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328TH Field Artillery Battalion
This is a
8 X 34 inch group photo of Battery C of
Field Artillery Battalion. Photo was taken at Fort Dix just
to their embarking for North Africa on December 24, 1943. The 85th
Custer Division had spent about 3 months in Fort Dix, as best as I
can determine, after leaving desert training in California in October
traveling across the US.
large format, the photo was divided into 3 composites with some
Each section can be viewed up close to see faces. Click to
and photo will open in a seperate window.
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Details of each Composite
1 - Left section shows the Photo ID number.
section starts where there is a gap in the 1st Row. This section
contains the officers.
Battery Commander, Lt. Bill Dempsey, is the officer to left of the tallest officer in center of front row.
The officer that is 2nd from left appears to be Lt. George Brehm. The 6th is Lt. B.B. Darnell.
section begins with a gap in the 2nd row.
Pvt Joseph Tulka was identified on the 1st Row, 10th from the Left, by his son Thomas Vaghini.
to the original photo
No info marked on this photo. The scan may have clipped off any info on the bottom of the photo.
I hope to get more information on this photo and the soldiers in it.
During the last days of the war, the infantry was moving so rapidly, that the Germans had to surrender to artillerymen.
328th FA Bn, Battery C, believes it chalked up a record for the highest number of PWs captured in a day by any one firing battery. 89 prisoners in 24 hours isn’t a bad haul for artillerymen. The prisoners were brought in by Sgt Charlie Glidden, T/4 James Hill, T/5 John Kleckner, Pfc Charles Shipley, Pfc A. J. Wyatt, Pfc Pete Ingoglia, Pvt Lester Strawn and Pvt George Bush.
~~quoted from Custer Combateer, Vol 1, No. 3, May 1945
This was a newspaper printed for the soldiers after the war ended.
A studio portrait of Corporal William E. Brooks,
taken in Rome in 1944.
Corporal Brooks served in Battery C originally
but later transferred to Battery B.
Photos courtsey of Susan McIntosh, daughter of Corporal Brooks.
Corporal Brooks posing with a 105mm Howitzer stowed ready for transport.
FA Officer - A group photo of most of the officers that served
in the 328th FA
Includes a roster and their duty assignments.
HQ Battery 1919 - A group photo of this same
unit taken after World War 1.
The following Group photos of the other batteries within 328 FA.
Battery B Battery C Service Battery
Photo of Bill Dempsey while he was attending Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, OK.
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