ARMY: Durable D

On the parade ground at Fort Devens, Mass., a proud red and white guidon, unique in the Army, changed hands to keep a tradition flying. Inscribed on the banner, over two crossed cannon, were the words: "Battery D, 5th Field Artillery,' organized by Captain Alexander Hamilton at Watertown, New York, March 1st, 1776." The entire personnel of Battery D had just been shifted to the new 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. To maintain at least the name of the oldest regular unit in the U.S. Army, the anti-tankers switched name and standards with the 5th Artillery's Battery C.

Battery D has fought...

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