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#1 ASRobson



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Posted 06 April 2004 - 07:35 AM

What a week this has been for me! First I learn that my great aunt was a codebreaker with the Army Security Agency and now I've been alerted that my mom just found my grandfather's discharge papers. My father does not have any anecdotes from his dad about his wartime experience and knows very little about what he actually did so getting these papers is rather exciting. I've placed a request in to my library to get Shelby Stanton's Order of Battle for World War II and have attempted to do some of my own research on the unit, but have come up for the most part empty handed outside of a few small facts. You all are the smartest people I know in this area, so alas I have come to you.

Captain and Field Artillery Unit Commander 1193 in 955th Field Artillery Battalion

Battles and Campaigns:
Northern France

Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, OK
Left for ETO October 21, 1943
Returned October 23, 1945

Total service time: November 1942 – January 2, 1946

#2 homefront41



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Posted 06 April 2004 - 09:30 AM

Here's a good history of Field Artillery in the US Army in WW2. According to this, the 955th was a battalion of 155mm howitzers. Their use and configuration is discussed.


Other notes I found.

13.02.1945-17.02.1945 attached to the 9th ID, Old Reliable (Doug's father's Division in/around Einruhr, Rhineland
13.01.1945-07.02.1945 & 28.04.1945-08.05.1945 attached to the 1st ID, the Big Red One

#3 ASRobson



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Posted 06 April 2004 - 09:53 PM

Thanks, I truly appreciate it! So far all I can piece together is that the 955th Field Artillery Battalion was attached to a variety of different divisions and were one of the first American units in Paris. I would be indebted to anyone who could help me fill in the gaps or point me in the right direction. I don't have his discharge papers in front of me (just what my dad reports over the phone), so there very well might be important information my dad might have left out.

- Attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, OK November 1942

- Left for ETO October 21, 1943

- September 13, 1944 – October 5, 1944 – 4th ID, Ivy

- January 13, 1945 – February 7, 1945 – 1st ID, The Big Red One

- February 13, 1945 – February 17, 1945 attached to 9th ID, Old Reliable (around Einruhr, Rhineland)

- February 23, 1945 – March 13, 1945 – 2nd ID, Indianhead

- March 29, 1945 – April 28, 1945 – 69th ID

- April 28, 1945 – May 8, 1945 1st ID, The Big Red One

- Returned to US October 23, 1945

- Discharged January 2, 1946

#4 appell8



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Posted 06 April 2004 - 10:26 PM

Well, Abigail, for a glorious 4 days, your grandfather and my father were in the same outfit. And, in the meantime, he was providing arty support for some most worthy divisions, including the 4th, the 2nd, and the Big Red One.

That's a war record to be proud of.

y.o.s., Doug

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Posted 07 April 2004 - 01:47 PM

From Shelby L. Stanton’s Order Of Battle / U.S. Army World War II

955th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer Tractor Drawn)

Formed 8 Feb 43 at Fort Ethan Allen VT. (originally the 2nd Bn. 187th Field Artillery). Inactivation on 22 Dec 45 at Camp Kilmer N.J. Location at the end of the war in the ETO was Bohumilitz, Chechoslovakia.

Left New York Port of Embarkation on 21 Oct 43 and arrived in England on 3 Nov 43. Arrived in France-ETO on 16 June 44. Campaigns: Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland.

Arrived in New York P/E 21 Dec 45. (Non-division).

Hope this helps…

#6 ASRobson



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Posted 18 April 2004 - 12:03 PM

Wanted to extend a warm thank you to you all for replying and helping me out. School work has bogged my research down a bit, but I'm still working at it and getting all sorts of tidbits from surprising places!

I've done some research on the positions of many of the divisions and am slowly piecing together and mapping out the movement of the battalion through Belgium and Germany. Doug, besides being around Einruhr you wouldn't happen to know anything about those glorious four days would ya? :D

Thank you all so much! Your help is much appreciated.

Edited by ASRobson, 18 April 2004 - 12:10 PM.

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