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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Central Decimal Files, 1940 - 1945 in Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that includes the file 314.7 272nd Field Artillery Battalion September-October 1944. The World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) also may contain records of the 272nd Field Artillery Battalion during WWII. Records of lower echelon units, such as a battery, sometimes were incorporated into the files of the battalion. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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We also searched the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project and located the following collections related to the 272nd Field Artillery.
The U.S. Army Artillery Museum may have information about the unit as well.
We searched online and located references stating that the 272nd Field Artillery Battalion was a part of the First U.S. Army, V Corps, 190th Field Artillery Group, under the command of Colonel Wallace Wade, who, before the war, was the head football coach for Duke University.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!