succeeded by Lt. Cal. Robert J. McNeil, who in 1967 was succeded by Lt. Col. W. Russell Todd. The 1st Bn., 63d Armor traces its history to Company "A" of the 745th.

The 2nd Bn., 63d Armor, when organized in 1964, took as its lineage Company "B" of the 745th. The 2nd Bn. is currently stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.

The 3rd Bn., 63d Armor is presently stationed in Germany, and they trace their lineage to Company "C" of the 745th. (The date of their activation and their address is not known to this writer at this time).

The 4th Bn., 63d Armor is stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and their lineage is traced back to Company "D" of the 745th. This battalion was activated on 15 April, 1970, and was commanded. from 15 May, 1970, to December, 1971, by Lt. Col. Barney H. Forbes, who was succeeded by its present commander, Lt. Col. Glenn W. Pohly.

The Coat of Arms of the 63d was designed by MSG. George F. Bammert, Historian of the 1st Bn., to whom we are indebted for much of the history of the 63d.

 Shield: Vert, a bend wavy or between a fleur-de-lis and a lion rampant argent, on a conton of the last a mullet of the first within a square one point to chief of the third superimposed on a septfoil of the first.
Crest: On a wreath or a vert a dragon sejant gules gorged with a collar sable rimmed of the first and grasping in his dexter claw a morning star of the fourth.
Motto: Seek, Strike, Destroy.
Symbolism: Green is used for armor. The wavy band is for the arms of the Rheinprovinz and indicates service in that area and in Central Europe, while the fleur-de-lis is for service in France and the French citation for ColleviIle. The rampant lion from the arms of Belgium represents the Belgian citations for Mons and Eupen-Malmedy. The canton represents descent from the 745th Tank Battalion, from which these honors were inherited, seven being represented by the sept-foil, four by the square, and five by the star. The Siegfried Line is symbolized by a dragon, the collar about his throat signifying the capture of the line after it was breached by armor units. The morning star, a type of medieval club, alludes to the reduction of the city of Aachen.

All battalions of the 63d use this Coat of Arms, changing only the numerical designation of the battalion.

Following World War II a number of the officers and a few of the enlisted men elected to make the Army a career and stayed in until retire-

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