Where possible, they could set the scope on a fixed target (e.g. Please email at the address provided in my profile. Unit structure was evaluated, standard operating procedures were rewritten, and new technologies came on line. Usually, two men were sent out. 1 gunner on a 105mm (M2). There are some resources on the 666th as well as a book that was published. Great close-up of a crewman adding a propellant charge to a 155mm howitzer. Organized 27 July 1885 in the Colorado National Guard as Company C, 1st Regiment Infantry (Greeley Guards). Thx. In the first two years of the war, the 105mm self-propelled and 75mm howitzer were their main weapons. I read the above about the communication, wire and phones. Fires Fifty #32: High standards, positive outlook, and excellence are contagious. Most recently, the battalion deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Any information, no matter how little helps, so I would very much appreciate it. I have some info. Junior commanders were expected to use their own initiative. Type in 83rd Infantry Division. Last week we found a Facebook group for the 200th and sent them a mail about if they knew of the book as it might mention my grandad. Shells were usually shipped in pallets, with eight shells per pallet. How can one find a unit history? TRADOC 1992. The term Red Leg began in the Civil War, First during the Kansas border wars and then the Army adapted it later. I passed your name along. LTC Fuller was commissioned into the United States Army Field Artillery Branch through the United States Military Academy in … Many of the other non-firing battery assignments came with a multitude of dangers and nowhere was that more illustrated than for the men of the wire section of HQ Battery. A 155mm battalion had approximately 550 enlisted men with 30 officers, with each battery having around 120 men. If you copy this link into the web this is the small booklet I mentioned. Should have something for you in a few weeks. The SS then opened fire with machine guns and bazookas killing my granddad and PFC Lusk with the other two managing to escape. Gimme a couple of weeks. Regardless of the theater in which they operated, the branch was able to put all of these innovations into use. There was no place to hide. Me again. During WW2, it fought in the islands of Saipan and Okinawa. CJ Kelly (author) from the PNW on September 15, 2016: Nancy,the 908th was part of the 83rd Infantry Division during WWII. His name was Gayle W. Huston and he died in 1975. CJ Kelly (author) from the PNW on September 25, 2019: Hi Mike, I think I still have the info. The unit was organized at Corozal Canal Zone on 10 July 1918. I assumed because of the increase to 6 guns that there were more observers, but I was not sure if the 3 FO was a standard. ABMC Headquarters 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 500 Arlington, VA 22201 Phone: 703-584-1501 My dad was a wire corporal with the 268th FA 8in gun. I have found them with XX Corps in the 204th FA Group from March through the end of war with Germany, but I can't find them from Normandy across France. A group was usually assigned from two to six battalions. I also have a Kemper Military School paper that said he was with battery A of the 666th. I am hoping to find any information about my Dad's service and whether my Dad could entitled to this award plus the Army of Occupation Medal. Many of the men who were replacements in the final 6-8 months of the war were from ASTP units back in the States. The Field Artillery OCS at Fort Sill (one of three during the war) produced 25,993 second lieutenants during the war years,which included over 3500 ROTC cadets who had completed between six and eight semesters of ROTC. I guess we will all be pursuing our parents for the rest of our lives. Very informative! Then during the Civil War, the artillery branch began the practice of having red stripes down the side of their pants to distinguish from the infantry (who still wear blue). I just missed a man who served under my dad, died two weeks before I found him, but I have at least one of his descendants and hope to talk to her. I know he also went to Edgewood Arsenal at some point (I don't know my own history!). You can contact several folks there. Their Division was the 2nd Infantry Division aka as the Indianheads. I have seen them, but I hope to add them to my You Tube channel soon. Because he was an officer, there was a lot of paper work that mentioned him, but much of it was repetitious, mostly lists of soldiers in the B Battery as they changed over time. U.S. Field Artillery in World War II. The assignments were made back in the States and continued upon deployment. The version of the 155mm they're using was modfied the next year. Fine article. This indicated that the break was somewhere between where they were and the location of the last “Okay” call. Forward observation team near Cherbourg, France, June 1944. Crew of 105mm (M2). The groups began forming in 1943. We took a trip last fall to the areas where both of my parents were during the war (my mother was a nurse at an evacuation hospital closest to the Battle of the Bulge, outside Liege), and Myra found wonderful information for me on where my father was at various times, places we visited, like a farmhouse command post, and a church where he was observing as it was being shelled. The official facebook page of 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Thank you. But Fort Sill might be come through for me. I believe. The official facebook page of 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery Advanced Individual Training (AIT). 515th Field Artillery Battalion Click on "Intro Movie" to view movie or click on "Main Page" to go to the main page! The jungle environment created unique problems for observers because of the tree canopy. He was in Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. I will keep at it. I do know that he landed in England February 26, 1944 and France on June 14, 1944. He was discharged in NYC on December 26, 1945. Included in the operations platoon was an instrument and survey section along with a meteorological section. I did not see you mention, so I'm assuming you have not seen it. Like Ms. Southall, my father was in two different FABs, and someone at the 83rd site said that because he, my dad, was regular army (West Point), he would be staying for the Occupation, which he did, for another year, and that's about when the change occurred, I think, from the 908 to the 323. Hi Mr. Kelly- I did not have much luck on the 4th Infantry Division Association Page in finding anything on the 20th Field Artillery Batallion- do you have any other page suggestions- any advice is much appreciated! Quatre Field Artillery Battalion étaient rattachés à chaques divisions d'infanterie US. The skills of these men also translated into high quality artillery observers. Army Center for Military History (See U. Lee's The Employment of Negro Troops). The shells had lifting rings attached at their nose during shipment, and they had to be removed to install the fuse. I've been to the area. This way the additional fire support went where it was needed quickly. Obtaining information and reports from non-divisional battalions is extremely difficult as the National Archives has not formally cataloged their after actions and daily rosters. 1. He died in 1984. In 1923,… But they were part of the infantry regiment, and used at the discretion of the regimental CO. CJ Kelly (author) from the PNW on September 19, 2016: Thx Greener. He may have landed in Scotland. His name was George Irwin Brown and we have since found out he was a Master Sergeant with the 200th Field Artillery Battalion and was from Slippery Rocks, Pennsylvania. 105mm crew preparing the shells during training exercise. We did learn the story of when he was wounded by a landmine near Monchau while looking for a break in the wire. I'm not finding information about the 325th FA after that. One or more of the battalions of a group might be attached for direct support to an individual division. Distribution Restriction: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Mention of how important to the success of the artillery was the role of the Liaison aircraft. My father just passed away last week and I've been trying to find out about the actual unit he served in. The regiment served within the continental limits of the United States during World War I and was demobilized on February 9th, 1919 at Camp McClellan, Alabama. Thanks! May 8th, Liberation Day Celebration. He's to the right of the breech responsible for elevating the gun and attaching the firing pin. 240mm gun being towed by M33 tractor, Italy 1943 or 1944. By the way I spent 3 months in the Punchbowl and fired only "high angle" fire - artillerymen seldom ever fire "high angle" so this was a unique experience - the max ord on a high angle round can be as much as 16,000 feet in altitude. Officially, it was called the M12A2 panoramic telescope. His MOS, according to his discharge papers, was Fire Control Instrument Operator (645). The bits and pieces I have seem to point to him being in the 325th FA 84th Infantry Division Railsplitters. FDCs also exist in the next higher parent battalion that "owns" two to four artillery batteries. 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