In honor of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps’ 72nd birthday, here are 5 facts about the third smallest branch in the Army.
FACT 1) The Transportation Corps is responsible for moving supplies, troops and equipment anywhere on the globe. During war, the Transportation Corps utilizes trucks, boats and airplanes to provide extremely fast support to the combat teams on the front lines.
FACT 2) “Spearhead of Logistics” is the motto of the Transportation Corps.
FACT 3) Within three years of its existence, the Transportation Corps had moved more than 30 million Soldiers within the continental U.S. and roughly 7 million Soldiers and 126 million tons of supplies overseas by the end of World War II.
FACT 4) “Destination — Berlin!” is a small booklet covering the history of the Transportation Corps. This booklet is one of the series of G.I. Stories published by the Stars & Stripes in Paris in 1944-1945. The stories included photos, articles, & research on the European Theater in World War II.
FACT 5) The branch insignia of the Transportation Corps (see below) consists of the wheel (which is on a rail) symbolizing rail transportation, the wing symbolizing air transportation, a mariner’s helm for water transportation, and a US highway marker shield for land transportation.