The 354th Transportation Battalion was originally constituted in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 116th Port Battalion in the Transportation Corp in late December 1944 and was activated on 24 January 1945 at Fort Kamehameha in Hawii. After officially taking part in the Ryukyus campaign, the Battalion was inactivated on 10 February 1946, but was redesignated about a year-and-a-half later as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 354th Transportation Port Battalion and allotted to what was then called the Organized Reserves, which in 1952 was transformed into the Army Reserve.

The Battalion would be ordered into active military service on several occasions over the coming decades, including in 1961, 1970, and 2004; for the last call-up it was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation. It was released from active military service on that tour in 2006 and returned to Reserve status.

The 354 Transportation Battalion’s unit crest (officically called a Distinctive Unit Insignia) features a brick-red wheel with four spokes arrange in the shape of a saltire; mounted about the hub are five wavy lines alternating in blue and white, and atop the waves is an Okinawan sai that exends vertically from the bottom of the wheel to its top. On the viewer’s left of the said is the word “HONOR,” and on the right is “SERVICE.”

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