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History of the 185th Field Artillery


World War II, 1941-1945

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History of 185th FA Battalion FROM 11 JANUARY 1942 TO 22 MAY 1945

Typed manuscript with handwritten notes. Asterisk (*) indicates notes presumed to have been made by the owner. A similar document from the file covers 10 February 1941 through 22 May 1945. From the Harry A. Smith file, Iowa Gold Star Museum.

 

Date Location Remarks
11-Jan-42 Arrived Fort Dix NJ 
29-Apr-42 Boarded HMS Cathay 
30-Apr-42 Departed from NYPE 
11-May-42 Arrived Belfast, Ireland 
12-May-42 Debarked & arrived, Coleraine, NI
26-May-42 Arrived Curch of the Isle, NI
31-May-42 Dungannon, NI  Spent 4th of July on Man.
17-Jul-42 Draperstown, NI  Maneuvers 
2-Aug-42 Dungannon, NI  Back from Maneuvers
28-Sep-42 Fintona, NI
13-Dec-42 Larne, NI  Ready to cross Irish Sea 
13-Dec-42 Stransraer, Scotland  Debarked
13-Dec-42 Oulten Park (Little Dludsworth), England
22-Dec-42 Liverpool, England HMS Empress of Australia
25-Dec-42 * Got rammed in harbor*
3-Jan-43 Oran (Algeria, North Africa) 
3-Jan-43 Assi-be-Okba, Algeria, NA      Assi-ben-Okba
10-Jan-43 Eugenie Etienne, Alg. NA 
12-Jan-43 Tlemcen, Algiers, NA 
7-Feb-43 Sidi-bel-Abbes, Algiers, NA  Overland route to action 
6-Feb-43 Orleansville, Alg. NA 
9-Feb-43 L'Arba, Alg. NA
10-Feb-43 Seti (Sidi Emmbarek) Alg. NA 
11-Feb-43 Am M’Lila, Alg. NA
12-Feb-43 Souk-Ahras, Alg. NA
13-Feb-43 Sakiet-Serli-Youssef,Tunisia,NA
13-Feb-43 Maktar, Tunisia, NA (total of 960 rniles) 
17-Feb-43 LeKeff, Tunisia, NA.  Action   Reconn.
18-Feb-43 Sbiba
23-Feb-43 Rohia
27-Feb-43 Sbiba
* Koloa*
27-Mar-43 Hadjeb-el-Aioun,  attack against Fondouk
1-Apr-43 12 mil South Pichon
7-Apr-43 7 mi South of Pichon
10-20 Apr 43 Rest area near Maktar (or 18th - 19th)
* Minedekia*
21-Apr-43 (or 19th) Biv near Djebel Aboid, attached to 9th Div then to position 6 miles East of Sedjenane
1-May-43 Returned to 34th Div near Bizerte 
3-May-43 Occupied position near Beja 
7-May-43 Last shot fired toward Tebourba
12-May-04 3 miles XXXXX NW of Eddekhila  (St. Josephs’ farm)
19-May-47 Chouigui, Tunisia NA  —Fly valley-bivouac 
26-May-43 several changes vicinity Bizerte
24 Jul - 28 Jul  overland return to Oran, Alg. NA
15 Sep - 21 Sep 43 Trip to Salerno, Italy  HMS Durbin Castle  (storm)
4-Oct-43 Montemarano, Italy  Headed to action 
5-Oct-43 Avellino, Italy
7-Oct-43 Montesarchio, Italy
9-Oct-43 Limatola, Italy  1 EM KIA       ACTION
15-Oct-43 San Giovanni, Italy 
16-Oct-43 Caiazzo, Italy  got injured in foxhole - medics dug me out
17-Oct-43 Alvignano, Italy
21-Oct-43 Alife, Italy
25-Oct-43 S Angelo D'Alife, Italy
28-Oct-43 Raviscannina, Italy  ( 31 Oct 4 EM LWA )
1-Nov-43 Ciorlana, Italy  ( 4 Nov 1 EMKIA; 8 EM WIA
5-Nov-43 Capriati, Italy  (6 Nov 3 EM KIA; 7 EM WIA
12-Nov-43 Montaquila, Italy ate Thanksgiving in the rain
28-Nov-43 Colli, Italy
9-Dec-43 Colli, Italy  1 Off, 2 EM KIA, 10 EM WIA
11-Dec-43 Vicinity Alife, Italy  Rest camp 
30-Dec-43 Valleycupa, Italy  ACTION (Bombed)  3 Jan 13 KIA 28 WIA
7-Jan-46 San Pietro, Italy 
17-Jan-44 Cervaro, Italy (Watched Abbey bombing) 2/15/44
21-Feb-44 Alife, Italy  (Rest) 
10-Mar-44 S.Giorgio, Italy  (Rest) 
20-Mar-44 Staging area Napoli, Italy 
21-Mar-44 LST (American boat)  ACTION 
22-Mar-44 LeFerrier, Italy - Anzio Beachhead  (Castle Borgo Montello) 
13-May-44 Borgo Montello, Italy  1st move 
19-May-44 Casale Campomorto, Italy
25-May-44 Cisterna, Italy  tooth pulled (26th 3 EM KIA; 2 EM WIA) 
28-May-44 Lanuvio, Italy 
4-Jun-44 Albano, Italy  German's on the run 
5-Jun-44 5 1/2 miles SE Rome, Italy 
6-Jun-44 Ladispoli, Italy 
7-Jun-44 Civitaveccia, Italy (Port of Rome) 2 stops San Marinella 
8-Jun-44 Tarquinia, Italy (14hrs ahead of Infantry) remember?
9-Jun-44 Civitavecehia, Italy  Rest 
11-Jun-44 Tarquinia, Italy  Rest 
21-Jun-44 Grosseto, Italy   ACTION
25-Jun-44 Two positions - Follonica, Casa Lappi, Italy 
26-Jun-44 Suvereto, Italy (at brick plant) 
27-Jun-44 Sassetta, Italy            finger infection 
28-Jun-44 Sassetta, Italy (other side of towm) 
29-Jun-44 2 moves - Bolgheri, Bibbona, Italy 
1-Jul-44 Cecina, Italy     got hit with shrapnel 
3-Jul-44 Cecina, Italy (other side of town)        something here*
6-Jul-44 Il Terriccio, Italy 
11-Jul Castellina, Italy 
14-Jul-44 Rosignano, Italy          smelly quarters*
15-Jul-44 Gabbto, Italy 
19-Jul-44 Castell Anselmo, Italy 
21-Jul-44 Colle Salvetti, Italy 
23-Jul-44 Pisa, Italy (8 miles SE)
30-Jul-44 Resignano Solvay, Italy  Rest 
24-Aug-44 Gambassi, Italy  Staqinq area
5-Sep-44 3 miles NE Florence Italy  ACTION
8-9 Sep 44 6 miles N of Florence to 2 miles N Collonnata, Italy 
10-Sep-44 Prato, Italy (6 miles NE)
11-Sep-44 1 1/2 miles SW Baberino di Mugello, Italy
14-Feb-44 Vicinity Gagliano, Italy
17-Feb-45 Vicinity Pistoia then to Porretta, Italy 
26-Feb-45 Vicinity Gaggio Montano, Italy
17-Mar-45 Vicinity Prato, Italy  Bivouac 
28-Mar-45 Vicinity Savazza, Italy 
16-Apr-45 Savazza, Italy 
19-Apr-45 Vicinity Pianoro, Italy 
21-Apr-45 Pianoro to vicinity Bologna, Italy
23-Apr-45 3 1/2 miles S of Bologna to 2 1/2 miles W Bologna to 2 miles SW Castlefranco to 1 mile NW Modena, Italy 
24-Apr-45 to 4 miles SE Reggio, Italy 
25-Apr-45 to 6 miles SE Parma, Italy
26-Apr-45 to 2 miles SE Parma to 1 1/2 miles SE Fidenza to 1 mile NW Fontenure, Italy
28- 29 Apr  to Brescia, Italy (remember all night move to cross PO)   250 miles?
1-May-45 to Gallparate (87 miles) to Somma Lombardo to Arluno, Italy 
2-May-45 to Arborio, to 3 miIes SW Buronza  FINISH for 185th
6-May-45 to bivouac public school Malnate, (PW camps) 
22-May-45 to bivouac 1/2 E Lombriasco,
   
Days counted for combat for 185th FA Bn:
North Africa  85 days
Italy 459  days
Total 544 (not counting Battle of Fort Dix.()