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Dear Mr. Nicely,
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The document included in your post is a copy of an index card from the series titled Index to World War II Operations Reports, 1940 - 1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407). The card lists the records of the 270th Field Artillery Battalion that are available in the series titled World War II Operations Reports, 1940 - 1948 also in RG 407. For access to and copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
We also searched the unit records in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) but were unable to locate additional records of the 270th.
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Thank you very much for the info. This will be very helpful when I visit Archives.
Over the last year or so, I have been able to come up with a decent amount of information about the 270th FA Bn, but seem to have come to a stand still.
I am interested in any info someone may have about the unit, but am most interested in compiling a roster of service members that were assigned to the 270th during its short life. I have accumulated 237 names so far. (I am not a professional at this, and would love for someone to double check my handy work). I have gathered names from AARs, google searches, newsletters, etc...
Below are some of the places that have helped me out with my research. If anyone has any additional places to look, please let me know.
I have visited the Archives in College Park and the websites associated with it.
Field Artillery Museum at Ft Sill OK
Ft. Benning Library (Donovan I think)
Ft Bragg Library
NC State Historical Archives ( Camp Butner timeframe)
Camp Butner Museum
Of course a lot of Google searches
I have a copy of the book "240" by Elmer Totsch
I have a copy of a pamphlet labeled "The 270th FA Bn in the ETO (Controvich Library)
I have copies of a newsletter they published while at Camp Butner (G.I. Hokum)
I have copies of the AARs the Archives had for pretty much the whole time it was a unit
I have a copy of the Medical Detachment post war AAR
Some random info I got from my mother (her father was assigned to the 270th)
More than happy to share this info with whomever may be interested in it.
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Dear Mr. Nicely,
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In case you haven’t already requested them, copies of most of the monthly rosters from November 1912 - 1943 and 1947 - 1959 for Army units are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, MO. For access to these records, please write to the National Archives at St. Louis, ATTN: RL-SL, P.O. Box 38757, St. Louis, MO 63138-0757 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944 - 1946 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.
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My father was in the 270th FAB, Battery "C" on the survey team. I've been slogging through the unit history and would appreciate getting access to the AARs that you have. Are they something you could email to me?
One item I would point out to you that you may not already have seen; the 270th FA Btn was attached to the 144th FA Gp for most of the month of August, 1944, so from the time that they were activated for combat on 5-Aug-1944 through the Falaise Gap and supporting the 79th ID Seine River crossing at Mantes-Gassicourt. The California Military Museum has a few good pieces of the history of the 144th FA Gp and, by connection, the 270th. You can find them at the link http://www.militarymuseum.org/HistoryWWII.html . I found the personal memoir by Charles Seneteney particularly interesting, especially for the month that the 270th was attached.
I've also found reading the histories of the units the 270th was supporting to be good for providing background and context into their movements.
Best of luck to you, feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.
Thanks for the link, and the tips. What was your fathers name? I have accumulated 250ish out of the 450ish names for the Battalion so far, but do not have an O'Brien. I still have a long way to go with that. I can try to scan in the AARs once I go back to work. I just don't have the equipment to do it at the house. I will be happy to send you some of the things I have digitized.
Brian, thanks for your response. Hope you are able to safely return to work very soon.
My dad's name was James O'Brien. He joined the 270th in February 1944 at Ft Bragg and, other than a couple detachments to the 243rd FAB, was with the 270th until July 1, 1945 when he was transferred to the 243rd.
I am spending this time going through my Dad's letters to my Mother (fiance at the time) and have come across a few other names of soldiers who were with him in his Survey Section for Battery "C" in August 1944:
Cpl Jim Graves
Cpl Dan Bloom
Pfc Jim Kidwell
Also mentioned (not sure if these individuals were in Survey) are Lt Roslund and Sgt Lidgard.
Here's a couple photos with caption on the back:
First picture is "Early Dec, 1944 - Furweiler, Germany Oszusrulri (sp?) radio, JJ (My Father James J O'Brien), "Little Porky" and Venerable". My Dad is 2nd from the left, looks like he left one name off.
2nd photo is "Betting France, Jan, 1945 Sgt Wolny posing with a 240 projectile"
I'll pass along any other names I come across in my readings.
Best of luck,
Thank you for the info and the photos. I am truly thankful for the help.
Some things that may be of interest to you.
LT Roslund is 1LT Iver Roslund He was the Asst Battalion S-2 (Intel section)
SGT Lidgard was Wounded in Action Aug '44 by enemy aircraft strafing. He was C Btry crane operator
Staff Sgt Jerome Wolney
I have a August Oprzadek listed as a cook for the Battalion. Wonder if that is him in the photo next to your dad with the knife and the pig. Maybe prepping dinner? LOL
if you would like, I can e-mail you my history document I have been working on. Its not very well organized, but has a lot of information about the Battalion. Its still a work in progress too. I am headed into work tomorrow and hopefully will find some time to scan the AARs.
Your response is very interesting, thanks for fleshing these gentlemen's names out. No doubt you're right, August Oprzadek is the man with the knife and, like you say, they ate well that evening! Below find my Father's captions on the back of these photos.
I would love to see your "history document", I'm also working on one that is, to put it mildly, a mess. I am attempting to put the Battalion's movements together with my Dad's letters to my Mom, along with any other detail from the 270th ETO pamphlet, "240", XX Corps docs, and any other pertinent histories like the 144th FA Gp info. With the censorship in effect my Dad's letters during the "Somewhere in ___" phases are light on details. But he put together a 16 page letter that goes from joining the 270th in Feb '43 through July 1, 1945 when he was transferred to the 243rd FA Bn. I would be happy to share what I have with you as well.
If you want, shoot me an e mail and I will push some things I have digitally to you.
between your stuff and mine, we may be able to piece together a pretty neat story.
Thanks to NARA's Facebook page, I just learned about HistoryHub. I wish I found it earlier. The Camp Bunter Society and Museum has been trying to acquire as many rosters of units that came through Camp Butner as possible. A lot of these have come from the pages of published unit histories but off the top of my head, I don't remember if we have anything on the 270th. Seeing that you have not come across any printed roster, I'm assuming we don't have one either.
I will take a look to see if we have anything and report back once I have.
I had a week-long trip to College Park scheduled for the first week they were closed for Covid and digging more into the units was one of the many things on my list. I have never been there before and I'm anxious for the day they open their doors to research again.
Thanks for reaching out. I would love to see anything you guys have on the 270th. I would be happy to share what I have too. I visited the Camp Butner museum about a year ago and hope to make it back again soon. I live down by Fayetteville, so it’s an easy commute.
I was fortunate to spend a day at NARA researching the 270th and wish I had more time. There is so much info there, that 1 day was not enough.
Have you seen the newsletter the 270th wrote while at Butner? GI Hokum was the name. Not sure how many were written. I only have 1ea. I got it from the NC state archives.
Here is the roster I have put together so far. Still a long way from 475ea which was the units TOE authorized strength. Names mainly gained from AARs and Google Searches (mainly obituaries unfortunately).
270th FA personnel as best as I can make it.
CPT Bernard Adams (C Btry CDR)
1LT Eugene Anspach (Motor Officer, Liaison Pilot/Observer shot down over Germany KIA 2 Jan ’45)
MAJ Luther Arnold (Bn XO)
Merle Arnold (Ammo Handler A Btry)
Edwin Atteberry Sr.
TEC5 Frank Baker
TEC4 Delbert Ballengee (HQ Btry FDC Instrument Operator)
PVT Roger Baribeault
TEC5 William Basham
2LT William Battin
TEC4 Herbert Baumann (Bronze Star)
CPL Harry Bennett
CPL Dan Bloom (C Btry, Survey Team)
2LT Ambrose Boles
Henry “Cecil” Borne
John W. Bradshaw
SGT William Brooks
Jack Carberry (Motor Sgt)
Donald Carter (HQ Btry)
PVT Oscar Chandler (Taxicab robbery @ Camp Butner)
CPT Angelo Cicciu (Btry XO)
TEC4 Charles Cormendy (Gun Mechanic)
CPT Paul Culberson (Hq Btry CDR)
Merle Cummings (1SG)
Frank Daly Jr.
David W. Davis
John T. Doughty
______ DeMercy (Commo / Wire Section)
PFC Roy Denman (Medic)
Guy R. Dulin
Daniel J. Dunn
2LT Fidel Dunne
Clovis Z. Edwards
2LT Duane Ellingham
Calvin C. Elmore
1LT LaVerne Emberts (Liaison Pilot shot down over Germany KIA 2 Jan ’45)
2LT Frank Esosito (Asst. Bn S2 and Survey Officer, Aerial Observer)
CPT Howard Fillmer (HQ Btry CDR and COMO)
Luis A. Flores
Edward E. Foster Jr.
2LT Louis Fulop
LTC James C. Gabriel (Bn CDR)
PFC Robert Gittinger
Alfred H. Gonzales
Raul Gonzales (Medic)
CPL James Graves (C Btry, Survey Team)
John W. Greene
2LT Charles Gurganus
2LT Louis Haberkorn
Raymond Hall (Medic)
PVT Hall (Field Survey Instrumentation)
Lewis S. Hammonds
MAJ Robert Hannah (Bn S3)
CPT Stone Harris
TEC5 William Harvey (WIA Aug ’44 enemy aircraft strafing) (C Btry Crane Operator)
Lloyd R. Hawley (A Btry XO)
TEC5 John Heath
Rojelio O. Hernandez (Machine Gunner)
TEC5 Bernard Hillebrandt (Medic)
John W. Hinton
TEC5 Jack Hodges
Fred S. Hopson
MAJ George Howze (Asst S3 and A Battery CDR) (Captured Bn’s first POWs 8ea on 8 Aug 44)
1LT John Hummer (Asst. Bn S2 and Survey Officer) (KIA 1430hrs 15 Nov ’44 by enemy mortar fire near city of Thionville on the East bank of Moselle River)
TEC5 Lavern Hunter
Pablo H. Infante
John F. Jett
Esias J. Johnson
Billy H. Jordan
Louis Kawacha (Field Survey Instrumentation)
PFC James Kidwell (C Btry, Survey Team)
CPT Howard Kingston
2LT Gerald Knackstedt
Walter S. Kohl
2LT Phillip Klatman
Lester R. Kluting
1LT Cyrille John LaBlanc (Aerial Observer / Liaison Pilot)
CPT Dudok Langerak (Bn S4)
James E. Langford
2LT Arthur Larsen
CPL Louis Leal (.50 Cal MG squad)
William M. Lee
2LT Alvan Levenson
TEC4 Wayne Lidgard (WIA Aug ’44 enemy aircraft strafing) (C Btry Crane Operator)
CPL William Loftin
2LT Charles Madden
Tec5 George Marcak (Purple Heart wounded 31 July 1943 New Georgie Island PTO prior to joining unit 23 Nov 1943)
CWO Robert Martin (Bn S1 / Adjutant)
Francis C. Martines
Bacilio V. Martinez
PFC Marcos Martinez
Estarislado L. Mauricio
Anthony J. Mele
Carlton L. McCray
Charlie R. McClain
S/SGT Robert McDonald
William A. Meyers
CPT Roger Michels (Bn Surgeon)
2LT Gray O. Miller
Johnie W. Morgan
TEC4 Kenneth Moore (Medic)
2LT Carrol N. Morris
Bert A. Mullen
Buck Mullens (Ammo SGT)
Marion W. Mullican
CPT Paul Murphy ( Svc Btry CDR and Bn Motor Officer)
CPL Phillip Narcomy
Billy J. Neal
PVT Gilbert Nelson (Taxicab robbery @ Camp Butner)
Harold F. Nickel (Motor Sgt)
Ray F. Noble (A Btry)
James O’Brien (C Btry, Survey Team)
August Oprzadek (Cook)
John Panks III (Field Survey Instrumentation)
Roger A. Parsels (A Btry Clerk)
S/SGT Aylmer Patterson
Frank H. Patterson
PFC ___ Parker (C Btry, Survey Team)
CPT Fred B. Perry (A Btry CDR)
Alvis E. Peters
PFC Arthur Petri (Medic)
2LT August Walter Pfluger (B Btry)
Lawrence R. Potts (Machine Gunner)
Joe A. Pyle (AKA Muscles)
Oscar R. Ramos
S/SGT Edward E. Raetz (Battlefield Commisioned to 2nd Lt 17 Feb ’45)
CPT Robert Ray ( Bn S2 and A Btry CDR)
Victor H. Rogers
1LT Iver Roslund (Asst Bn S2)
2LT James G. Rothrock Jr. (A and C Btry)
1LT Charles Rothaermel (Btry XO)
Antonio G. Ruiz
PFC Armengol Saens (Medic)
1SG Sahr (Btry 1SG)
Santos F. Saldana
Robert S. Sanders
Robert W. Sheegog
Robert W. Sides
S/SGT John Siepieranski (B Btry Motor Sgt and WIA Aug ’44 enemy aircraft starting)
PFC James Sims (Medic)
1LT Paul Sinclair (Aerial Observer)
Ivan J. Slaughter
Irby Earl Slaughter
PFC Calvin Smith
TEC5 James Smith (WIA)
PFC Elliot Smith (WIA Aug ’44 enemy aircraft strafing)
Robert H. Smith
Bill Snodgrass (Ammo bearer B Btry)
CPT Thomas Snyder (B Btry CDR)
Willie E. Sofka
Paul S. Soileau
Ernest J. Sonnier
CPL ___ Spradlin (C Btry, Survey Team)
_______ St. Clair
Lawless A. Stelly
PFC Gerhard Steppke (WIA Jan ’45)
Jeff Stewart (Field Survey Instrumentation)
Riley W. Stuckey Jr.
Earnie E. Tedford
Jack A. Thompson
Joseph W. Thompson
Elmer H. Totsch
Dillard R. Tucker
_______ Uel (Supply Sgt)
Carlos D. Valadez
Albert M. Van De Velde
1SG Vic Velvecates (A Battery 1SG)
Adam E. Wadzinski
1LT Carl A. Walker (Aerial Observer / Liaison Pilot)
Harvey O. Walker
Harry E. Wallace
SGT Robert Wallace
Robert “Barry” Weigert ( Medic Bronze Star and 2ea Purple Hearts)
Ralph W. Wendt
CPL Lester Williams (Medic)
James M. Williamson
2LT Richard Wilson (Liaison Pilot)
S/SGT Alex Woitowitz (Medic)
John (Jack) Wolf
S/SGT Jerome Wolney
John E. Woloszyn
John R. Woolard
Tommy L. Wright
Margarito R. Ybarra
TEC3 Frank Zaleski (Medic and designed an improved Pharmacy chest)
As an amateur, there may be some errors in my findings, but it is to the best of my abilities.
Brian, et al,
The 270th was my grandfather's unit. EE Atteberry Sr. is 8th down on your roster. If I could see the AARs for the unit it would help separate the fact from fiction. Grandpa Atteberry liked to tell stories, some true some not, so the unit history would be extremely helpful. I'll attach 2 photos. One is from a 270th unit reunion with a note on the back that gave me the unit name... which led me here. :-) The other is a photo from after the war when grandpa was in the Texas National Guard. He passed in 1976.
Thanks for your help!
i am very happy you found this post. Sharing the information I have is what keeps me interested in this research.
I have a gmail account that I use for email traffic.
i can be reached at dbnicely at that account.
shoot me an email and I will forward you the AARs I have.
Wow, Brian. That list you've created is going to be much more than we have! I'm impressed with your dedication. In the past few days, I have started building a basic website for the society with the intention of having as many rosters available as possible for units that were at Camp Butner. It is a tedious process and slow going at times. It is to be expected when trying to use OCR software to convert 75 year old rosters to a spreadsheet.
I hope in the next week to start posting some starting with the 60th Med Bn/500 Medical Collections Company, three or so engineer battalions followed by the 89th Infantry Division and some of the 78th Infantry Division
if you run across any Morning Reports, rosters, heck anything related to the 270th please pass it my way.
I found a newsletter from the North Carolina archives called GI Hokum. Written by the 270th while at Camp Butner for pre-deployment training. I have only found 1 edition, and am curious if there are any others.
Got 2ea more names added to the roster today (Thanks to Bill O'Brien for the names)
John Bready and Ward Ashford Both were B Btry Survey Team members.
I have seen a “Butner Battery” mentioned a few times while I have been researching the 270th. From what I have gathered it was captured Axis howitzers used by the Allies mainly during the rationing of gas/ammo period. I found it mentioned a couple of times in AARs. Mostly talking about round counts, etc. but not much more. Anyone know anything more about the unit?