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Photo by Hal Barker. Copyright 1989.

The 424th was 8th Army Artillery assigned to the
9th Corps. We were 8 inch artillery and thus not assigned to any one
division or regiment. There were three 8 inch outfits in Korea. We
covered approximately 50 miles of the central front with the other two
outfits covering the eastern front and western front.

Our newsletter, THE HOWITZER, is about the activity of the battalion
members both then and now. It probably will not be of much interest
to anyone outside the 424th but we'd appreciate being listed anyway.



Casualty information




From: Edward A. Bicknell
Subject: 424th Field Artillery Battalion

I am looking for a list of all casualities in the 424th Field Artillery
Battalion. Can you help locate this information?

Looking for names and addresses of anyone who served with the 424th FA
Bn or 213th FA Bn between August 1950 and December 1954.

Also looking for first names of Aman and Ford who were captured while on
op duty in Kumhwa Valley in July 1953 at the same time 1st Lt Frank
Wilkinson was KIA.

Thank you.

Edward A. Bicknell

----from the KWP---

We forwarded the pertinent information to Ed to be included in his fine
Newsletter, The Howitzer. Despite Ed's modesty,
the newsletter is bringing unit members together and represents a fine
tribute to the unit.

Subscribe to the Howitzer at:
The Howitzer
Edward A Bicknell
19 Myrtle Ave
South Portland, ME 04106-1617

Website:



Unit History, "The Iron Triangle"



The fine book on the unit has been featured on the KWP Bookseller site.

Order from Ed Bicknell.


This book was self-published for the benefit of the interested members
of the 424th FA Bn. I had to have a second printing because a number of
other folks became interested. Several schools from Maine to Colorado
bought copies for their history department although I pointed out that
I'm not an historian.

If any Korean vets are interested in acquiring a copy they should mail
their check:

$35.00 (the cover price is $45)
$ 3.00 (Priority Mail postage)
$38.00

Payable to:   Edward A. Bicknell
         19 Myrtle Ave.
         So. Portland, ME 04106-1618


See: Bookstore









38 Messages

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Entry: 87267
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
WHEN IS NEXT REUNION

THOMAS CALANO SR. wrote on September 23, 2013


City and State: YORTOWN VA

Unit: 424 FA BATTALION (8 TOW) B BATTERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Contact son at e-mail address above.
Thanks,
Retired SGM Thomas R. Calano


Keywords: Korea Sept. 1951 to Dec. 1952 Kumwa Valley.
Still alive and kicking. When is
the next reunion, for the 424 FA Battalion.



Entry: 86659
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
TYLER GOODMAN LOOKING FOR KENNETH WAGNER AND GILBERT GONZALES AIR SECTION 52 AND 53

TYLER GOODMAN wrote on July 7, 2013


City and State:

Unit: 937 FIELD ARTILLERY AIR SECTION/HDQ. AIR SECTION

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: KOREAN CHOW NO GOOD
GI CHOW A NUMBER 1
DO YOU REMEMBER THIS?
TYLER GOODMAN, TUCSON, AZ
IF YOU KNOW KENNETH WAGNER OR GILBERT GIL GONZALES, PLEASE CALL
Looking forward to hearing from you


Keywords: CHO'RWAN KOREA
KUMHWA KOREAN
937 FIELD ARTILLERY AIR SECTION L-19 OBSERVATION
424 ARTILLERY UNIT AIR SECTION
WAGNER
GONZALES
GOODMAN
TYLER
38TH PARALLEL
FALL 1952
WINTER 1952
SPRING 1953
JULY 27 1953
PAK



Entry: 85972
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
DAD NEVER WOULD TALK ABOUT HIS SERVICE BUT NOW I HAVE HIS DD214 424FA BN

HANK ONEILL wrote on April 14, 2013


City and State: CA

Unit: 611ASUS

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I would like any and all information and pictures you may have of the
424th Field Artillery Battalion 8 Guns in Korea from July 1951 to
November 1952. I want to learn as much as I can.
My Dad was there, as a connoneer after going to wheeled vehicle
mechanic school at Ft Polk, LA, and nver would talk about it.

I am retired USAF E-8 Communications SMSgt.

Thank you!


Keywords:


Entry: 84860
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN, MEMBER

JOHN DANIELS wrote on December 1, 2012


City and State: GREENSBORO NC

Unit: 424TH. FIELD ARTILLERY BN, SERVICE BATTERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I joined the 424th. in January 1951 at Camp Polk, La.
Proceeded through basic and Battalion training and
shipped to Korea in Nov. 1951. Moved up to the Kumhwa
Valley area and the Battalion stayed there until I
left Korea in Nov. 1952. We participared in several
well known battles in that area with tremendous
supporting firepower of our 8 inch howeritzers About
45 guys from my home town and area went into the
424th. at the same time and stayed together until
returning home. Our history is docummented in Edward
A. Bicknell's book THE IRON TRIANGLE. I supplied some
data and pictures for the book.


Keywords: Nickname: Sweets
Campaings: Winter 1951, Spring 1952, Summer 1952
Kumhwa Valley,
Personal Friends: Pfc Claudie Flower, Staff Sgt.
Harvey Walker
Unit assigned to IX Corps., 8th. Army



Entry: 84068
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MY FATHER

PAUL ALACHOYAN wrote on September 2, 2012


City and State: SOUTH GRAFTON MA

Unit: C BATTERY 424TH FEILD ARTILLARY

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I only know the unit he served in.His eardrums were
blown out and he became an interpreter for a mash
unit after that.He served in 1951 and 1952.His name
was George Alachoyan but everyone knew him as Frenchy.


Keywords:


Entry: 83644
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
B BATTERY 424 FIELD ARTILLARY BATTALION *TH ARMY

ROBERT KAHLER JR. wrote on July 15, 2012


City and State: ELY IA

Unit: 424 FIELD ARTILLARY BATILION BATERY B

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Would like to get in touch with my friends I served with.

Keywords: "MOON" nickname Bob


Entry: 80993
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW CURTIS LEE EVANS

DONA EVANS wrote on November 11, 2011


City and State: TAMPA FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: Looking for anyone who knew my dad Curtis Lee Evans.
Served Feb 1953 to Christmas 1953. He was from West
Virginia. Thanks



Entry: 80731
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424

MARTIN KNAPP wrote on October 17, 2011


City and State: EAST BOOTHBAY ME

Unit: BATTERY B 424 FH

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: looking for info

Keywords: ralph knapp


Entry: 76156
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
FRIENDS OF HAROLD L. GASKINS

PAUL GASKINS wrote on September 14, 2010


City and State: BRISTOL TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father Harold L. Gaskins passed away March 9, 2009. I am his son and have been researching his army history. If anyone out there knew my Dad, I would love to hear from you. His Korea service was primarily in the Kumwha Valley region during '52, '53. Thanks.

Keywords: SG Harold L. ("Hooch")Gaskins of 424th FAB


Entry: 75981
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
LOOKING FOR INFO ON MY GRANDFATHER

SAM OLLIS wrote on August 30, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for anyone who knew my Grandfather, William B.
Hess Jr. (Pvt-2)


Keywords: HQ Btry 424th Field Arty Bn Korea


Entry: 72398
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
LOCATE C BATTERY 424 FA BTN APRIL 53

DONALD VECCHIE wrote on November 18, 2009


City and State: FT MYERS FL

Unit: C BATTERY 424TH FA BTN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Would like to find anyone who was in Charlie Battery in its 2 gun forward position on the after midnight morning of April 19 1953 who was serving with my brother Ronald Vecchie when he was killed in action from an artillery attack on our position.

Don Vecchie


Keywords:


Entry: 71822
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424TH. FIELD ARTILLERY BATALLION

FRANK PFISTER wrote on October 2, 2009


City and State: MCKEES ROCKS PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I am sending this information for my neighbor who served with the 424th F. A. B. in Korea. I served with the 8th. Cav., 1953, Hokkaido, Camp Crawford

Keywords:


Entry: 64138
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
INFORMATION ON MY UNCLE APPRECIATED

JOHN GROVES wrote on February 3, 2008


City and State: LOCKPORT NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I'm looking for anyone who knew my uncle, Max Thomson,
from Kingsley, IA. He passed away in 1991. He served
with the 424th FA Bn during 1952-1953. If anyone who
served with him would like to contact me and tell me
a little about Max, I would greatly appreciate it. I
never had the opportunity to talk with him about his
service to our country. If I haven't submitted enough
information to go on, please let me know. There is a
possibility that he was with "Battery B"[?], but I
cannot confirm this. Thank you.
Regards,
John Groves


Keywords: 424th FA Bn 1952-1953


Entry: 58313
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424 AUG '53 - NOV '54

RICHARD STELTER wrote on July 31, 2006


City and State: BUFORD GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Drafted Friday Feb 13, 1953. Learned survey in Ft Sill, OK. Truce was signed as our ship approached Korea, diverted to Sasebo, Japan. Went to CBR school in EtaJima, then to 424Hq with a group I trained with. Surveyed fall back and practice firing positions. Lived in squad tents, like 'MASH'. Introduced control line model airplanes to Hq personnel. Played poker in the fire direction bunker. Cold winters. Hot humid summers. 'Honey bucket' smells in spring. Beer rations. Saw Marilyn Monroe in the Artilery Bowl. NCO school. Built the officer's club fireplace. Helped train the 833 ROK to take control of the 'BIG 8s' in 1954. Inactive reserves Dec 2, 1954. Feared recall to Viet Nam. Engineering school on the GI bill. Returned to So. Korea in 1973 to run a Korean Corp, 900 employees, stayed 4 years. Was VP of the Seoul Lions Club. Couldn't find the Kumwha valley location. Does anyone remember me? See you at the 17th reunion in Gettysburg Sept 7, 2006.

Keywords: Kumwha, Joe Higginbotham, Edwin Dokter, Pat Smith


Entry: 57908
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
MEMBER C BTRY 424TH 1954 TO 1955

OSCAR W. HALL wrote on June 30, 2006


City and State: DENVER CO

Unit: C BTRY 424TH FA - C BTRY 213TH FA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I went to Korea in October 1953. Was assigned to C Btry 213th FA. About October 1954 transferred to C Btry 424th FA. Served as Chief of Sect and Chief of Firing Battery. Was with the 424th when it was transferred to Camp Drake, Japan in 1954. Rotated back to the CONUS July 1954. Assigned to 8th Inf Div at Fort Carson, Co. Joined USAF in 1956.

Keywords: Lt. Martin, Battery CO, Msgt Howard 1st Sgt, Pvt Grady Sudds, Pvt Harry Moses, Pvt Ulysses Bell


Entry: 53081
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
HELP

THOMAS C. HANES wrote on September 9, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: TUCSON AZ

Unit: 424 FA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I got a responce but my cmoputer ate the email. Please send again. I would like to subscribe to the HOWITZER.
Have some pictures of 424.


Keywords: HQS BTRY, SERVICE BTRY, C BTRY 424 1954


Entry: 53032
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
C BATTERY OF THE 424

THOMAS C. HANES wrote on September 5, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: TUCSON AZ

Unit: 424 FA

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I came to the 424 in March of 54. Was at Hqs Btry briefly, then Service Battery and finally Charlie Battery. Serve under Alfred Deloach Maritn 1st Lt and BC. We were the only two officers in the battery. I helped train the KATUSA to operate our guns and then turned the guns over to them. I was then transferred to Baker of the 8th FA.

Keywords:


Entry: 51252
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
MY FATHER WAS IN BATTERY B 424 FH FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALLION RALPH KNAPP

MARTIN KNAPP wrote on May 31, 2005


City and State: EAST BOOTHBAY ME

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: my dad served from 11-4-1950 till 11-13-1952


Entry: 49471
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
C BTRY OF THE 424TH FA BA. FIRE DIR. CHIEF

DAVID ELSON wrote on March 9, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: CO

Unit: 424

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: CPL Willis S. Elson from Snyder Colorado:

My father was a Fire Direction Chief / Chief Computer Serving July 1954, Korea.

From what I understand, he was a forward observer for some time before this. His FO position was discovered and enemy artillery killed his partner (radio op?). He was separated from his unit for about two weeks behind enemy lines (I guess the DMZ shifted?). He was reported missing in action and returned to his unit just in time to intercept the outgoing notification of MIA to his parents.

This is all I know. He passed away in Oct of 2000. He spoke very little of his service, and I'm attempting to find out as much as I can. Any and all help would be appreciated including hearing from anyone who served with him, books reccomendations, web links etc.

Thanks in advance and God Bless our War Vets.


Keywords: forward observer, heartbreak, field artillary


Entry: 47796
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
2005 REUNION 424TH FA BN

EDWARD A. BICKNELL wrote on December 29, 2004


City and State: SOUTH PORTLAND ME

Unit: 424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: The 424th Field Artillery Battalion was activated in September 1950 and deployed to Korea in 1951. It served in the Kumhwa Valley under IX Corps until late 1954. The battalion has been having annual reunions since 1990 with the 2005 reunion to be in Nashville, Tennessee this coming September 8-10. For further information Email me at the above Email address or write to the address given.

Keywords: Camp Rucker, Camp Polk, Kumhwa Valley, Hill 770, Capitol Hill, Whitehorse Hill, Kumsong Salient, 8-inch howitzer


Entry: 45891
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
LOOKING FOR INFO ON B BATTERY

WILLIAM MERWIN wrote on September 19, 2004


City and State: BEACONS FALLS CT

Unit: 424 BAFM BATTERY B

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Im looking to contact any of these three people. If you know anything about them or pertaining to this unit please contact the number provided or email address. It would be greatly appreciated.

Keywords: Robert Hatcher- Master SGT
Wilbert Odrway
Srgt Ralph Petruzzi



Entry: 43642
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
THOMAS JOURDAN HASTINGS, KILLED DECEMBER 31, 1951

THOMAS HASTINGS wrote on June 8, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State: ARLINGTON VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I'm looking for any information about my uncle, Thomas Jourdan Hastings. Uncle Thomas was from Hillsborough (formerly Hillsboro), North Carolina, and was born on August 19, 1929. Heserved in Battery C, and was killed on December 31, 1951, when his truck either ran over a land mine or was bombed. I'm named after him, and was born after he died, and know almost nothing about him. Any information, personal reflections, etc. would be greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,
Thomas Hastings
Arlington, VA


Keywords:


Entry: 43175
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424TH

DON DUQUETTE wrote on May 20, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I'm the editor of our KWVA chapter newsletter. I'd like to know
when the 424th arrived in Korea and when it departed Korea.
Thanks!


Keywords:


Entry: 37009
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
C BATTERY

GLENN SMITH wrote on September 19, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Looking for anyone who knew John Lynn who served with C Battery in Korea between October 1951 to October 1952. Mr. Lynn can be contacted at

9500 SILVERBEND DR
DADE CITY,FL 33525

Phone: 352-518-9177


Keywords: C Battery


Entry: 36872
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
VETERANS FROM 1953 TO 1954

VICKIE CURTIS MIDDLEBROOKS wrote on September 11, 2003


City and State: FLINTSTONE GA

Unit: 454TH FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: MY FATHER, GEORGE L. CURTIS, JR., WAS IN THE KOREAN WAR FROM APRIL 1953 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1954.
HE WAS STATIONED IN KUMHWAM,KOREA. HE WASN'T IN BATTLE LONG, HIS TANK WAS HIT BY FIRE AND HE WAS
HIT AND THROWN IN A DITCH AND WASN'T FOUND FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS. HE WAS THEN PUT IN A HOSPITAL AND WAS IN A COMA FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.
HE EVENTUALLY GOT OK AND WAS RELEASED TO COME HOME. HE AND I WERE LOOKING AND FOUND THIS WEB SITE AND WAS JUST WONDERING IF THERE MIGHT BE SOMEONE OUT THERE THAT WAS IN THE SAME REGIMENT
OR BATTALION. IF SO, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM
YOU. I AM HIS DAUGHTER, VICKIE, AND HE IS 71 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR AND DOING WONDERFUL. JUST GETTING OLDER, BUT IS STILL VERY ACTIVE. HE WAS
SO EXCITED WHEN WE FOUND THIS WEBSITE. PLEASE WRITE BACK IF ANYONE SEES THIS MESSAGE. IT WOULD PLEASE HIM GREATLY.
HE WAS IN THE HEADQUARTERS BATTALION. WE ARE JUST LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN CONNECTED WITH THIS GROUP OF GUYS. THANKS FOR THE WEBSITE, IT'S GREAT!


Keywords: FRIENDS: FRANK RAINES, RICHARD FRYE, LARRY DETNERS


Entry: 35863
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
RAEL FROM NEW MEXICO

MARTY RAEL wrote on July 27, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: My father tells me of an accident his unit had while heading north along a river. Another unit was traveling the opposite direction when an 8'' houser and "track" my dad was in began sliding down the river bank. My Father was the last to jump from the vehicle before it rolled over into the freezing water. One man was thrown from the vehicle and killed. If anyone knows of this incident, has photos of this unit and or maps of the travels of this unit I would like to talk to you.

Keywords:


Entry: 35185
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424TH 8' SAVED MY FATHER IN KOREA 14-20 JULY 1953

JOHN R. CARPENTER wrote on June 30, 2003


City and State: LA MESA CA

Unit: CUT OFF AMERICANS ON HILL 433

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father was saved by the 424th 8" FAB during the last Chinese Offensive of the Korean War. This from 14 to 20 July 1953 during the Battle of the Kumsong Salient.

If any one know the names of the FAC team that was on Hill 433 during that time, please let me know.

I have placed what I know on the following web page:

http://members.cox.net/lostbastards/index.htm

Many Thanks to the 424th!

John R. Carpenter
La Mesa, CA


Keywords: Battle of the Kumsong Salient, ROK Capital Division, ROK 26th Infantry Regiment, Iron Ridge, Hill 433, 424th FAB, 8 inch towed artillery, Lost Bastards


Entry: 33549
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424TH FA PHOTOS

MERLENE TIRONE wrote on April 11, 2003


City and State: NH

Unit: 424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN 'B' BATTERY

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I have entered many photos of "B" battery at http://community.webshot.com/user/dmt821
I will be putting more in within the next 5 days. Please visit them, and if you are in any of them, or konw of anyone who is, or was in the 424th FA Bn "B" battery, please let me know. My brother, Pfc Leon Bagley,(aka Bing or Binger) from NH is looking for anyone who was in with him. He remembers a few names, C.O. Starke, Loper, Campbell, Berelli, Brown, Diaz, Oakley.....


Keywords: Pfc Bagley, 1951 - 1953


Entry: 30371
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
INFO ON 1/17TH ARTILLERY, CAMP MCINTIRE 1968

PHIL VANDEGRIFT wrote on December 13, 2002


City and State: TULARE CA

Unit: 1/17TH ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: TRYING TO FIND ROOSTER OF 1/17 ARTILLERY INFO 1968-69. CAMP MACINTIRE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE IN OPERATION ANY LONGER.

Keywords:


Entry: 27996
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
HERMAN AUSTEN

STEVEN AUSTEN wrote on September 3, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I'm looking for information regarding my father, Herman Austen. I believe he served in the 424th. Also, his fraternal twin brother, Howard Austen, served as well, but I don't know if they stayed in the same unit. Any comments/information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Steven Austen


Keywords:


Entry: 27760
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THOSE WHO WERE STATIONED IN JAPAN 1954-1955

ROY MCMAHON wrote on August 22, 2002


City and State:

Unit: HDQTRS BATTERY--SUPPLY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 27597
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
8' HOWT. SAVED MY FATHER WHEN CUT OFF ON STEEL RIDGE JULY 1953

JOHN R. CARPENTER wrote on August 15, 2002


City and State: LA MESA CA

Unit: ONE OF THE AMERICANS WITH RADAR WHO BECAME A 2ND L

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: 8 inch Howitzer fire support saved the nights and many morings for the ROK Capital Division bunker complex my father (an American with 30 other Americans and about 190 ROKs) was in from July 13 to 22 July 1953. They were cut off and surrounded. Only the 8 inch batteries could give them fire support for the first week.

WHICH 8 inch group provided this support? They were east of the Heartbreak and Bloody Ridge area and west of the Punch bowl on Steel Ridge.

During the last Chinese offensive in July 1953, The ROK Army took the burnt of the offensive. The ROK Capital Division began to fall back but was hit by enemy forces at this time causing units to fall back farther than intended. One of the 21 strong points survived because of Lt. Col Kim. He rallied those ROK soldiers who were willing to fight into the bunker complex. Inside this bunker complex was an American 3 man FAC (forward air controller) and an American 28 man unit testing battlefield radar with AA weapons. The combination of guts, leadership with a little bit of help by air and 8 inch artillery support guided by radar at night and in the fog, saved this unit from being wiped out.


Keywords: Kumsong Salient, Steel Ridge ROK Capital (Tiger) Division, ROK 26th Infantry Regiment, cut off and surrounded by the enemy. 13 July to 21 July 1953


Entry: 26811
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424 FA BN IN KOREA AND JAPAN - PICTURES

MICHAEL COYNE wrote on July 7, 2002


City and State: RESTON VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was a medic in the 424 FA Bn during its final months in Korea and for some 17 months during its stay in Japan (as the 268 FA Bn).

If anyone is interested in pictures of the Battalion during that time see my web site at http://mywebpages.comcast.net/coynem/howitzer.html

Michael Coyne
Reston, VA
mcoyne@his.com


Keywords: 424 FA Bn., 268 FA Bn., 8-inch towed howitzer


Entry: 22807
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424TH DURING KUMSONG SALIENT

JIM L. (JIMMIE) CLARK wrote on January 31, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: CHICAGO IL

Unit: HQ/937TH F.A. BN.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I am writing an article regarding the UN Artillery
bns. who were the main defense during the last
battle of the Korean War, (Kumsong) north of
Kumhwa. I was with the 937th f.A. Bn. (155mm
Gun/self propelled (Arkansas Long Toms) who were
alongside the 424th most of the time in Korea.
Am looking for the coordinates on the battle maps
for your C P and the firing batteries, 13-27 July
so that I can plot them on the map. Any memories
of the occasion I would like to have e mailed.
C.S.M.O. Jim Clark/Chicago NewfordFDC@ao


Keywords: KUMSONG SALIENT, 13-20 July 1953


Entry: 17025
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
A COUPLE COMMENTS

JOE CUSUMANO wrote on June 1, 2001


City and State: RICHMOND VA

Unit: 424 FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Never haveing been assigned to a gun I performed many duties and was ordered to an "OP" but was replaced by Pvt.Aman,who I had trained with in Camp Polk. The Lt.was killed and Pvt.Aman and Pvt.Ford were captured. Pvt.Aman was one of the first released at Panmunjon after the truce.I eventually was transfered to Hdq.in the personell division and stayed in Korea untill Aug.1954.

Keywords: The Iron Triangle


Entry: 15204
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
424TH REUNION AT WEST POINT, NY

CHARLES BIASOTTI wrote on February 25, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit: 424TH FIELD ARTILLERY-B BATTERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Attention Members and families of the 424th Field Artillery Bn - The 12th Annual Reunion is
August 23-26, 2001 at the United States Military Academy At West Point, NY. To include Memorial Service at Old Cadet Chapel/luncheon, tours and Sat. Banquet at Officers Club.
Registration forms being sent out first week in March 2001. If you do not receive one and would like to participate please email me ASAP at cebias@juno.com. Thanks, look forward to seeing you at West Point!!


Keywords:


Entry: 312
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
1951-52

AUGIE CASSELLA wrote on November 20, 1998

Email Update Needed

City and State: PALM BEACH GARDENS FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship:

Comments: I SERVED IN THE 424TH FIELD ARTILLERY 9TH CORPS AND WAS DISCHARGED IN AUGUST, 1952. I AM LOOKING FOR INFORMATION OR CONTACTS FROM ANYONE WHO SERVED IN THIS OUTFIT DURING THIS TIME.

Keywords:


Entry: 72
424TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (8" TOWED)
BOOK INFO

RICHARD ARMBRUST wrote on November 20, 1998


City and State: NORWALK OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship:

Comments: GOOD PROJECT. HISTORIAN 424TH HAS PUBLISHED A BOOK RE: 424TH. ALSO HAS EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF ANECDOTES.

Keywords:



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