Monument dedication for the 112th Signal Battalion at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum

Posted by DarthDilbert at 3/29/2009 04:33:00 PM

A monument honoring the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Abn) will be unveiled and dedicated Friday, April 3, at 11:00 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.

According to Don Kropp, president of the Shadow Warrior Association, "This marks the first time that Special Operations "communicators" will be formally memorialized among the historic units of our nation’s Airborne Forces. Ours is the first and only free standing Signal Battalion memorial stone at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. Moreover, it is the only monument dedicated to "Special Operations Signaleers." This monument will memorialize the service of Signal Soldiers who have served in the 112th from its inception during World War II right up until today. For 112th Soldiers, past and present, this is your history and April 3rd is your day."

The 112th Signal Battalion was constituted in 1944 as the 512th Airborne Signal Company and activated in North Africa. As part of the US Airborne forces in WWII the 512th participated in operations from Rome to Berlin. The Battalion motto: "Penetra Le Tenebre" ("Penetrate the Shadows") and Mediterranean-style dagger on the battalion Coat of Arms are drawn from this early service in Italy.

Today, over 60 years after the original activation of the 112th Signal Battalion, this unit remains the only airborne Signal Battalion in the Army and is poised to maintain its reputation as the premier Signal organization in the Army.

THE MUSEUM
Located in downtown Fayetteville, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum is part of the U.S. Army Museum System and tells the story of Army airborne and special operations units from 1940 to the present. Museum hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday; open Federal holiday Mondays. For more information call 910.643.2774 or visit the website at www.asomf.org.

Airborne & Special Operations Museum

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