Re: 272nd Field Artillery Battalion - 240mm Howitzer - Europe
Good morning, Kris Miller !
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I don't have any information on your grandfather, but I can provide some 'filler' facts related to his unit.
The 272nd Field Artillery Battalion was formed 15 Mar 43,at Camp Butner, NC, and operated as a truck-drawn 105mm howitzer battalion until Nov-44.
Following training, the 272nd FA BN departed NYPE, 21 Apr 44;
arrived England, 26 Apr 44;
arrived France-ETO, 7 Aug 44.
It was non-divisional, meaning that it was not assigned to
a particular Division at any time, but rather, was assigned to various elements, usually Division/Corps, on an as-needed, where-needed basis.
25. Ardennes-Alsace, 16 Dec 44/24 Jan 45;
26. Central Europe, 22 Mar 45/11 May 45;
32. Northern France, 25 July 44/14 Sept 44;
34. Rhineland, 15 Sept 44/11 May 45.
It was converted to tractor-drawn 240mm howitzer status at some point after Nov-44, as noted above, but I would guess during the Ardennes-Alsace campaign.
Location at War's End, 15 Aug 45:
The battalion arrived at NYPE, 26 Nov 45, and was inactivated
at Camp Kilmer, NJ, the next day.
Perhaps I can identify the ships he made his travels on, if you are interested.
I hope this helps in your quest for "more light" on your hero.
Louie F. Turner