THE 242nd FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION
World War II
The 242nd was organized in Camp White and remained the same during World War II after the men finished basic training.
An artillery battalion was organized in batteries instead of Companies. In the 242nd there were three firing batteries -
A, B, C - each comprising approximately 100 men and four 105mm Howitzers. The Service Battery comprised of about 100 men
who supplied all of the food, ammunition, clothing, supplies, and gasoline for the command cars, jeeps, and trucks.
The Headquarters and Headquarters Battery was
made up of commanding officers, communications, and fire direction. The first Commander was Major GOODRICH, then Major
BROWNLOW who was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel
HEADQUARTERS and HEADQUARTERS BATTERY
BUELL, William B., Ellston IA
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