330thRRC (ASA) HISTORY PAGE
(aka: 330th Ranger Rescue Unit)
History of the 330th RRC submitted
by Sam Hamilton - Akron, Ohio
The Skate patch ("Special Killer Airborne Tactical
Element") came into existence in Dec. 68 and was still being worn when
I left in Sept. 69. I am not exactly sure who did the actual design work
on it. Here's a brief history of the 330th. This is taken from a paper
done by Dennis Husch of Herndon, VA.
Activated Dec. 1943 as the 60th Signal Radio
Intelligence Co. at Camp Crowder, Missouri. Reorganized and redesignated
as the 60th Signal Service Co. in May 1945. Reorganized and redesignated
as the 330th Communications Reconnaissance Co. in Korea in Oct. 1951. Redesignated
as the 330th Army Security Agency Co. in July 1956 De-activated in Oct
1957. Reactivated June 1962 at Camp Wolters, Texas. Sent to Viet Nam in
Aug. 1966, (AUG. 20 landed at Qui Nhon ... "I was on the ship ... aka 330th
Rescue Rangers Company ... or was it 330th Ranger Rescue Company??" - VERN)
stationed at Engineer Hill, Pleiku until May 1970 then moved to Nha Trang
where it became the 330th RRFS in June 1971. I think it was there until
the end of the war. His research ended after the Company left Pleiku."
Campaigns of the 330th
United Nations Offensive, Chinese Communist Forces
First United Nations Counter Offensive, Chinese
Communist Forces Offensive
United Nations Summer-Fall Offensive, Second
Korea, Summer-Fall -1952, Third Korean Winter,
Counter Offensive Phase II, Counter Offensive
Phase III, Tet Counter Offensive
Counter Offensive Phase IV, Counter Offensive
Counter Offensive Phase VI, Tet 1969/Counter
Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970
Sanctuary Counter Offensive, Counter Offensive
Phase VII, Consolidation I
Meritorious Unit Commendation 1950-51, MUC 1951-53,
MUC 1968-69, MUC 1969-70, MUC 1971
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with palm 1966-70
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with palm 1970-71
"He went into a lot more detail than I did here.
He even found that we had a crest and a shield."
Historical Summary for 330th
On 26 Nov 1943, the 60th Signal Radio Intelligence
(RI) Company was constituted in the Army of the United States, and on 23
December 1943, activated at Camp Crowder, Missouri. During WWII, Camp Crowder
served as a major personnel processing and training center. A number of
radio intelligence companies were formed there which later saw action in
both the European and Pacific theaters.
On 8 July 1944, the 60th RI Co left Camp Crowder
to participate in field training and exercises at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The unit then travelled to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, from 13 Oct to 8 November
1944, before returning to Fort Benning. In early January 1945, the company
received orders to relocate on 19 January to Vint Hill Farms Station, Virginia,
where its personnel would undergo advanced operational training prior to
deployment overseas. Vint Hill Farms Station was the site of the Signal
Security Agency's major training center and its Monitoring Station No.
1. However, the surrender of Germany on 7 May 1945 intervened. On 24 May,
the company was redesignated as the 60th Signal Service Company.
With the successful conclusion of the war, the
Army set about implementing lessons learned. One of these was the desireability
of placing all signals intelligence resources under the operational control
of one command, the Army Security Agency (ASA), which was organized on
15 September 1945. (Previously, mobile radio intelligence units had been
subordinate to theater commanders.) Although ASA's assets consisted mainly
of a series of worldwide field stations, it was also given a handful of
mobile support elements to include the 60th Signal Service Company.
On 9 May 1946, the company was relocated from
Vint Hill Farms Station to Fort Lewis, Washington. The unit's assigned
strength was approximately 4 officers, 3 warrant officers, and 125 enlisted
men. Here, it continued an operational mission for the next four years
until the Cold war abruptly changed to a shooting one when North Korean
Communist forces invaded South Korea on 25 June 1950.
Korea represented a test for the Army Security
Agency and its ability to support an Army in the field. The 60th Signal
Service Company was selected to represent ASA as its first deployed mobile
support unit. Flying out of McChord Air Force Base, the 60th Signal Service
Company arrived in Korea on 8 October. It was preceded by the ASA Pacific
(advance) and the 50th Signal Service Company, which had a communications
security mission. Upon arrival in country, the 60th, now with a personnel
strength of 204, was assigned to support the Eighth U.S. Army in Seoul.
The city had just fallen to Allied troops as a result of the strategic
victory initiated by the General Douglas MacArthur's amphibious landing
The 60th Signal Service Company pushed north
in support of U.S. forces until it finally arrived at a point north of
Pyongyang, the captured North Korean capital. The stay was cut short, however,
when Chinese Communist troops entered the war and staged a massive counteroffensive
across the Yalu River.
The war, which had begun with shifting tides
of military success for both sides, became stalemated in the spring of
1951. By early summer, ASA had deployed a battalion and the 501st Communications
Reconnaissance Group to oversee its units in-country. On 25 October 1951,
the 60th Signal Service Company was redesignated the 330th Communications
By late July 1953, open hostilities had ceased
along the 38th parallel which divided the Koreas. For its contributions
during the war, the 330th Comm Recon company had become one of the most
highly decorated units in ASA. The unit received nine campaign credits
and two Meritorious Unit Commendations. For the next four years, the 330th
remained subordinate to the 501st Comm Recon Group, helping to maintain
an uneasy truce.
In September 1955, the 330th Comm Recon relocated
from Seoul to Siksong-ni. On 1 July 1956, all communications reconnaiossance
units were redesignated as Army Security Agency units, to include the 330th.
On 15 October 1957, the 501st ASA Group along with its remaining company,
the 330th, was inactivated and replaced by a TDA structure which offered
On 25 June 1962, the 330th ASA Company was reactivated
at Camp Wolters, Texas, and assigned to the cocurrently activated 303rd
ASA Battalion. The battalion's mission was to be ready to deploy in support
of STRATCOM. From 1962 to 1966, the approximately 330-man company participated
in training exercises and maneuvers.
With the buildup of U.S. Forces in South Vietnam
in response to Communist agression, beginning in the 1965-66 time period,
the Army Security Agency began to deploy companies in support of the various
Army divisions and field forces. On 2 August 1966, the 330th Company was
deployed to Vietnam. There it was assigned to the 313th ASA Battalion which
had the responsibilty for supporting the I Field Force in the II Corps
Tactical Zone. (CTZ II was the largest of the four military regions dividing
the country.) The 330th was known in-country as the 12th Radio Research
(RR) Unit and later as the 330th RR Company.
The 330th was located near Pleiku. Its mission
was serving as the primary processing center for the 313th ASA Battalion
and its subordinate direct support units scattered throughout the II CTZ.
To meet the increased mission demand, the 330th grew in size until it was
assigned over 500 personnel. As it had during the Korean War, the company
compiled a distinguished record, earning credit for 12 campaigns and receiving
4 Meritorious Unit Commendations, and 2 Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with
As Army in-country troop levels began to be lowered,
ASA was also forced to reevaluate its support structure. On 22 May 1970,
the company was relocated to Nha Trang. Here it continued to serve as both
a central processing and support element, gradually assuming some missions
once performed by the direct support units now undergoing inactivation
or redeployment. On 30 September 1971, the 330th was inactivated and its
mission assumed by a concurrently organized field station.
During its history, the 330th ASA Company had
served under the ASA umbrella as a direct support unit and a processing
company. Upon reactivation on 5 November 1973, the company not only assumed
a new type of ASA support mission but began operations in the European
Theater for the first time. The mission of the reactivated 330th ASA Company,
now turned aviation company, would be to provide support direct to tactical
commanders on a real time basis. Upon activation, the unit was assigned
to and located with the 502nd ASA Group in Augsburg, Federal republic of
On 9 January 1974, the first element of the 330th
which consisted of CPT John N. Niemczuk, Jr., Commander, one warrant officer,
and nine enlisted personnel and four vehicles departed Augsburg for the
site which was to become the company headquarters, Building 216 on Sembach
Air Base. On 6 January, the ground operations section of the unit occupied
the abandoned missile site at Gruenstadter Berg. On 8 May, the unit Aircraft
Maintenance Section took temporary possession of a hangar in the southwest
corner of Ramstein Air Base. In mid-March MAJ Lemuel G. Brinkley, Jr. arrived
to assume command. Finally, the last section of the unit to enter temporary
facilities was Flight Operations which moved into Building 2330 at Ramstein
Air Base on 22 April 1974.
Within six months of becoming operational, the
unit had grown from 0 to over 100 assigned personnel. The company utilized
GUARDRAIL aircraft in support of U.S. Army Europe/7th Army. On 29 August
1975, the company headquarters was relocated to Kaiserslautern. The personnel
assigned to the 330th over the months and years continued to add to the
distinguished lineage of the unit.
In 1976, the Army Security Agency was reorganized
into the U.S. Intelligence and Security Command. Although still possessing
a worldwide headquarters at Arlington Hall Station, Virginia, the new command
lost it's verticalized organizational structure which characterized ASA.
Consequently direct tactical support units were transferred to theater
commands. On 1 January 1977 the 330th was reassigned to U.S. Army Europe,
ending over 30 years association with the ASA.