202nd Field Artillery Battalion
United States Army  World War II

United States Army World War II

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           Lt. Kenneth R. Brantley and two Harley-Davidson WLA "hard tails". Photo courtesy of Kathy Brantley Johnson.






T/5 David L. Mudge, Jr., S/Sgt James A. Bullock and possibly Pvt. Raymond Stockton,
all of HQ Battery, circa 1944 or 1945 in Europe. According to a Deuce-O-Deuce veteran,
the signs were posted when the Battalion changed positions to assist supply vehicles
and the ammunition train in locating the Battalion's new position.  The 202nd F.A. Bn.
also used this Native American profile logo on the bumpers of their command vehicles.








Men of "B" Battery, 4th howitzer section, April 1945 in Germany.
Back row L-R, Sgt. Lyle E. Kreckel (Chief of Section), Pfc. John Prokopec,
Pfc. Haston E. Whitmire, Pfc. Howard Boggs, and Cpl. John M. Krantosky.
Front row L-R, Pfc. Raymond Ing, Pfc. Edward V. Piispanen, Pfc. Woodrow W. Marsh,
Cpl. Guilford E. Clark, and Pvt. Edward A. Hedler.
This and the next photo are courtesy of John M. Krantosky, Jr.






Men of "B" Battery, 4th howitzer section, April 1945 in Germany.
Back row on left is Pfc. John Prokopec, Cpl. Guilford Clark, and possibly Pfc. Howard Boggs and Pvt. Edward Hedler.
Middle row L-R, Pfc. Haston E. Whitmire, Sgt. Lyle E. Kreckel with projectile,
Pfc. Edward V. Piispanen, and Cpl. John M. Krantosky with M3 submachine gun
(grease gun). There are two 30-round box magazines taped together in the weapon.
On the front row is Pfc. Woodrow W. Marsh.




 

"A" Battery howitzer with (L-R) Sgt. Donald R. Sloan and Pfc. Herbert S. "Zeke" Norman.
This and the following Russell Whitman photo circa 1944/45 in the ETO.







155mm howitzer of "A" Battery.






Pfc. Woodrow W. Marsh of "B" Battery April 1945 in Germany.






Two unknown soldiers of the Deuce-O-Deuce ca. 1944/45 in the ETO.
David L. Mudge photo.






A Battalion campsite in Germany prior to arrival in Salzburg, Austria ca. 1 May 1945.
Russell Whitman photo.






T/5 David L. Mudge, Jr., HQ Battery, and 1st Lt. Samuel S. Giannetto,
Assistant Battalion Intelligence Officer, circa Winter of 1944/45 in France.
This and the next photo are from the Harold Brown collection.






Pfc. Simon "Doc" Hardin with HQ Battery mess kitchen in Germany 1945.






Survey truck of the 202nd circa 1944/45 in Europe.
David Mudge photo.






Photo of Deuce-O-Deuce officers circa 1944/45 in the ETO.
Possibly Lt. Col. Tom Lewis in background without helmet.
This and the following six photos are courtesy of Merle Jones.





Soldiers of the 202nd F.A. Bn. circa 1944/45 in the ETO.




 

S/Sgt. Newton O. "Doc" Edwards, Medical Detachment, ca. 1944/45 in the ETO.







Aerial reconnaissance photo showing damage from artillery to buildings in France or Germany.








S/Sgt. Newton O. "Doc" Edwards, Medical Detachment, front center,
and T/5 David L. Mudge, Jr., HQ Battery, behind Edwards.
Photo circa 1944/45 in the European Theater of Operations.






S/Sgt Elmore Johns on right side in this photo ca. 1944/45.






2 1/2-ton, 6X6, kitchen truck with a Browning, Heavy Barrel,
Cal. .50, M2 Machine Gun (you don't want to insult their cooking).






First Sergeant Merle Jones, HQ Battery, and one of the Battalion's two Piper
L-4 "Grasshopper" observation and liaison aircraft in Europe 1944 or 1945. It has
the name "Ginger" painted on the fuselage. We are attempting to determine which
pilot that this plane belonged to.  The only reference to a "Ginger" that we have
found so far, is a Ginger who was the manager of Service Club #1 at Camp Howze,
Texas in late 1944 before the Battalion shipped out to Europe.






First Sergeant Merle Jones and unknown soldier 
in Europe circa 1944 or 1945.

 





Some "C" Battery personnel ca. early 1945 in France or Germany.
This and the following nine photos courtesy of Clay Farrar. 





 

"C" Battery personnel circa early 1945 in France or Germany.







"C" Battery personnel circa early 1945 in France or Germany.
The back of this photo was marked "Mike N.".
Possibly T/5 Michael M. Nebesney, a cook, in "C" Battery.








"C" Battery personnel circa early 1945 in France or Germany.








T/5 Robert L. Davis, First Sergeant Brown O. Shelton and Corporal Morris O. Bennett. 
All of "C" Battery, circa Winter of 1944/45 probably in France.









T/5 George Saunders, 1st Lt. James A. Farrell, and Pfc. Romaine Koppelin (all of "C" Battery).
Circa Winter of 1944/45 possibly near Guisberg, France.





S/Sgt Everett H. Robinson, S/Sgt Elmer G. Weimer, and Lt. Clayton P. Farrarof "C" Battery. 
Circa early 1945 in France or Germany.  Note the M1 Carbine and M1 Thompson submachine
gun leaning against the tree on the left.  The Thompson was not a regular issue weapon for field artillery units.









Army censor stamp on the back of one of Lt. Clayton P. Farrar's photographs.
"PASSED FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY   NOT FOR PUBLICATION"
16 FEB 1945   THEATER CENSOR    ETOUSA    1








Cpl. Edward V. Hammer, Scout; and Pfc. William A. Miller, Truck Driver;
both of "C" Battery circa early 1945 in France or Germany.





Sgt. William E. Capehart, a Chief of Section in “C” Battery, who was in charge of a gun crew. Circa Winter of 1944/45 probably in France. In the background on the right is a WC51 or WC52 Dodge ¾ ton 4X4 cargo truck. The WC stood for “weapons carrier”. There is also a US Army tent behind the truck.

 

 



The Deuce-O-Deuce was assigned to the XV Corps, United States Third Army commanded by Lt. General George S. Patton on 2 August 1944. (Third Army patch)






Major John Northup, 202nd F.A. Bn. Executive and Personnel Officer (S-1), circa 1944/45 in France or Germany. These staff officer photos are from the
Harold Brown collection.






1st Lt. Harold E. Brown at Camp
Gruber, OK circa late 1942 or early 1943.
Later, Capt. Brown was appointed
Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2).







1st Lt. Richard Krahn, Battalion Liaison Officer, ca. 1944/45 in France or Germany.



            T/Sgt Fred Lauten, S/Sgt Horace Bumpass,
             T/3 Leroy Brown circa 1944/45 in Europe.







First Sergeant Brown O. Shelton
circa 1944/45 in France or Germany.







"Pyramid of Power" Seventh Army patch.
Control of XV Corps officially passed to the Sixth
Army Group and the Seventh Army on 29 September 1944.  The 202nd F.A. Bn. was now fighting under 
General Alexander M. Patch of the U.S. Seventh Army.

 



      S/Sgt Horace M. Bumpass, Jr. and 1st/Sgt Merle   
   Jones, both of HQ Battery, circa 1944/45 in Europe. 

 

 

 



Major Glenn G. Parmer, Operations Officer
(S-3), circa 1944/45 in France or Germany.







Capt. James McConahay, Capt. John Morton and
Lt. John King circa 1944/45 in France or Germany.






Lts. Marvin W. Krouse, Lester A. U'Ren
and Otis W. Oothoudt circa 1944/45.





1st Lt. John Florence, Battalion Surgeon, who joined
the Deuce-O-Deuce 4 Dec 1944. Photo circa Dec.1944
to early 1945 in France or Germany.






The Battalion was assigned to the
XV Corps on 24 August 1944.







Capt. Charles E. Walker, Assistant Battalion Operations Officer (S-3), circa 1944/45 in France or Germany.
Harold Brown photo.






2nd Lt. Sheldon K. Greenberg, Assistant
Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2),
circa 1944/45 in France or Germany.








          Cpl. John M. Krantosky with M1 Carbine
                         April 1945 in Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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