

447th Signal Construction Battalion, Aviation + Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.

Constituted 10 August 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 447th Signal Construction Battalion, Aviation

Activated 29 August 1942 at Dale Mabry Field, Florida

Reorganized and redesignated 5 October 1944 as the 447th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion
50

448th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion
51

459th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion +Northern France and Central Europe
52

461th Signal Heavy Construction Battalion
53
Arrowhead
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch
555th Signal Air Warning Battalion Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Register does not list Normandy Assault Landing Credit.
54

563d Signal Air Warning Battalion + Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
55
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 564th Signal Air Warning Battalion + Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.

Thanks to
James Ravesloot son of Corporal Harold J. Ravesloot, 2nd Reporting  Platoon, C Company, for pointing out the 564th's Meritorious Unit Commendation.for service from August 28, 1944 to April 1, 1945 and for sharing PHOTOS
56

566th Signal Air Warning Battalion + Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France & Rhineland.
57

577th Signal Depot Company
+ Northern France & Rhineland.
58

579th Signal Depot Company + Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
59

581st Signal Depot Company + Northern France & Rhineland.
60

582d Signal Depot Company + Northern France.
61

593rd Signal Company Activated in June 1941 at Fort Ord, California.
+ Northern France and Rhineland.
62

816th Signal Port Service Company
+ Northern France.
63

819th Signal Port Service Company + Northern France.
64
Arrowhead* 926th Signal Battalion *
* Assault landing credit for 1st Platoon, Co. C.
On D-day, 926th Signal Battalion radio operators communicated  from  landing ships with the 8th and 9th Air Force headquarters in England and landed on D-day+2.
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France & Rhineland.
65

980th Signal Service Company ***
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
66
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch 990th Signal Port Company
+ Northern France.
67
Meritorious
                Unit Commendation Patch Arrowhead* 999th Signal Service Company * On June 6, 1944, one officer and ten enlisted men of the 999th on detached to service with the 286th Joint Assault Signal Company landed on Utah Beach. The assault landing arrowhead is for that detachment.
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
68

1028th Signal Company
+ Northern France, & Rhineland.
69

1053d Signal Company, Service Group
+ Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
70

1071st Signal Company + Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
71

1091th Signal Company, Service Group + Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
72

1106th Signal Company, Service Group + Northern France.
73

1109th Signal Company, Service Group + Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
74

1147th Signal Company + Northern France, & Rhineland.
75

1709th Signal Service Battalion + Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France.
76
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch 3104th Signal Service Battalion *
Activated Feb.1, 1944, Ft. Monmouth, NJ.
* Ardennes-Alsace Co. C only.
* Rhineland Co. A only
+ Northern France
Table of Organization
Photos
77
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion *
Felix A. Cizewski was in C Company
Constituted 4 December 1943; activated 27 Dec 43 at Ft Monmouth, NJ
* Normandy: Co. C only. Felix A. Cizewski's company
+ Northern France & Central Europe
Communication Zone (COMZ), European Theater of Operation.
78

3111th Signal Service Battalion Activated on 1 February 1944 at Eastern Signal Corps School., Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
79

3112th Signal Service Battalion Constituted on 26 January 1944, activated on 1 February 1944 at Eastern Signal Corps School,.Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
80

3132d Signal Service Company
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
Trained separately at the Army Experimental Station in Pine Camp, New York, where it pioneered in the development of "sonic deception" techniques.Does not match description of Felix's service: driving and repairing trucks & construct communication lines.
81

3159th Signal Service Battalion,
Inspection and Maintenance Team No. 4
.

82 Arrowhead 3250th Signal Service Company (RI) *** Men trained at Camp Crowder, Missouri and sent to Britain were formed into the 3250th, 3251st, 325d, and 3253d Signal Service Companies.

Organized 1 April 1944 & constituted 12 April 1944 in England;  Normandy with arrowhead, the only SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) unit to be awarded assault landing credit for the Normandy.

Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland. V Corps (3rd Army - Patton, 12th Army Group)

Inactivated 13 March 1946 in France.

History
Scroll down to Annex 2. From 204th MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION, the 3250th's successor unit:

Interview with 3250th veteran Morton Kernis

WWII History
:
Pages 9 to 11 in PDF edition: The Origination and Evolution of RadioTraffic Analysis:World War II,
Cryptologic Quarterly, National Security Agency

Broken Link: History of the 3250th (http://www.asa-alpiners.com/3250signalservice.htm)

Indicates company strength was about 116 men. Suffered 21 casualties which equaled 18% of the unit
83 Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch 3251st Signal Service Company (RI) *** Constituted and activated in England;
Landed on Utah Beach on D+4.
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
VII Corps (1st Army, 12th Army Group)
84
3252d Signal Service Company (RI) *** Activated in England on 1 April 1944; landed on Omaha Beach on D+5.
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
XIX Corps (1st or 9th Army, 12th Army Group)
85
3253d Signal Service Company (RI) *** Constituted 12 April 1944; activated 25 April 1944 in England;
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
XV Corps (3rd Army - Patton, 12th Army Group until 29 Sept., then 7th Army)
86

3254th Signal Service Company (RI) ***
+ Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
VIII Corps (Patton).
87

3264th Signal Service Company *
* Normandy: Photo Detachment. No. 51 only
+ Central Europe, Northern France,
* Assault landing credit, Wesel, Germany, 26 Mar 45, Photo Detachment. No. 62 only.
Total Non-Divisional Units
87


Divisional Units

1
Arrowhead 1st Signal Company, 1st Infantry Division
2

2d Signal Company, 2d Infantry Division.
3
Arrowhead 4th Signal Company, 4th Infantry Division
4

5th Signal Company, 5th Infantry Division.

5

8th Signal Company, 8th Infantry Division.

6

9th Signal Company, 9th Infantry Division.
7

28th Signal Company, 28th Infantry Division.
8
Arrowhead 29th Signal Company 29th Infantry Division
9

30th Signal Company, 30th Infantry Division.

10

35th Signal Company,35th Infantry Division.

11

79th Signal Company, 79th Infantry Division.
12
Arrowhead 82d Airborne Signal Company 82d Airborne Division
13

83rd Signal Company, 83d Infantry Division.
14
Arrowhead 90th Signal Company  90th Infantry Division
15
Arrowhead 101st Airborne Signal Company, 101st Airborne Division
16

142d Armored Signal Company, 2d Armored Division.
17

143d Armored Sig Co, 3d Armored Division.
18

144th Armored Signal Co 4th Armored Division.
19

146th Armored Signal Co, 6th Armored Division.
Total Divisional Units
19
Total All Signal Units
106

Signal Units with Normandy related service but without Normandy Campaign Participation Credit
While researching Signal Units with Normandy Campaign Participation credit, histories of other Signal Units who provided significant support for D-Day and the Normandy Campaign. Since they served in England outside of the geographic area of the Normandy Campaign, they were not awarded Campaign Participation credit.
1

2d Platoon, 280th Signal Pigeon Company Established and maintained a pigeon-breeding and replacement center at Tidworth, England.
These pigeons were among those used in the Normandy and other campaigns.
2
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch 3103d Signal Service Battalion, 12th Army Group Constituted 1 September 1943, activated 20 December 1943 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in England in preparation for and support of D-Day and the Normandy Campaign.

"3103th Signal Service Battalion, set up in southeast England, helped deflect German resistance to the landing. By simulating a radio net, the 3103th did its part to convince the Germans the real invasion site wouldn't be Normandy but in Pas-de-Calais."

- Testing 100 miles in motion: the Signal Corps in Europe/North Africa by Carol Stokes, Army Communicator, January, 2008

Central Europe, Northern France, & Rhineland.
3
Meritorious Unit Commendation Patch Companies A & B, 3110th Signal Service Battalion Constituted 4 December 1943; activated 27 Dec 43 at Ft Monmouth, NJ
Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in England in preparation for and support of D-Day and the Normandy Campaign.
+ Northern France & Central Europe
Communication Zone (COMZ), European Theater of Operation.

NOTES

** Signal Radio Intelligence Companies:
Signal Radio Intelligence Company (SRICs) were attached to the various US Armies.

***
Signal Service Companies (RI)s: Signal Service Companies (SSCs) Radio Intelligence (RI) were attached to various Corps within the Armies.

Signal Corps Technical Information Letter No. 37, December, 1944: Includes reports on Signal Corps units service on D-Day, Normandy Campaign, and Army Service Forces Com Z in Paris
http://cecom.army.mil/historian/docdisp.php?fname=No.+37+December+1st+1944.pdf&dirname=Signal+Corps+and+Signal+School%2FSignal+Corps+Information+Letters%2FWWII+Information+Letters


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