Honor Guard Company
“Better than the Best!”
United Nations Command Honor Guard Company was originally created by U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, the commander of all Allied forces in the Pacific during the final days of World War II. At that time, the company was called, “Echo Company, Headquarters and Service Group.” The company’s primary mission was to provide security and protect the general and his staff.
Following the end of World War II in 1945, the company was renamed “General MacArthur’s Honor Guard Company,” and in 1951 renamed to “United Nations Honor Guard Company.”
During the Korean War, the company maintained its primary mission to provide security and protect the UNC Commander and UNC staff and consisted of soldiers from the United States, South Korea, and international contributors: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Holland, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
Since the signing of the Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953, the company’s soldier composition by international contributors has changed, but the company’s mission remains the same, by providing security to the Commander, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. Additionally, UNC Honor Guard Company provides ceremonial guards of honor and guards to visiting dignitaries to the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. The Honor Guard Company’s current composition includes soldiers from the United States, South Korea, Thailand, and Philippines.
The primary duties for UNC Honor Guard Company include:
1. Korean War Veterans Remains Repatriation
2. Color Guard
3. Full Ceremony
4. Dignitary Visits