202nd Field Artillery Battalion
United States Army  World War II

United States Army World War II

This web page was created to document, preserve, and share the history of the
202nd Field Artillery Battalion and to honor the more than 600 men who served in it during World War II.

This tribute to the men of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion is a collaborative effort between Mark Mudge and John Niesel.


Mark's father, T/5 David L. Mudge, Jr. was a member of the Instrument and Survey Section of the 202nd's Headquarters Battery. He also was a clerk and jeep driver for the Battalion’s intelligence officers.


John Niesel is the author of the book Howitzers, Grasshoppers and the Holy Right Hand, published in 2008 by his company Framing History.  The book is based on the recollections of the Battalion’s S-2 (Intelligence Officer), Captain Harold Brown.


Our hope is that by providing this resource for those interested in the story of the 202nd Field Artillery Battalion during World War II, we may help surviving veterans and family members learn more about, as well as contribute to, this web-based documentation of the history of the Deuce-O-Deuce during the war. We would like to preserve for posterity the names, history, and photographs of the brave men of the United States Army 202nd Field Artillery Battalion whose personal sacrifices and devoted service to our country will not be forgotten. These men participated in the largest and most violent armed conflict in the history of mankind. It is estimated that 70 million people died during World War II (the  numbers vary from 50 to 85 million) with the majority of them being civilians. The Russian writer and former Soviet WW II soldier Boris Gorbachevsky recently noted, "Comprehension of the most important event of the twentieth century - the victory over fascism - is probably disappearing from the popular consciousness.  This victory saved entire nations from slavery and physical destruction".

In the past few years, we have been in touch with several 202nd F.A. Battalion veterans, and many more descendants of Deuce-O-Deuce members. They have graciously shared their recollections, documents, photographs, and biographies.  We hope many more will contact us in the future.  It has been 70 years since the war ended and now is the time to help preserve this history before it is lost forever.  

Mark Mudge












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