Ida County

Cpl. Raymond Hall





Battle Creek, Ia.—The 980th field artillery battalion of which Cpl. Raymond Hall is a member was the first American heavy artillery to come ashore on Utah beach in the Normandy invasion. In a letter he states the guns of the 980th were the first to fire into Germany. Their sights were trained on a target at Bildchen, he reveals, a suburb of Aachen.  The unit is still on combat status, has been in Germany, and was in Belgium at the time the letter was written.

Source: Sioux City Journal, January 30, 1945