Thanks, Grace. As usual, I end up feeling a little silly. The applications for headstones from 1963 to 1970 were only added to Ancestry.com on October 15, 2020. I didn't recheck before I posted my question after initially researching it last month! As I suspected, what was on the application and what ended up on the headstone is not the same. Traf being turned into TFC was critical. Now, I'm pretty sure that the unit is 16th Traffic Regulation Battalion. I found references to Traffic Regulatory Battalions, Traffic Patrol Regulation Battalion or Traffic Regulation Battalions elsewhere.
The TFC is not on my list of abbreviations possibly "Training Force Commander" ?
REG is Regular, not Regiment, so the last 3 groups are Regular Battalion Transportation Corps.
Texas Military Forces Museum
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I believe the inscription refers to the 16th Traffic Regulation Battalion, Transportation Corps.
Traffic Regulation Battalions performed what is now called transportation management functions. This meant that they did not control the actual conveyers of logistics material (like truck companies), but rather they had oversight of the transportation process that got needed material to combat units.
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Thanks, it is. With the unit ID figured out, you answered my next question before I could ask it!
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Dear Mr. Silverman,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
The unit identification is the 16th Traffic Regulation Battalion, Transportation Corps. Traffic regulation units are mentioned in the Transportation Corps, Movements, Training, and Supply manual from the U.S. Army Center for Military History.
We have searched the National Archives online catalog and located the series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that included the file unit 16th Transportation Command Regulation Battalion: History. We were unable to locate a specific reference to the 16th Traffic Regulation Battalion. We also searched the World War II Operations Reports, 1940 - 1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 16th Traffic Regulation Battalion. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com.
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