battery c 182nd Field Artillery Battalion

My uncle Robert William Smith's discharge paper lists him as First Lieutenant in Battery C 182nd Field Artillery Battalion. I can't find any information about this unit. Uncle Bob saw a lot of action during WW2, but he would not talk about it. I am collecting information about my Dad's older brothers who all served in WW2. I have read that the majority of the US Army records were destroyed in a fire in 1973. That is probably why I was only able to get a very poor copy of his discharge papers. He received several medals, but I can't read what they are. Also, he was in several battles, but I can read only Normandy and Northern France.

My cousin said he fought under General Montgomery (Field Marshall at the time), but my Dad's cousin said he fought under Patton. I read somewhere that Patton was under Montgomery for the German Campaign so they both could be correct.

Is there any books, magazines, newspaper articles, or any other documentation for this unit? 

Thank you for your help,

Patricia (Smith) Ruble

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  • Patricia Ruble-

    Greetings and thank you for posting your query on History Hub.

    A thumbnail mention about the 182nd FAB, of which Battery C was a component, is found in, "World War II Order of Battle", by Captain Shelby Stanton. It states that the 182nd was organized at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, on 08 Feb 43.The unit left the New York Port of Embarkation on 10 Apr 44, arriving in England on 16 Apr and then in France on 25 Jul. In August of 1945, their location was Salzburg, Austria.The unit was returned to the states through the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation on 02 Dec 45 and was deactivated the next day  at Camp Miles Standish, MA. The unit participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes-Alsase , Central Europe, and Rhineland Campaigns. 

    Another response to your query, from the Textual Reference Archives II Branch, should flesh out the unit details.

    Good luck in your search.

    Dave Smoot, History Hub Research Volunteer.

  • Thank you. The dates on that entry correspond to Uncle Bob's discharge document. It is pretty blurry, but I can make out April 10th departure from NY and landing in (can't read but my guess is ENG for England) on the 17th (looks typed over) of April

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