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787th Field Artillery Battalion

Posted May 29th, 2018 at 12:43 PM by William Lee

I am seeking information on the 787th Field Artillery Battalion (8" Howitzer) during World War II. Specifically, I would like to know where and when the 787th was organized and when and where they entered the European theater and the journey they made to Germany. My father was attached to Battery B of the 787th but unfortunately his military records were destroyed in the 1973 fire in St. Louis. Any information would be gratefully appreciated.
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    Found a bit of information.

    The 787th FAB was part of the US XIII Corps, Ninth Army, and as such fought in the ETO from the Netherlands to the River Elbe.


    pdf of war correspondents' articles on the 13th Corps. Unfortunately the 787th only gets the briefest of mentions at the end.


    Click the image to open in full size.

    The 787th's unit history is in the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, box 480.

    I do not know how these records are accessed.

    You might be better asking the mods to transfer this to War & Military. Better chance of responses.
    Posted May 31st, 2018 at 06:05 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
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    Hyperwar account of the Siegfried Line Campaign.

    As usual the emphasis is on the Infantry and Armour, but it gives a good idea of the conditions, weather, terrain etc;

    HyperWar: The Siegfried Line Campaign
    Posted May 31st, 2018 at 06:41 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
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    Interview with John F Kirkpatrick who was in "C" Battery:


    haven't watched it all, but seems very informative.
    Posted June 5th, 2018 at 02:44 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
    Updated June 5th, 2018 at 05:22 AM by Triceratops
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    Richard F Howard, one of the "Monuments Men";

    In 1944 his unit, the 787th Field Artillery Battalion, was sent overseas and stationed in Congleton, England. His battalion advanced through Weymouth, England to La Havre, France and then through Rouen to Muenchen-Gladbach, Germany. By early 1945, they had advanced to the Elbe River, just forty-five miles outside of Berlin.

    Posted June 5th, 2018 at 03:08 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline
    Updated June 5th, 2018 at 05:23 AM by Triceratops
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    On page 184 is the SS Exchequer, the ship the battalion crossed the Atlantic as per Mr Kirkpatrick:

    Posted June 6th, 2018 at 05:33 AM by Triceratops Triceratops is offline

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