No, I haven't e-mailed. Perhaps it was Yvonne Bennett from the museum. Seems we've run wa-y-y-y off track. I occasionally let my mind wander, which isn't such a good idea in my case - I've been told it's too small to be out alone. < G >
You were wondering as to the ultimate disposition of the colors and battle honors of the 893d.
The 893d was a color-bearing unit - meaning it was authorized two flags: the National color and an organizational standard. Both flags measured 3' x4' and were attached to a wooden staff of natural color approximately 9' tall (which included the chrome-plated brass ferrule and heart-shaped, point-upward spearhead which topped the staff). Both flags were made of silk trimmed with golden silk fringe. The National color was simply the Stars and Stripes with a golden fringe border.
The battalion standard is medium blue - the color for infantry - on which is centered the eagle of the National Coat of Arms, in natural color, below which is arranged, in scroll fashion, a banner or ribbon bearing the battalion's official designation: "893rd Tank Destoyer Battalion" (now "893rd Tank Battalion"). The battalion's coat of arms - a silver wyvern rampant on an azure background - replaces the Union Shield on the eagle's breat.
Unit decorations are displayed on the organizational standard only and are represented by streamers, two and three quarters inches wide and four feet in length, in distinctive colors, and are attached to the staff at the ferrule between the top edge of the flag and the spearhead. Originally silk, these have been made of rayon since the late 1950's.
Unit awards available during World War II were the Distinguished Unit Emblem (DUE) (now the Presidential Unit Citation [Army]) and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC). The DUE, equivalent of the Navy's Presidential Unit Citation, was awarded for "extraordinary heroism of a degree comparable to that for which an individual would be awarded the Medal of Honor or Distinguished Service Cross".
The MUC was awarded for "heroic or meritorious achievement of a degree comparable to that for which an individual would be awarded the Bronze Star". The DUE was - and is - a medium blue streamer with the name of the campaign or action for which the unit was cited inscribed (embroidered) in white. The MUC is scarlet and is likewise inscribed with the campaign or action for which the unit was cited.
Several foreign decorations were approved for U. S. units. Chief among these were the French Croix de Guerre (in the various classes) and the Belgian Croix de Guerre (with Palm only). These were authorized to signify that the recipient unit had been cited in the Orders of the Day of the French or Belgian Army.
A unit receiving at least two separate like citations was further eligible for (not entitled to) the Fourragere - a braided cord in the colors of the Croix de Guerre of the issuing government. The award of the Fourragere, French or Belgian, was NOT automatic. The award was specifically authorized in separate orders. Streamers were of the same dimensions as others and in the colors of the suspension and service ribbons of the respective decorations awarded individuals.
(The 893d was twice cited in the Orders of the Day of the Belgian Army for actions in Belgium, 7-13 September 1944, and in the Ardennes, 20 December 1944 to 26 January 1945. The first citation the entire battalion shared in the award to the 4h Infantry Division, to which it was attached at the time. The second citation was to Company C only for the period indicated [explaining why the battalion wasn't authorized the Belgian Fourragere].)
Campaign participation credit streamers are also the same dimensions as unit decoration streamers and are of the colors of the ribbons of the campaign and service medals issued to individuals for the same actions. They're likewise attached to the ferrule between the top edge of the flag and the spearhead.
The 893rd is entitled to the following:
1. Streamer, Croix de Guerre with Palm (Belgium) inscribed "BELGIUM" (893rd TD Battalion cited in the Orders of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium for the period 7-13 September 1944)(announced in Department of the Army General Orders 43 of 1950)
2. Streamer, Croix de Guerre with Palm (Belgium)inscribed "ARDENNES" (Company C cited in the Orders of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes for the period 20 December 1944 to 26 January 1945) (Ibid)
4. Streamer, EAME Theater inscribed "NORTHERN FRANCE" (Campaign period 25 July - 14 September 1944)
5. Streamer, EAME Theater inscribed "RHINELAND" (Campaign period 15 September - 15 December 1944 & 26 January - 21 March 1945)
6. Streamer, EAME Theater inscribed "ARDENNES-ALSACE" (Campaign period 16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945)
7. Streamer, EAME Theater inscribed "CENTRAL EUROPE" (Campaign period 22 March - 11 May 1945)
All tank detroyer battalions were initially constituted in the Regular Army or the Army of the United States. Many of those inactivated at war's end were allotted to other components such as the National Guard and Army Reserve. The colors and honors of the latter would have, officially, accompanied the respective units to their home stations.
The colors and honors of those battalions that were disbanded or reorganized and/or redesignated would have been obsolete. Officially, these woould have been returned to the issuing authority, The Quartermaster General, for disposal. However, in the confusion attendant to the dismantling of the largest army the U. S. had ever organized, a lot of "surplus" disappeared well beyond the parameters and procedures of the normal disposal processes. As stated earlier, I wouldn't be surprised if they went home with a member of the battalion. Say, the Assistant S-4 or more likely, the Battalion Supply Sergeant.
If the association is adamant about having the battalion's colors and honors, the best - and probably the only - route is to produce a replica. You can get the specifications from the Army's Institute of Heraldy and/or Center of Military History.
That's about the best I can do for you. Again, thanks for the work-out; I was getting rusty.