Posted By:Richard Horrell
Subject:Re: Anthony Cain - 197th AAA Battalion
Post Date:March 03, 2012 at 15:51:06
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197th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion

Activated at Ft. Bliss, TX as the 2nd Battalion, 509th Coast Artillery Regiment, November 10, 1942

Re-organized & re-designated as the 197th Coast Artillery Battalion, January 20, 1943

Re-designated as the 197th AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion, February 13, 1943

Departed New York Port of Embarkation January 2, 1944

Sailed on the RMS Queen Elizabeth

Arrived at Gourock, Scotland, January 8, 1944

Assigned to the 18th AAA Group, First Army, mid January 1944

Attached to the 16th AAA Group, V Corps, First Army, Spring 1944

Based at Weston-super-Mare, England, May 31, 1944

Made an amphibious assault (via LCT, 525 men, 102 vehicles) onto OMAHA Beach, Normandy, France, at approximately 8:30am, Tuesday, June 6, 1944

Normandy June 6-July 24, 1944
Northern France July 25-September 14, 1944
Rhineland September 15, 1944-March 21, 1945
Ardennes-Alsace December 16, 1944-January 15, 1945
Central Europe March 22-May 8, 1945

Liberated Cherbourg, France, June 27, 1944

Based at Balleroy, France, July 24, 1944

Assigned to the 49th AAA Brigade, First Army, August 1, 1944-March 24, 1945

Assigned to III Corps, First Army, March 25-April 10, 1945

Assigned to the 49th AAA Brigade, First Army, April 11-26, 1945

Assigned to the VIII Corps, First Army, April 27-May 7, 1945

V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, May 8, 1945

Served with the Army of Occupation near Andenhausen, Germany

Departed Bremerhaven, Germany, April 2, 1946

Sailed on the SS Lewiston Victory

Arrivad at the New York Port of Embarkation, April 11, 1946

De-activated at Camp Kilmer, NJ, April 12, 1946

In 1950, the unit was awarded by the French Government a Croix de Guerre for the unit's role in the "Normandy Beachhead"

Richard V. Horrell