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Commendation for Btry F, 244th Bn, Coast Artillery

August 11 2011 at 9:44 PM
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I have an official letter dated 7 Dec, 1942, from the Commanding General, First Marine Division, commending F Battery, 244th CA. Is mentions the unit arriving (does not say where) on 2 NOV, 1942, when the "enemy was shelling the airfield with paralyzing effect." It says the unit "greatly assisted in the neutralization and ultimate silencing of the enemy batteries, thus restoring our airfield to normal operations."

I also have an official order ("extract") dated 11 Feb 1943, from the Commanding General, Americal Division Artillery, commending Battery B, 259th CA, for "outstanding service in the attack against the Mt Austin and Mataniikau positions and the pursuit of the enemy to Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal" Nov 15 1942 to Feb 9 1943.

I also have a general order redesignating the 244th CA Bn to be the 259th Separate CA Bn, dated 19 Jan, 1943, so I believe F Btry 244th is the same unit as B Btry 259th (same personnel in both).

QUESTION: Does anyone know about F Btry's operations securing the airfield in Nov 1942? How was a 155mm coast artillery unit employed against "enemy batteries"?

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