C Co. 2-34 Armor, traces its origins to the 34th Armor Regiment, which was formed on
In July of 1943 the Division moved to Pine Camp, N.Y. to prepare for overseas movement. On
Returning stateside, the 772nd Tank Bn. Was inactivated at
On the night of Feb 28 to March 1st, C Company held off a 6 hour attack from a determined Viet Cong Battalion. The next morning the C.O. told the soldiers to place “ace” of spades cards on the dead VC as a symbol of death. The VC feared the symbol of the spade and their buddies would find these cards. This idea quickly caught on and the “Fighting Aces,” were born. The company also began the tradition of stenciling the Ace of Spades on their tank turrets. This was to serve as a warning to the enemy, that when they saw these spades, death was coming.
Only weeks later on March 21st, The Fighting Aces again distinguished itself in combat. Working with the Battalion in search and destroy operations near the former village of Soui Tre, the recently established Firebase Gold came under attack from the 272nd VC main force regiment. In a pitched 4-hour battle the Fighting Aces turned an enemy victory into a defeat and the Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to both the Dreadnaught Battalion and the Fighting Aces.
The Fighting Aces would stay in the III Corps area for the remainder of 1967. On the eve of the Tet Offensive, the Fighting Aces began a series of attacks that took it away from the Dreadnaught Area of Operations and to the DMZ in the I Corps sector, over 800 miles away. For the remainder of their time in
The highlight of working in I Corps was that C Company was the first armor unit to roam free in the infamous Ashau valley after a road was established into NVA country along the Laotian border. The Fighting Aces were present at the battle of “Hamburger Hill,” but were held in reserve. In 1970, the Company departed
From 1970 to 1987 the Fighting Aces participated in numerous REFORGER exercises, NTC rotations and occasional humanitarian assistance missions as part of the 3rd Bde, 4th I.D. (M). In 1987, the Dreadnaught battalion was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (M) at
For the next three years, the company would continue to train for combat. Their M60A3 tanks were replaced by the M1-IP with the 105mm in 1989. On
Initial resistance was light but on the evening of the 26-27 of Feb. the “Fighting Aces” fought in the battle to seize Objective Norfolk, in which TF Dreadnaught completely destroyed two Battalions of the Iraqi Republican Guard’s “Tawakalana” Division. When the cease fire went into effect, The Fighting Aces acted as part of General Schwartzkopf’s guard force at Safwan. The Fighting Aces redeployed to
For the next fourteen years, the company would focus on deploying and training in its newly designated area of operations:
On the Sixth of January, 2005 the Fighting Aces boarded aircraft once again and headed to
After 34 years, we continue to honor our motto: C Company, 2-34 Armor, “Fighting Aces: An Ace until death”.