The 4th Transportation Command was initially activated in March 1942 as the 4th Port of Embarkation at Fort Lawton and was redesignated 4th Port Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Transportation Corps in November of the same year. During World War II, it deployed in support of the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and France, earning two Meritorious Unit Commendations and credit for participation in two campaigns in France.

Arriving in Vietnam in August 1965 and eventually comprising some 7,000 personnel, the 4th Transportation Command was credited with participation in an amazing sixteen of the conflict’s seventeen named campaigns, and its service was recognized with another Meritorious Unit Commendation as well as a Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Following a brief period of inactivation after the war, the unit was redesignated the 4th Transportation Brigade in 1975 and activated at Camp King in Overursel, West Germany. It was given its final designation of 4th Transportation Command in 1981; less than two years after becoming part of the 21st Theater Army Area Command, the Command was inactivated in 1989.

Approved on 9 October 1975, the Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 4th Transportation Command features a fleur-de-lis in the center of a blue circle, reflecting the unit’s service in France as a Port Headquarters. Three scarlet bands inside the blue circle denote the three Meritorious Unit Commendations the Command received, while the motto “Freedom Through Mobility” refers to the unit’s mission of empowering the combat units it supported with transportation assets.

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