Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets
Monstrat Viam!

972nd MP CO

                

  • Organized 10 May 1787 in the Massachusetts Militia at Gloucester as the Gloucester Artillery, Battalion of Artillery, 1st Brigade, 2d Division
  • Mustered into Federal service 19 September 1814; mustered out of Federal service 29 October 1814
  • Reassigned 25 April 1840 to the 4th Battalion of Artillery, 3d Brigade, 2d Division; on 4 January 1842 to the 7th Regiment of Artillery
  • Redesignated 25 April 1842 as Company B, 2d Regiment of Artillery
  • Disbanded 24 February 1851
  • Reorganized 2 August 1852 in the Massachusetts Militia at Gloucester as Company E (American Guard), 2d Regiment of Artillery
  • Converted, reorganized, and redesignated 26 February 1855 as Company G, 8th Regiment of Infantry
  • Mustered into Federal service 30 April 1861 at Annapolis, Maryland; mustered out of Federal service 1 August 1861 at Boston
  • While remaining in state service, Company G, 8th Regiment of Infantry, additionally organized the following unit for Federal service:
    • Company C, 23d Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, mustered into Federal service 28 September 1861 at Lynnfield; mustered out of Federal service 25 June 1865 at New Bern, North Carolina
  • Mustered into Federal service 30 October 1862 at Wenham; mustered out of Federal service 7 August 1863 at Boston
  • Mustered into Federal service 26 July 1864 at Readville; mustered out of Federal service 10 November 1864 at Readville
  • Company G, 8th Regiment of Infantry, disbanded 2 December 1885
  • Reorganized 18 February 1886 in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia at Gloucester as Company G, 8th Infantry
  • Mustered into Federal service 11-14 May 1898 at Framingham; mustered out of Federal service 28 April 1899 (Massachusetts Volunteer Militia redesignated 15 November 1907 as the Massachusetts National Guard)
  • Mustered into Federal service 25 June 1916 at Framingham; mustered out of Federal service 18 November 1916 at Gloucester
  • Called into Federal service 25 July 1917; drafted into Federal service 5 August 1917
  • Reorganized and redesignated 24 August 1917 as Headquarters Company, 104th Infantry, and assigned to the 26th Division
  • Demobilized 29 April 1919 at Camp Devens, Massachusetts
  • Converted, reorganized, and redesignated 20 November 1920 as Battery A, 2d Field Artillery
  • Lineage and Honors Information as of 26 March 2012

Lineage And Honors Information

  • Redesignated 26 November 1920 as Battery A, 2d Field Artillery, an element of the 26th Division (later redesignated as the 26th Infantry Division); concurrently reorganized and Federally recognized at Gloucester
  • Redesignated 30 September 1921 as Battery A, 102d Field Artillery
  • Inducted into Federal service 16 January 1941 at Gloucester
  • Reorganized and redesignated 12 February 1942 as Battery A, 211th Field Artillery Battalion
  • Inactivated 9 March 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey
  • Reorganized and Federally recognized 27 January 1947 in the Massachusetts National Guard at Gloucester as Battery A, 211th Field Artillery Battalion
  • Reorganized and redesignated 1 May 1959 as Battery A, 2d Howitzer Battalion, 102d Artillery, an element of the 26th Infantry Division
  • Reorganized and redesignated 1 March 1963 as Battery A, 2d Battalion, 102d Artillery
  • Reorganized and redesignated 1 March 1972 as Battery A, 2d Battalion, 102d Field Artillery
  • Location changed 1 December 1974 to Lexington
  • Converted, reorganized, and redesignated 1 April 1975 as the 972d Military Police Company and relieved from assignment to the 26th Infantry Division
  • Location changed 1 January 1980 to Newton
  • Ordered into active Federal service 22 November 1990 at Newton; released from active Federal service 18 May 1991 and reverted to state control
  • Location changed 1 October 1994 to Melrose
  • Ordered into active Federal service 17 June 2002 at Melrose; released from active Federal service 4 April 2003 and reverted to state control
  • Location changed 1 March 2007 to Reading
  • Ordered into active Federal service 10 July 2007 at Reading; released from active Federal service 12 August 2008 and reverted to state control

HOME STATION: Reading

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

World of 1812
Massachusetts 1814
Civil War
Cold Harbor
Petesburg
Maryland 1864
North Carolina 1862
North Carolina 1863
North Carolina 1865

South Carolina 1863
Virginia 1864
World War I
Champagne-Marne
Aisne-Marne
St. Mihiel
Meuse-Argonne
Ile de France 1918
Lorraine 1918
World War II
Northern France
Rhineland
Central Europe
Southwest Asia
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
Cease-Fire
War on Terrorism
Global War on Terrorism
Iraq:
Iraqi Surge

DECORATIONS

Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered SOUTHWEST ASIA 1991
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2007-2008
French Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star, World War I, Streamer embroidered LORRAINE

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY:

ROBERT J. DALESSANDRO
Director, Center of Military History