Original Korean War GHQ Raider Company shoulder sleeve Insignia with RAIDER shoulder tab.
The General Headquarters (GHQ) Raider Company was formed shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War. The unit was officially designated as GHQ, 1st Raider Company (Provisional) on 5 July 1950.
Officially the unit was known as the Special Activity Group (SAG), 8227th Army Unit. Ultimately designated as the X Corps Raider Company (8245th Army Unit).
Beginning in late July 1950, the 1st Raider Company was recruited from soldiers assigned to GHQ Far East Command, 720th Military Police Battalion and other Tokyo based units. Of those that volunteered for this assignment, 125 enlisted soldiers and six officers were selected. The soldiers selected included one officer and seven soldiers of General MacArthur's Honor Guard.
The unit formed at Camp McGill, outside of Yokosuka Japan in early August 1950 and began intensive training.
On 12 September 1950 the 1st Raider Company conducted its first combat operation, a deception mission on a small island at the mouth of Kunsan Bay. The missions intent was to draw North Korean troops from the Inchon area where an invasion was planned for 15 September 1950. The Company incurred three casualties and was awarded the Navy Presidential Unit Citation.
The 1st Raider Company is believed to be the only unit in continues combat during its days in Korea.