765th T.R.S.B.

(Transportation Railway Shop Battalion)

The mission of the 765th is to provide command and control, administration and logistic support, discipline, and training to soldiers assigned/attached to the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School, Transportation School, Provost Marshal's Office, Installation Staff, and International Military Students, administer the Security Assistance Training Program at Ft. Eustis, and on order establish and operate Emergency Evacuation Center.

The battalion's rich history spans three wars and its heritage in both transportation and aviation has produced a distinguished lineage and honors. In World War II, the 765th was born on 12 March 1943, as the 765th Railway Shop Battalion, TC. Following its activation at Camp Plauche, Louisiana, on 4 May 1944, the battalion was shipped to Europe, where it participated in the Rhineland Campaign. After the war, the 765thRailway Shop Battalion was transferred to Ft. Eustis, in March 1946. .

With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, the 765th was alerted for movement overseas. The battalion distinguished itself by providing rail support during every campaign of the conflict and received the Meritorious Unit Commendation twice and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Deactivation on 20 December 1954, in Korea, brought to a close a major chapter in the battalion's history.

In the 1960's, as the Vietnam Conflict began to intensify, the 765th was once again called upon to serve its country and on 1 March 1963, was re-designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 765th Transportation Battalion, and was reactivated on 26March 1964, at Fort Benning, Georgia as an aircraft maintenance unit. In Vietnam, the765th participated in 17 campaigns and distinguished itself by earning six Meritorious Unit Citations, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Medal Unit Citation. In 1972, the battalion was again deactivated.

The 765th Transportation Battalion was reactivated 30 July 1988, at Fort Eustis, Virginia. With 28 campaign credits, 8 Meritorious Unit Citations and 3 Foreign decorations, the765th Transportation Battalion is the most decorated unit on Fort Eustis. The battalion's diverse history, reflected in its companies (Headquarters and Headquarters Company (USATCFE), 1st Staff & Faculty Company, 3rd Staff & Faculty Company, F Company (International Military Students Company), and Military Police Company (USATCFE)), carries on the 765th's proud tradition of transportation and aviation support to the nation.

 The Battalion's motto of "STRAIGHT ARROW", a legacy of its Vietnam service.

Top photo: L-to-R Robert Ballard, Capt Bill Griffin and Al Arvia Korea 1952

Deactivation June 2006 *** photos here


This Korean War era insignia for the 765th T.R.S.B. was purchased by Tim Moriarty and donated to our site.

Thanks Tim !

Note the insignia's motto : Maxima Potens


Famous U.S Army Pershing No. 101

According to an email I received from Les Jacoby who operated this locomotive in Korea from 1947-1948 the photo at the top of this page of my father  is in front of this locomotive in 1952  .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            According to Les "The picture you forwarded of No. 965 IS the same locomotive. It has had a variety of numbers during its past; 8341 (in WWII), 6779 (upon arrival in Korea), then changed to 101, to 765 when restored/rebuilt by the 765th Transportation Shop Battalion, and finally back to its present No. 101, when turned over to the Korean National Railroad in the 1950's. In 1959 she was donated by the Korean Government as a gift to the American people for assisting in the Korean War, and now resides at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. One of the past directors of the Museum told me in 1994 that No. 101 is "one of their treasures". It served in three wars, and is the only surviving steam locomotive of its type in the world.

I went into quite a lengthy discussion of No. 765, etc., because I suspect your Dad was with the 765th when it was salvaged from the scrap heap, after being "badly wounded" in the Korean War. In fact, I wonder if he is the gentleman in the center of the picture. Like myself, he would have been a little older then the usual 18 and 19-year old GI's.

Thanks Les!  (Sgt T4 Les Jacoby)


Famous #101 Pershing steam locomotive

Diesels used by the 765th in Korea

Photos article submitted by soldiers of the 3rd T.M.R.S. Transportation, 724th and 765th T.R.S.B. and other Military Railroad Service in Korea.

                                                                                                                    #101 Pershing in 765th Pusan back shop Korea 1951                 Yong Dong Po, Korea Locomotive shop



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I remember Korea  by Linda Cranfield features James Palsgrove- 765th Railroad map Korea

3rd TMRS Korea-Railway Progress, February, 1952


Military Rail Korea articles Pusan Back Shop plan side   1- 2  


Korean War Vet Assoc.-Korea 50 years ago-765th

Photographs     Letter from Korea J.W. Benjamin from Railroad Magazine July 1952 pg 10 and page 12

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