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Entry: 94991
Subject: 2 ZIPPO LIGHTERS

Darren Carusone wrote on September 26, 2017


City and State: SCHENECTADY NY

Unit: NONE

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I have 2 Zippo lighters

1) has the An Unum Omnes crest and says Korea 1952 and is used
2) has the An Unum Omnes crest and says 196th FA BN Korea is unused

I inherited these and have no history with them. Anyone interested in these?

Keywords: Zippo, 196th, FA, BN, Korea, 1952, 52



Entry: 94908
Subject: SEEKING INFO ON ORPHAN BOY FOUND BY 196TH

Corey Huinker wrote on August 20, 2017


City and State:

Unit: 196TH FIELD ARTILLERY BN (155MM)

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I have just completed some research on my grandfather's (DON A HUINKER - Battery A - FEB to SEP 51) in the 196th. That research included a trip to the National Archives for the Command Reports of the 196th From April to September of 1951.

One of the stories I remember most from my grandad was about the time they found an orphan boy in the field, alone and covered in lice, and brought him back to base (not sure if he meant the 196th HQ or X Corps) and gave the boy to some civilian women who were working on repairing uniforms, etc. The women took the little boy in and cleaned him up. The next time my grandfather returned to base, the women had made a small US Army uniform for the boy, who now ran around base announcing dinner time using his limited and rather salty grasp of English.

In doing this research, I spoke to one man who served with my grandad, and the children of a few others who served with him. Nearly everyone, including those who served as late as 52-53, has a story about this orphan kid, though exact details differ. Some people mentioned wanting to bring him back to the US, but no one knows specifically what happened to him.

The S1-S4 reports from the 196th, while quite detailed about battery movements, targeting, shells fired, estimated damage inflicted, and number of POWs captured, make no mention of interaction with civilians in any capacity. The command reports for the 2nd ID do mention the employment of civilians but not at a level of detail useful to my purpose.

I am hoping to collect any details about the orphan boy. Was there just one? What was his approximate age at the time? Did anyone learn his name? Does anyone have photos of him? What happened to him after the war?

Keywords:



Entry: 93605
Subject: ANY SURVIVOR THAT MET MY FATHER 1952-53?

Stew Kohnberg wrote on August 15, 2016


City and State: RALEIGH NC

Unit: 196TH FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION-AARON KOHNBERG

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Had a few photos I wanted to post here but could not find the right page.

Have added them to my DropBox that should open them OK.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmiadpnzdpf0id2/Aaron%20Kohnberg-Korea.jpg?dl=0

Enjoy!

Stewart Kohnberg

Keywords:



Entry: 93464
Subject: 196TH FA BN.50-54

Carroll D. Shissler L wrote on July 14, 2016

Deceased

City and State: ALTOONA IA

Unit: 196TH FA BATTERY C

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I am looking for past members of 196th fa bn.

Keywords:



Entry: 92409
Subject: HQ BTY 196TH FA BN

Karen Schwank wrote on December 16, 2015


City and State: WOODSTOCK GA

Unit: HQ BTY 196TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: Looking for others in the HQ BTY 196th FA BN that might have known my father, Boyce Eddie Edwards during his time served July 1950-July 1953. Served in Korea. Traveled on USNS Gen Wm Black in May 1952 to Korea.

Keywords: eddie
USNS Gen Wm Black
HQ BTY 196th FA BN



Entry: 92301
Subject: PLEASE CONTACT ME

Pamela Black wrote on November 25, 2015


City and State: GENOA WV

Unit: 196TH FA BN-B BATTERY

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Spoke with Dad today so here is an update or clarification of the info I posted earlier SFC Dewey Rowe Jr served in Korea in the Whitehorse Mtn area Jan 1951- Dec 1952 He was mostly on #6 gun, but did work #3 gun when he first arrived.Names of men that he can remember are 1) Capt Hesson-West Point Grad-was a Lt when Dad 1st got there.and was from Wisconsin, 2) Pvt Benny Macon, originally from Arkansas, 3) Cpl Conny Stewart from TN or VA, 4) Mess Sgt Burrows, 5) Pvt Pilgram from GA-was red haired and played guitar, 6)Pvt Reester-a gunner, 7) Pvt Royia and 8)a Cpl Perry whose grandpa was from Genoa, WV he was a Medic, 9) Cpl Cobbler was a cook at HQ BN, a Lt Green who was then replaced by a Lt Wright (from NC)also recalled a MSGT James and MSGT Shiflet who came latter part of 1952--there was an ex Marine>Army on gun #3 who got injured d/t recoil injury from the 155 and a cook that they put on Gun #6 Cpl Dewey P Dancy. If you know any of these men or their families, please have them contact me ASAP. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift for Dad. When I told him I found this sight his eyes just sparkled. He told me about Whitehorse Mtn (and the horse) and about a certain jeep that Capt Hesson needed fixed--if this jogs a memory!!!

Keywords: my address is Pam Black 335 Bob Napier Rd Genoa WV 25517 my email--pblack1021@gmail.com and my phone # 304-849-4349



Entry: 92294
Subject: LOOKING FOR 196TH FA BN

Pamela Black wrote on November 25, 2015


City and State: GENOA WV

Unit: 196TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am searching for members that may have served with my father in Korea--1950-51. His name is Sgt FC Dewey Rowe Jr - names i remember that he mentioned were a Capt Hesson, and a PVT Benny Macon. Captain was from Wisconsin, and Pvt was from Arkansas. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Dad is 86 now and I would like to contact as many of his comrades as I can-he keeps asking if I can find out anything. Feel free to contact me at pblack1021@gmail.com. And thank you in advance. And thank you for your service-from the daughter of a US Army vet and Mama of 2 USN vets.

Keywords: Whitehorse Mountain area



Entry: 91650
Subject: CONTACT ME

Walter Flatt wrote on August 3, 2015


City and State: PADUCAH KY

Unit: 196 FA HQ BTRY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I would like to know what happened to the people in my BN after the 40,000 break through in 53 that came through the Punch Bowl and drove 10 miles South before they were stopped.
Especially LT Bingert BN MTR Officer, Capt. Rose HQ CO., Rothewaller and all in the Motor Pool.

Keywords:



Entry: 90604
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO ON CLYDE E BAKER

Lauren Lewis wrote on February 14, 2015

Email Update Needed



City and State: SCOTTSDALE AZ

Unit: BTRY B 196TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I am looking for information on my grandfather Clyde Elmer Baker Jr.
He served in Korea for 10 months in 1950.

Keywords:



Entry: 89638
Subject: SGT. JOSEPH A TAYLOR

Jeff Boorom wrote on September 11, 2014


City and State:

Unit: 196TH FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Joe Taylor was my great uncle, I am interested to hear from anyone that knew him or had heard stories about him. He was with Battery A during 1951, section chief of a howitzer section.

Keywords: X Corps
APO 909
Bronze Star



Entry: 88594
Subject: FRED HAWRAN

Jenny Hawran wrote on March 22, 2014


City and State: WINDSOR CT

Unit: B BTRY 196TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for people who knew my father in law, Fred Hawran. Served in Korea Feb 1952-Jan 1954

Keywords:



Entry: 86779
Subject: LOOKING FOR LENNY OR LEONARD SORRENSON

John Stewart wrote on July 21, 2013

Deceased

City and State: MOULTRIE GA

Unit: 1 96 FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: My father is John M Stewart. He was part of the 1 96 FA BN. He

left Korea in 1955. He was in communication. Some called him Bug

or Bugsie. I am looking for people that knew him, especially,

Leonard Sorrenson. I know that he would loved to see and visit

those from his past.

Keywords: Korea from 1952-1955



Entry: 86778
Subject: JOHN M STEWART PFC OF 1 96 FA BN

John Stewart wrote on July 21, 2013

Deceased

City and State: MOULTRIE GA

Unit: 1 96 FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: My father is John M Stewart. He was part of the 1 96 FA BN. He
left Korea in 1955. He was in communication. Some called him Bug
or Bugsie. I am looking for people that knew him. I know that he
would loved to see and visit those from his past.

Keywords: My father is John M Stewart. He was part of the 1 96 FA BN. He
left Korea in 1955. He was in communication. Some called him Bug
or Bugsie. I am looking for people that knew him. I know that he
would loved to see and visit those from his past.



Entry: 86777
Subject: JOHN M STEWART PFC OF 1 96 FA BN

John Stewart wrote on July 21, 2013

Deceased

City and State: MOULTRIE GA

Unit: 1 96 FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: My father is John M Stewart. He was part of the 1 96 FA BN. He
left Korea in 1955. He was in communication. Some called him Bug
or Bugsie. I am looking for people that knew him. I know that he
would loved to see and visit those from his past.



Entry: 86776
Subject: JOHN M STEWART PFC OF 1 96 FA BN

John Stewart wrote on July 21, 2013

Deceased

City and State: MOULTRIE GA

Unit: 1 96 FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Korea, Bug, Bugsie



Entry: 84369
Subject: 196TH FA BN 1950-55

Merle Sullivan wrote on October 7, 2012


City and State: GREENVILLE MS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Eugene Brownie Sullivan, sometimes called John L.
My father passed away in 1993. He was from Shoals, IN.
He was older than most of the others serving with him
because he had fought in WWII. I was hoping maybe
someone may have served with him in Korea. I have
lots of pictures that he took while serving there. My
father said that the Korean Project was scarier than
World War II because it was so difficult to tell the
difference between the North and South Koreans at
night when you were in an observation post.

Keywords: In Field Artillery division. He took his training in
Fort Sill, OK, Battery B, 17th Field Artillery



Entry: 83998
Subject: CORPORAL STEPHEN SMISEK

Sandra Robinson wrote on August 23, 2012


City and State: MENTOR OH

Unit: BATTERY 196 FABN

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father has been dead 11 years, and my mother just
passed away. We found letters my father sent her
during his service time in Korea. He never really
wanted to talk about his time in the war, but the
letters showed a different man then we knew as his
children. He served in the 196th from October of 1952
until September of 1953. He was a field wireman and
would string and fix telephone lines and electrical
wiring. He was from Willoughby, Ohio. We would love
to hear from anyone who may have known him and could
provide us with any information. Thank you.

Keywords: Far East Command Chemical School, White Horse Mtn.,
Heartbreak Ridge, Punch Bowl - backing up 45th Div.,
Smoke Valley, Team Chief Neal, Moonson the Mountain.



Entry: 83513
Subject: BAKER BATTARY, 1951-1952

Pamela Duprest wrote on July 1, 2012


City and State: ROSCOMMON MI

Unit: BAKER-B

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords: My Father, James Wilson Payne, served in 196th
battalion, Baker Company from 1951-1952. He states
that he was the youngest of his company during the
time he was there, most of the compnay he served with
were veterans of WWII. James was considered the
Number 1 man (meaning he was the one that fired the
artillary gun 155MM). James states that they were
consided a Bastard Unit, being made up of men from
all area's, James was from Arkansas and many that was
in his company were from the Tennessee area.



Entry: 82643
Subject: 196TH FA BN REUNION

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on April 1, 2012

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: 196TH FA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: We will be hosting a reunion of the 196th in Iowa
July 26-29-2012.
Contact me and i will send you the info

Keywords: reunion



Entry: 81604
Subject: 196TH FA BN KOREA 1952

Byron Gage wrote on January 3, 2012


City and State: OLYMPIA WA

Unit: BTRY A, 196TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Would enjoy hearing from anyone on any of subjects in
keywords. I was in Forward Observation team while
retaking Hill 854 in Sept 1952. I still have a small
number of photos of people and events.

Keywords: Hill 854, Support 1st Mar Div, Support 8th ROK, Support
7th ROK, Btry A Communications Section, Jan-Dec 1952,
Spud Wright, John Brewington, Wayne Claybrook, Jesus
Cabrera Davilla, Walter Gagelin, Bill Saxon



Entry: 81439
Subject: A BATTERY 11/51-12-/2

Leslie Newlin wrote on December 23, 2011


City and State: WALLACE MI

Unit: BATTERY A 196 FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Any one still around ??

Keywords: Nov. 1951- Dec. 1952



Entry: 81331
Subject: 196TH FA BN

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on December 16, 2011

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: 196 TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Looking for former members of the 196 TH FA BN.
We have a reunion every year and would like to hear from anyone that was there.

Keywords:



Entry: 79251
Subject: LT. CHARLES LEROY

James Nix wrote on June 9, 2011


City and State: OILVILLE VA

Unit: 196TH FA BN.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Lt. Leroy was a friend of mine as well as the C Battery Executive Officer. I last saw him and his wife in 1951 or 1952 after I returned from Korea and I would be interested in knowing what has become of him.

I will appreciate any information that anyone can provide.

Keywords: C Battery, 196th Field Artillery, 1950-51 



Entry: 78632
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO SERVED WITH ARNOLD FELDER 1953

Scott Felder wrote on April 19, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords:



Entry: 78394
Subject: 196 TH FA BN

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on March 31, 2011

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: 196 TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: WE will be holding a reunion of the 196 TH FA BN
in Branson,MO.on Aug 4-7 2011.
If you have not recieved a letter about this please let me know and i will get one to you.
Carroll Shissler
9901 NE 134 TH Ave
Maxwell,IA.50161
Phone 712-621-1401
E Mail cshissler@iowatelecom.net

Keywords:



Entry: 77816
Subject: REUNIOM 2011

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on February 11, 2011

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: 196 TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: We are planning a reunion again this year,It will be held AQug.4-6 in Branson MO.
Will have more info soon if you are interested please contact me.
Carroll
PS I was in C Battery 53-54 Motor pool

Keywords:



Entry: 76724
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW JAMES D. LUTHER

Jacqueline Luther wrote on November 12, 2010


City and State: CANTON OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My grandfather served from 1950-1951, we aren't to sure
when he came back to the states. He never really talked
about his time over in Korea, all I know is that he was a
member of the 196th FA and that he was located in the
punchbowl during his time in Korea. I also know he had a
friend named 'Chief.' If you knew him, please contact me!
Thanks so much!

Keywords:



Entry: 75709
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW CHARLES JOSEPH ROBERTS (JOE) BATTERY C

Pam Howser wrote on August 6, 2010


City and State: QUINCY IL

Unit: 196TH FA BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for anyone who might have known my father Charles Joseph Roberts. He served from Jan.1953 until Jan. 1955. I am looking for any info you may have about him and his time there.

Keywords: 196th FA Battalion Battery C, Charles Joseph (Joe) Roberts, cook in Korea between 1953 and 1955



Entry: 75145
Subject: ANY ONE KNOWING WAYNE SONNTAG

Dale Sonntag wrote on June 19, 2010


City and State: APPLETON WI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for nem who would have known Wayne Sonntag and served with him during the Korean War. He was my father. He is gone now, but as I get older, I find it more important to know the man that was, before he was my father. I would appreciate any knowledge I can get about my dad.

Respectfully,
Dale Sonntag

Keywords: Iron Triangle



Entry: 74163
Subject: 196TH FA BN

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on March 31, 2010

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: We are holding a reunion of the 196TH Fa Bn in Pidgeon Forge ,Tn Aug,18-20 2010.
Anyone interested contact me.
I was the Motor Sgt Battery C Feb 53-Feb54

Keywords: 196thfabn



Entry: 72909
Subject: 196TH FA BN.

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on December 26, 2009

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: 196TH FA BN C BATTERY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Looking for anyone that served with 196th FA BN.
I have a list if over 100 names and addresses,and would like to add more,as we have been having reunions about every year.Please send or call me
Thank you.

Keywords: 196th FA BN



Entry: 71147
Subject: 196 FA BAT

Chester Whitney Markley wrote on August 3, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State: ROANOKE VA

Unit: BAT. C 196 FA BAT

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I SERVED IN KOREA FROM JUNE 1953 till JUNE 1954.
I was on gun #3 till the cease fire Then I was in fire directin station, forward observer, Truck driver,
and other jobs.

Keywords:



Entry: 67967
Subject: LOOKINGFORPEOPLEWHO SERVEDINTHE196YHFROM1953TO1954

Everett Dias wrote on November 21, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: SWANSEA MA

Unit: 196THFABN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords:



Entry: 57310
Subject: 196 TH FA BN.KOREA

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on May 24, 2006

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: 196 TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Looking for anyone that served in the 196 TH FA BN,
Ones that were there in Battery C 1953-1954.
Or anyone else that was there any time.
We have a reunion coming up Aug.3-6-2006 in Fl.
anyone interested let me know



Entry: 57107
Subject: SGT WALTER LEE SALASSI

Andy Salassi wrote on May 11, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: any infomation appreciated. Have extensive photos of my fathers from the Korean war..1950 thru 1952...

Keywords: 196th Feild Artillery



Entry: 56372
Subject: 196 TH.FA.BN.REUNION KOREA

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on March 25, 2006

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: 196TH FA BN BATTERY C

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: There will be a reunion of all 196thfabn veterans held in Spring Hill Fl. on Aug.3 thru Aug.6.
If you are interested please let me know and i will get information to you,

Keywords: 196thfabn



Entry: 54006
Subject: 196 FIELD ARTILLERY BN 1951 - 1953

Frank Sweeney wrote on November 9, 2005


City and State:

Unit: 1844 BTRY A 196 FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I'm looking to contact other veterans who may have served with my father, Frank Sweeney. I have many Korean War pictures to share if interested. I know he used to load the guns.

Keywords:



Entry: 52341
Subject: 2LT TOM LIVINGSTON

Jason Law wrote on July 29, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: FORT BRAGG NC

Unit: 330TH TRANS BN (MC)

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My name is SGT Jason Law, I'm looking for anyone who might have known my Granduncle, 2LT Tom Livingston. He was a forward observer in the 196th Don't know the battery. He was KIA on 22 Sep 1952 along with two other soldiers (sorry, I don't know their names but would like to if you knew them) and several ROK troops some where near Inje, inside the DMZ I think. It would be an honor to speak with you.

Keywords:



Entry: 51573
Subject: 196TH FA BN AWARDS ON NOV 1944

Paul Saint-Amand wrote on June 17, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: ROCKPORT MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: A friend asked me to find any information I could about her father 1st Lt. Ward R. Coyne who served with the 196th Fa Bn in WWII. We have a photo of Lt. Coyne receiving an Air Medal G0 77 in Nov 1944. Would like to know who the General presenting the medal might be and where this ceremony took place. Thank you.

Keywords: 196th Fa Bn, Air medal awards Nov 44



Entry: 51299
Subject: 196THFABN REUNION=2005

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on June 2, 2005

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: 196 TH FA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I served with the 1`906th Fa Feb.53-Feb.54 In c battery motor pool.
The reunion of 196thfa member will be held in Berlin,Ohio this year on Aug.5-6 anyone interseted in going please let me know and i will get you on the mailing list.



Entry: 51227
Subject: B BATTERY 196TH FA BN

John Cole JR. wrote on May 30, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: CORDOVA TN

Unit: B BATTERY 196TH FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was in Korea February 1951 to March 1952 with the 196th Field Artillery as a forward observor. We were with the X Corp Artillery commanded by General Enis

Keywords:



Entry: 48774
Subject: 196 FA BN (52-53)

John Mattingly wrote on February 8, 2005


City and State:

Unit: HQ BTRY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Was in Bn FDC. Would like to hear from anyone who was there during this time.

Keywords:



Entry: 48418
Subject: 196 FA.BN , A. BAT.

George Straw wrote on January 26, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: ALBION IL

Unit: 196 FA. BN. A BAT.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was in Korea from March 1st 1953 to July 24 1954

Keywords: Looking for Bob willfawn from Idao John Shaffer
from Saxton MO,
CO capt.George Churhill.



Entry: 48288
Subject: 196TH FAB VETS SALUTE!

Eric Goslowsky wrote on January 20, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: BARTLETT TN

Unit: HHB, 3-115 FA, 196TH FAB

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I am the XO of the 3-115 FA BN in Memphis (reflagged from the 196th FA BN). I am searching for servicemen who remember LT John Cole and others from the 196th days in Korea. We keep in touch with these men and spouses frequently, and would like to find others that served together...email redleg196@earthlink.net or call me at the unit, (901) 543-7638...

Keywords: Friends/men who served with LT John Cole



Entry: 47555
Subject: BRIEF HISTORY OF 196TH FA BN/115TH FA BN

Arthur Oliver wrote on December 17, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: GERMANTOWN TN

Unit: 3-115 FA

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: HERE IS A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 3-115 FA
(196th FA BN and 115th FA BN) TENNESSEE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

The 3-115 FA is descended from the CHICKASAW GUARDS, a Memphis militia unit formed in 1874 by veterans and sons of veterans of the War Between the States. This unit became part of the famous First Tennessee Regiment of Infantry. In 1898 the First Tennessee was called into active service for duty in the Philippine Islands during the insurrection. The Militia Act of 1903 reorganized the volunteer state militias and converted them into the National Guard. In June of 1916, the FIRST TENNESSEE INFANTRY NGST (National Guard of the State of Tennessee) was called into federal service in response to the Mexican border trouble with Pancho Villa. Upon entry into World War I, the unit was reorganized as the 115th FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, 30th INFANTRY DIVISION (the “Old Hickory” Division, named in honor of President Andrew Jackson because its units were from North Carolina and Tennessee) and was equipped with French 155mm howitzers.

WORLD WAR I

From September 12-19, 1918, the 115th FA Regiment fired in support of 30th DIVISION attacks in the SAINT MIHIEL Offensive, the largest American operation since the Civil War.

From September 26-November 11, 1918, the regiment fired in support of 30th DIVISION attacks in MEUSE-ARGONNE Offensive. This offensive broke the back of German resistance on the Western Front, and its success resulted in the Armistice that ended hostilities.

BETWEEN THE WORLD WARS

After WWI, the Regiment was reorganized in 1923. The Regimental Headquarters, HHB 1st Battalion, Service Battery and Battery B were located in Memphis. The 2nd Battalion was located in eastern Tennessee with HHB located in Clinton TN. From 1923 until 1932 the Regiment was horse-drawn and equipped with the French 75mm.

In January 1937, the Regiment was called out when the Mississippi River flooded the Delta. Guardsmen spent the next two months rescuing citizens, transporting the homeless to shelters, distributing Red Cross supplies and guarding property.

In March 1940, the 2nd Battalion was transferred to Memphis and most of its officers and personnel were drawn from the other 115th Regimental units already stationed there. On September 16, 1940, in anticipation of America becoming involved in the Second World War, the 115th FA Regiment was called into one year of active duty for training. The entire Regiment was mustered into service in Memphis, and local recruits were used to fill personnel shortages throughout the Regiment.

WORLD WAR II

In February 1942, as part of a general restructuring of the Army, the 115th FA Regiment was separated from the 30th Infantry Division, and the Regiment was split into two independent Field Artillery Battalions.

The 115th FA BN in WWII

The 1-115 FA was redesignated as the 115th FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION and was reorganized as a truck-drawn 105mm howitzer battalion.

The 115th FA BN landed on Omaha beach on July 2, 1944. It went into action as reinforcing the 66th INFANTRY DIVISION (US) as it cleared the FALAISE POCKET.

In September 1944 the 115th was attached to the FIRST ARMY (US) and supported it as it raced across France to the German border.

In December 1944 the 115th FA found itself a few miles northwest of Bastogne. It was one of only a handful of artillery units within range to fire in support of the 101st AIRBORNE DIVISION’s defense of that town during the BATTLE OF THE BULDGE.

In February 1945 the 115th FA continued in its mission of reinforcing the FIRST ARMY (US) and supported it as it began its RHINELAND CAMPAIGN to enter Germany.

The 115th FA remained in support of FIRST ARMY operations in and around Cologne until VE Day.

The 196th FA BN in WWII

The 2-115 FA was redesignated as the 196th FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION and was reorganized as a truck-drawn 105mm howitzer battalion.

The 196th FA BN landed on Utah beach on July 8, 1944 and was assigned to VII CORPS (US). The Battalion went into action the next day south of Carentan. The unit fired in support of the FIRST ARMY (US) breakthrough at ST. LO. It later reinforced V CORPS (US) as it attempted to close the FALAISE POCKET.

In August 1944 the 196th was attached to the FRENCH SECOND ARMORED DIVISION to support its attack to liberate PARIS. On 25 August 1944, the 196th FA became the first US ARMY unit to enter the newly liberated French capital.

In September 1944 the Battalion was attached to the 5th ARMORED DIVISION (US) and supported it as it raced across France to the Belgium border.

In November 1944 the Battalion was attached to the 4th INFANTRY DIVISION (US) and provided supporting fires during the battle in the HURTGEN FOREST.

In December 1944 the Battalion was attached to the 99th INFANTRY DIVISION (US) and provided supporting fires during the BATTLE OF THE BULDGE.

On February 2, 1945 the Battalion entered Germany and continued its support of ARMY operations in the V CORPS (US) zone.

On April 30, 1945 the Battalion entered Czechoslovakia where it remained until VE Day.

THE KOREAN WAR

On March 20, 1947, the Memphis veterans of the old 115th FA Regiment were reformed into the 196th FA Battalion and were equipped with 155mm howitzers. In August 1950, the unit was called into federal service as a response to the North Korean invasion of South Korea.

The Battalion landed in PUSAN on February 19, 1951, one of the first National Guard artillery units deployed to Korea fight in that conflict. The Battalion then moved north to fire in support of X CORPS (US) operations.

During the month of April 1951, the Battalion was attached to the 7th INFANTRY DIVISION as X CORPS attempted to halt the CHINESE COMMUNIST FORCES (CCF) SPRING OFFENSIVE.

From 1-19 May 1951, the Battalion was heavily involved in providing supporting fires to the 2nd INFANTRY DIVISION as it fought off one of the largest CCF attacks of the war. The CCF attack was aimed at breaking the X CORPS’ defensive line in the vicinity of the “PUNCHBOWL”.

From the middle of May through July 1951, the Battalion supported the 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION and later elements of the 1st MARINE DIVISION during the UNITED NATIONS (UN) COUNTEROFFENSIVE.

For the remainder of the war, the Battalion was heavily involved in providing supporting fires throughout the X CORPS sector to help fight off repeated attempts by CCF to penetrate the UN defensive lines.

During its tour of combat in Korea, the 196th FA Battalion was awarded three Presidential Unit Citations (two Navy and one Army) and two Republic of Korea Presidential Citations, making it the most decorated National Guard unit to fight in the Korean War.

AFTER THE KOREAN WAR

In March 1954, the Battalion was reconstituted in Memphis and again organized as part of the Tennessee Army National Guard.

In November 1959, the Battalion changed its unit designation to the 3rd Battalion 115th Field Artillery and was issued the M7 105mm self-propelled howitzer. In 1966, these guns were replaced with the M109 155mm self-propelled howitzer.

The 3-115 FA was not called-up during the Vietnam War. However, in April 1968, the Battalion was called out by the Governor during the civil disturbance that took place in Memphis following the murder of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING.

The Battalion was again called out by the Governor during the summer of 1978 when the MEMPHIS POLICE AND FIRE UNIONS instructed their members to walk off their jobs. This call-up was significant in that never before had a National Guard unit been forced to provide both police and fire protection to a community.

In 2000, the 3-115 FA fielded the M109A6 PALADIN 155mm self-propelled howitzer, the most technically advanced cannon artillery system in the world.

Following the terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 SEPTEMBER 2001, the Battalion was partially mobilized to provide additional security at the Memphis International Airport.

In June 2002, the Battalion deployed to the NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, Fort Irwin, California, to conduct maneuvers with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment from Knoxville, Tennessee. The deployment of the 3-115 FA and the 278th ACR was the largest deployment of Tennessee Guardsmen since WWII.

Following the NTC deployment, the Battalion was mobilized in August 2002 for a year of active duty to help provide force protection to certain strategic facilities in the eastern United States. The deployment was part of a nationwide mobilization of National Guard units to provide Homeland Defense during the WAR AGAINST TERRORISM.

The 3rd Battalion 115th Field Artillery is currently one of the principal cannon battalions in the 196th Field Artillery Brigade, Tennessee Army National Guard, the largest artillery Brigade in the free world.

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Entry: 46117
Subject: INFO ON JUL 23, FIGHTING

Lawrence O'Connell SR. wrote on October 1, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: PALOS HEIGHTS IL

Unit: I96TH FA BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I WAS IN THE 196TH HDQTRS BTRY FROM MAR '52 'TIL JUN '53. I RECENTLY LEARNED THAT THE 196TH SUFFERED 2 KIA AND 4 WIA A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE CEASE FIRE-ON OR ABOUT JUL 23. I NEVER HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THIS LOSS UNTIL SOMEONE TOLD ME A FEW MONTHS AGO. I THINK MAYBE OUR OP WAS OVERRUN BUT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO KNOWS THE STORY. I KNOW THE LOSSES WERE NOT IN HDQTRS BTRY AND I DON'T THINK IN THE FIRING BTRYS. WOULD APPRECIATE
HEARING FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS.

Keywords: NICKNAME-LARRY. OPERATED PX AFTER CEASE FIRE



Entry: 43698
Subject: GLENN TURPIN-MASTER SARGENT

Derek Turpin wrote on June 10, 2004


City and State: PASADENA CA

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, Glenn Turpin, just died on 6-2-04 from a heart attack in Pasadena, CA. He was a master sargent and served in the 196th field artillary. Does anyone remember him. He was from Memphis, and was an accomplished tennis player. He spoke of his experiences in Korea during the Korean war and it somtimes choked him up, because he saw friends die. He spoke of the cold winters and the constant noise of the artlilary rounds. Please contact, to share information-

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Entry: 43590
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO JOHN (LEVI) FETCHKO

George Fetchko wrote on June 6, 2004


City and State: NORTHAMPTON PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: kooking to find were he served were he was wounded and if anybody knew of him

Keywords: john (levi)fetchko served in ww11 and also korea (3844)field artillery cannoneer 196th FA Bn-155mm4 tr dr north korea wounded 06/19/51



Entry: 42821
Subject: 196TH FA

John Skoog wrote on May 4, 2004


City and State: OMAHA NE

Unit: HQ

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

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Entry: 41356
Subject: C BATTERY 53-54 MOTOR POOL

Carroll D. Shissler wrote on February 29, 2004

Deceased

City and State: MAXWELL IA

Unit: BATTERY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am looking for anyone that served with C Battery at the same time as i did.Also need to
find a way of getting a copy of daily roster for that time period.

Keywords: I served with the 196th FA Bn,in Korea from Feb1953 to Feb 1953,I was with "C"battery Motor Pool.






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