162d Ordnance Company Lineage: Constituted 12 June 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 162d Ordnance Platoon. Activated 23 June 1942 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. Reorganized and redesignated 28 July 1943 as the 162d Ordnance Maintenance Company, 2d Engineer Special Brigade.
The 162nd Ordnance Platoon and the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion of the 2nd Engineer Amphibian Brigade left San Francisco on 13 February 1943. They arrived in Brisbane on 8 March 1943. On 11 March 1943, both units left Brisbane by train for Rockhampton in central Queensland. On 4 July 1943, the 162nd Ordnance Platoon was redesignated as the 162nd Ordnance Maintenance Company. The 162nd Ordnance Company left Cairns by ship on 14 August 1943, in company with the 287th Signal Company headed for Oro Bay in New Guinea.
For superior performance and outstanding devotion to duty from 1 January 1944 to 30 June 1944. As a part of an Engineer Special Brigade, this company displayed untiring energy, cheerfulness and great efficiency in carrying out their assigned duties. As a result of the extended efforts of the officers and men, many new ingenious devices were developed out of salvage materials to meet urgent operational needs. Among these accomplishments were improved gun mounts and special installations of barrage rocket launchers for landing craft. These special developments proved their worth in combat operations throughout the Southwest Pacific Area. On one occasion, in order to meet an operational dead- line, this company performed, in three days, the enormous task of uncrating, assembling, checking, greasing and road testing sixteen 2 y 2 *ton trucks. The company not only worked on Brigade vehicles, instruments and armament, but also performed numerous jobs for the Air Corps and other army agencies. The officers and men displayed fine discipline and morale. This unit, at all times, maintained a high standard of appearance of personnel, installations and equipment.