3-4 ADAR History Essay

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Many Air Defense units today have a long history that runs deep with accolades and awards. One of these units is 3-4-ADAR. Third Battalion (Bn.) Fourth Air Defense Artillery Regiment (3-4 ADAR) is the most decorated Air Defense unit in the world. The Air Defense Branch is a relatively young branch by comparison. The ADA Branch originates from the Field Artillery Branch. AD did not become a branch of its own until technology advances made it necessary for a change. As plains started becoming a part of combat, the more need there was for AD. Our branch became its own, as air superiority became the deciding factor in winning wars.
3-4 ADAR origins of excellence begins with the War of 1812. Tensions were very high with the British
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In an effort to deal with this piracy and clear shipping routes, the United States sent the Navy to deal with the buccaneers. Btry. C participated in this conflict as navel gunfire on one of the aggressing American ships. 3-4 ADAR’s participation earned the unit a battle streamer with a bronze star authorized by the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Army Center of Military History)
Before the start of the Mexican-American War, there were only four companies equipped with light artillery. Most of their light horse artillerymen were equipped with six pound, smoothbore bronze guns. Company D, 4th Bn. (a predecessor of 3-4 ADAR) was one of these units. On 3 March 1847, three more companies became equipped as light horse artillerymen. (The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848) 3-4 ADAR participated in eight battles during the Mexican War. The battles accredited to the unit during this time are Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterey, Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Chapultepec, and Tamaulipas. (U.S. Army Center of Military History) 3-4 ADAR would be involved in several battles with the Native Americans during the American expiation. Several included those against the Creeks and Seminoles before the Civil War.
3-4 ADAR continued its strong history during the years of the Civil War as well. Company C participated in 24 separate campaigns during the Civil War. Some of these campaigns would include battles very…