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a little more on the F.A. battalions

August 12 2011 at 10:19 PM
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Alice W.  (no login)

Response to Re: Commendation for Btry F, 244th REGT, Coast Artillery


Sorry, probably I should have specified: the Americal Division's 245th, 246th, and 247th F.A. Battalions that went to Guadalcanal were equipped with 105mm howitzers. The only exception I know of was the 246's K Battery, provided early on with British 25-pounders, rather lighter than the standard U.S. 105mm piece; this battery is often seen in the literature with "Provisional" appended to it. Significantly, perhaps, it was the first battery of the three battalions sent to The Island, where it served initially to provide artillery support for the 147th Infantry Regiment, which was NOT part of the Americal Division.


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