After the Arkansas National Guard units returned to home, a period of recovery and reorganization began. A copy of the post WWII reorganization is available below. Unit personnel expected a long period of peace; such was not to be the case.
North Korea invaded South Korea June 25, 1950 and President Truman ordered US troops to defend South Korea. The following units were called to active duty for service in Korea:
Ø The 154th Fighter Squadron reported to active duty October 2, 1950. After transition training in the F84E, the 154th flew its first combat sortie May 2, 1951. Initially operating out of Itazuke, Japan the unit later moved to Taegu, Korea. While in Korea the 154th flew 3,790 combat sorties and was awarded the Korean Presidential Citation for its service.
Ø The 936th FA Battalion was called to active duty August 2, 1950 and moved to Camp Carson, CO for training. It arrived in Korea February 10, 1951 and fired its first combat mission March 30,1951. The 936th fired 348,547 combat rounds in Korea and suffered 10 killed in action and 28 wounded in action.
Ø The 937th was called to active duty on the same day as the 936th and moved to Fort Hood, TX for training. It arrived in Korea on the same ship as the 936th and fired its first combat mission April 3, 1951. The 937th fired 223,400 combat rounds in Korea and suffered 13 killed in action and 156 wounded in action. Headquarters and Headquarters battery and Battery C were awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation.
Ø The 217th Medical Company was also called to active duty August 2, 1950 and after training at Fort Benning, GA arrived in Korea May 4, 1951. The 217th conducted its basic mission of air evacuation of patients to Japan in an area from Pusan north to Seoul. While in Korea the 217th was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation and the Korean Presidential Citation.
The following units also were called to active duty for the Korean Conflict, but did not see duty in Korea:
HHB, 142nd FA Group – Germany
HHD, 101st Medical Battalion – Germany
218th Medical Ambulance Company – Fort Hood and Fort Leonard Wood
Click here for the Post WWII organization
Click here for the muster rolls